UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Research Executive Advisory Committee

The Research Executive Advisory Committee (REAC) is focused on research-related issues. Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, Director of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, co-chairs the committee with his two Deputy Directors, Edward Chu, MD and Chad Ellis, PhD. The REAC meets twice per month to discuss a broad range of research issues, including: basic, translational, and clinical research; overall strategic planning to achieve future goals; and assessment of needs and opportunities for recruitment and infrastructure development. The Shared Resource Directors are also invited to attend the REAC meetings.

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD (Co-Chair) Director, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Hillman Professor of Oncology; Co-Director, Tumor Microenvironment Center; Associate Vice-Chancellor for Cancer Research; Professor of Otolaryngology, of Immunology, and of Radiation Oncology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Edward Chu, MD (Co-Chair) Deputy Director, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology; Co-Leader, Cancer Therapeutics Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Stanley M. Marks, MD-OHA Chair in Hematology/Oncology Leadership and Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Chad A. Ellis, PhD (Co-Chair) Deputy Director, Research Administration, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Chris Bakkenist, PhD Associate Director, Education and Training, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Radiation Oncology and of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Michael Becich, MD, PhD Chair and Distinguished Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics; Professor of Pathology, Information Sciences/Telecommunications, and Clinical/Translational Sciences; Associate Director, Cancer Informatics; Associate Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Catherine M. Bender, PhD Co-Leader, Biobehavioral Cancer Control Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Nancy Glunt Hoffman Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing, Professor of Oncology Nursing, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Dana Bovbjerg, PhD Co-Leader, Biobehavioral Cancer Control Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, and Clinical and Translational Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD Co-Leader, Cancer Therapeutics Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Co-Director, Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center; Associate Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology; Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Ronald Buckanovich, MD, PhD Co-Leader, Cancer Biology Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Director, Ovarian Cancer Center of Excellence; Co-Director, Women’s Cancer Research Center, Magee-Womens Research Institute; Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Devin Dressman, PhD Associate Director, Research Operations and Strategic Alliances, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Leisha Emens, MD, PhD Co-Leader, Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Director of Translational Immunotherapy, Women’s Cancer Research Center; Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Shou-Jiang (SJ) Gao, PhD Leader, Cancer Virology Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Pittsburgh Foundation Professor for Cancer Drug Discovery; Professor, Dept of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
James G. Herman, MD Co-Leader, Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology; UPMC Endowed Chair for Lung Cancer Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
John M. Kirkwood, MD Director, Melanoma Disease Center; Usher Professor of Medicine, Dermatology & Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Adrian V. Lee, PhD Staff Research Investigator, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Director, Institute for Precision Medicine; Professor of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Linda M. McAllister-Lucas, MD, PhD Staff Research Investigator, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Steffi Oesterreich, PhD Co-Leader, Cancer Biology Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Co-Director, Women’s Cancer Research Center, Magee-Womens Research Institute; Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Patricia L. Opresko, PhD Co-Leader, Genome Stability Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Bhanu Pappu, PhD, MHA Associate Director, Clinical Research Operations, and Vice President, Clinical Research Operations and Strategy, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Linda Robertson, DrPH, RN, MSN Associate Director, Health Equity and Community Outreach & Engagement, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD, CRNP-C Associate Director, Catchment Area Research, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Nursing and Medicine; Vice Chair of Research, Dept of Acute and Tertiary Care, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Shivendra V. Singh, PhD Associate Director, Basic Research, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; UPMC Chair in Cancer Prevention Research; Professor of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, and Urology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Heath Skinner, MD, PhD Member, Radiation Oncology Modality Center, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Bennett Van Houten, PhD Co-Leader, Genome Stability Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Richard M. Cyert Professor of Molecular Oncology, Dept of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dario Vignali, PhD Co-Leader, Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Co-Director, Tumor Microenvironment Center; Frank Dixon Chair in Cancer Immunology; Vice Chair and Professor of Immunology, Dept of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Peter Wipf, PhD Co-Leader, Cancer Therapeutics Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, Dept of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Antoinette J. Wozniak, MD Associate Director, Clinical Research; Co-Director, UPMC Lung Cancer Disease Section; Co-Director, UPMC Lung Cancer Center of Excellence, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center of Excellence, Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Jian-Min Yuan, MD, PhD Associate Director, Cancer Control and Population Sciences and Co-Leader, Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Arnold Palmer Endowed Chair in Cancer Prevention; Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Dan Zandberg, MD Director, Head and Neck Cancer Disease Section, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Hassane M. Zarour, MD Co-Leader, Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Medicine, of Immunology and of Dermatology; James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Chair in Melanoma Immunotherapy Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Lin Zhang, PhD Chair, Annual Scientific Retreat Committee, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine