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Mission, Vision and Leadership


It is the mission of the Upstate Cancer Center to reduce the burden of cancer in the communities we serve through clinical care, education, and biomedical research.


  • Improve cancer outcomes for Central New York, including survival, symptom management, supportive, and end-of-life care
  • Improve community awareness, education, and prevention regarding cancer.
  • Emphasize a collaborative practice with regional/national brand.
  • Achieve recognition in basic, translational, and clinical research and population science.
  • Become the first-choice site for education, training, and employment of oncology professionals.
  • Grow together under an aligned cancer care model.

Upstate Cancer Center Leadership

Director (Interim)
Thomas J. VanderMeer, MD, FACS

Deputy Director 
Gennady Bratslavsky, MD

Associate Director for Clinical Research
Teresa Gentile, MD, PhD

Associate Director for Basic and Translational Research
Leszek Kotula, MD, PhD

Associate Administrator
Jennifer Logiudice, DBA

Director of Business Development and Strategy
Erin Bolsei, MBA, CPA

Associate Director of Nursing 
Kristin L. Soper, DNP, MS, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNP

Assistant Director of Nursing
Jessica Rauscher MSN, RN, FNP-BC, OCN

Associate Director of Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Services
Andrew Burgdorf, PharmD,BCPS

Director of Clinical Operations
JJ Yakowec, DrPH, MPH

Director of Quality and Patient Safety
Derek R. Kurtz, MHA, CPHQ