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David N. Korones, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-2981

Office: (585) 275-2981

Fax: (585) 273-1039

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Cancer, Palliative Care, Pediatrics


I believe that children with cancer do best when they and their parents are full partners on the treatment team. That means sitting down, taking time, listening to them and their struggles, showing them you care, responding to them with openness and honesty, and offering our expertise (and our team's expertise) to meet their needs.

Pediatric hematology/oncology is an exciting and challenging field, and I feel very lucky and privileged to have an opportunity to work in this field. We are doing so much better than when I started a quarter century ago, but there is still much to be done and I still strive to make a difference for the children we treat. .My areas of expertise are pediatric neuro-oncology, in addition to adult and pediatric palliative care. I am just a regular guy who happened to choose pediatric hematology/ oncology as my life's work. My dress shirt and tie is a work costume – my real outfit is jeans and a T-shirt!

Conditions I Treat:

All pediatric cancers
Palliative care for children and adults

Professional Background

Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine

Dr. Korones is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He currently directs the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program and is the founder and director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong. He is active locally, nationally and internationally, serving locally on the Board of Directors of Camp Good Days and DayStar, nationally, on the Editorial Board of the Art of Oncology for Journal of Clinical Oncology and on the Data Safety Monitoring and Review Board at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Internationally, he is a member of the steering committee of a program to bring formal pediatric hematology/oncology care and training to Ethiopia, and is a member of the SIOP-sponsored Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries Wilms tumor study committee.


My interests are focused on brain tumors in adults and children, and palliative care. I have conducted, and continue to conduct clinical trials for both children and adults with newly diagnosed and recurrent brain tumors. I have conducted a clinical trial through the Children's Oncology Group, and my current studies are local and multi-institutional investigator-initiated pharmaceutical-sponsored trials. I also have written review articles and chapters on brain tumors and palliative care, and conducted retrospective studies related to palliative care for children with cancer.



MD | Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1988 - 06/30/1991
Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1986 - 06/30/1988
Fellowship in Pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital

07/01/1984 - 06/30/1986
Residency in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1983 - 06/30/1984
Internship in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Connie Raffa Hospice Hero Award
Sponsor: Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York(HPCANYS)

2015 - 2015
CURE Hometown Hero Award
Sponsor: CURE Childhood Cancer Association
Location: Rochester, New York

2015 - 2015
Rochester Business Journal Health Care Achievement Award
Location: Rochester, New York

2015 - 2015
Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Senior Physician Award in Palliative Care

CURE Hometown Hero Award
Sponsor: CURE (Childhood Cancer Association)

2013 - 2013
Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Camp Good Days and Special Times Ring of Honor
Location: Rochester, NY

Ruth A. Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award in Clinical Services
Location: SMH, Rochester, NY

Gold Humanism Honor Society

2007 - 2014
America's Top Cancer Doctors

Make a Difference Award
Sponsor: Melissa's Living Legacy Foundation

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

2004 - 2009
Best Doctors in America list
Sponsor: America's Best Doctors

The Rising Star Humanitarian Award
Sponsor: Make-a-Wish Foundation

The Gitelman Award
Sponsor: Cancer Action and Gilda's Club

The 2000 Miracle Maker Award for Outstanding Service by a Physician

The Teddi Award
Sponsor: Camp Good Days and Special Times

American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award

Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Students of the Class of 1992
Location: University of Rochester

Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Students of the Class of 1990
Location: University of Rochester

Outstanding Resident Teaching Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Students of the Class of 1987
Location: University of Rochester

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Journal Articles

Fries C, Girvin AR, Korones DN, Weintraub L, Fitzpatrick L, Andolina JR. "Myeloablative Carboplatin and Thiotepa With Autologous Stem Cell Rescue for Nonmedulloblastoma High-risk CNS Tumors in Young Children." Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology.. 2021 May 18; Epub 2021 May 18.

Buhlinger KM, Borlagdan J, Agegnehu B, Fentie AM, Bernstein AT, Urick BY, Roberts M, Weitzman S, Bekele W, Korones D, Alexander TB, Broas J, Shad A, Dinkiye AM, Clark SM, Adam H, Hailu D, Muluneh B. "Results of a pre-implementation analysis of Ethiopia's National Pediatric Cancer Registry." Journal of oncology pharmacy practice : official publication of the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners.. 2020 Dec 20; :1078155220980051. Epub 2020 Dec 20.

Hailu D, Fufu Hordofa D, Adam Endalew H, Karimi Mutua D, Bekele W, Bonilla M, Çeliker MY, Challinor J, Dotan A, Habashy C, Kumar PN, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Wali RM, Weitzman S, Broas J, Korones DN, Alexander TB, Shad AT. "Training pediatric hematologist/oncologists for capacity building in Ethiopia." Pediatric blood & cancer.. 2020 Dec; 67(12):e28760. Epub 2020 Oct 13.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice
Author List: Weaver M, Carter B, Keefer P, Korones DN, Miller ED
Published By: . 2017

Book Title: Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas: treatments and controversiesIn Advances in Cancer Research
Author List: Bredlau AL, Korones DN
Published By: . 2014

Chapter Title: Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas in children: treatment (an update)
Book Title: Tumors of the Central Nervous System
Author List: Bredlau AL, Korones DN
Edited By: MA Hayat
Published By: Springer 2014 in Netherlands




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