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I selected the field of radiation oncology because it offered a unique blend of art and science where I could treat and cure a serious disease. My introduction to the field started at a young age as my father was a radiation oncologist when the specialty was in its infancy, but even then I saw how rewarding the job could be and so I pursued the specialty when I entered medical school. As I gained clinical experience in my residency, my passion for treating patients with cancer and improving the quality of care I could deliver grew. I decided after residency to take additional training in brachytherapy at the Gustave-Roussy Institute in France. I was able to perform numerous procedures and gain extensive practical experience. In addition, I saw the field from a different perspective which allowed me to grow as a physician. All of this training prepared me well for a career in academic radiation oncology. When I joined the faculty at NYU, I became a clinician educator, which allowed me to treat patients in the most advanced manner possible and also impart this knowledge to residents and medical students. I joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2018 and look forward to continuing to advance the field. I am also honored to be the Residency Program Director so that I can teach and mentor fine young physicians as they begin their careers.
Clinical & Academic Positions
Assistant Attending Radiation Oncologist
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology (Interim)
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Education & Training
- M.D., University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1995
- B.A., University of Virginia, 1991
Honors & Awards
University of Virginia Echols Scholar
University of Virginia Intermediate Honors
Hellenic Medical Society of New York Leonidas Lantzounis Research Grant Award
Honorable Mention: Hellenic Medical Society of New York Medical Essay Competition
Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Golden Key National Honor Society
American College of Radiation Oncology Howard H. Wong Fellow in Endovascular Brachytherapy: The Scripps Clinic and Cardiovascular Research Foundation, La Jolla, California, USA
American College of Radiology Distinguished Service Award
European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology/Nucletron Travel Grant Award
Outstanding Service Award: Department of Radiation Oncology, New York University School of Medicine
LEADS program Participant, New York University School of Medicine: The Scientific Management and Leadership Program (LEADS Program) is sponsored by the Office of Science and Research (OSR). The program guides participants on developing numerous skills such as mentoring staff, hiring and firing, managing conflict, teaching and presenting effectively, and build successful relationships and collaborations.
Dr. Sanfilippo is a radiation oncologist with special interest in treatment of head and neck, thoracic, cutaneous, and genitourinary malignancies. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Virginia and completed his residency training in radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. He then spent an additional year of training in brachytherapy at the Gustave-Roussy Institute in Villejuif, France. Following a short time in private practice, Dr. Sanfilippo joined the faculty at New York University School of Medicine where he was a member of the disease management groups in head and neck, genitourinary, and melanoma services. He also served as Clinical Medical Director and later Vice Chairman for Clinical Operations in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology in 2014.
Dr. Sanfilippo has authored numerous original reports, reviews, and textbook chapters. He is also co-authoring a textbook on intensity modulated radiation therapy. He has received numerous research grants from both private and public entities including the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Sanfilippo joined Weill Cornell Medicine in 2018 as Vice Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Residency Program Director, and Director of Quality Assurance.