UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Research Executive Advisory Committee

The Research Executive Advisory Committee is focused on research-related issues. Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, Director of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, serves as chair of this committee, which also includes Hillman leaders who have responsibilities for academic and research activities. The Research Executive Advisory Committee 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.

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD 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
Chris Bakkenist, PhD Associate Director, Education and Training, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Pittsburgh
David L. Bartlett, MD Staff Investigator, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Vice Chair, Surgical Oncology Services, Professor of Surgery and of Clinical and Translational Science, 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 Oncology 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 Oncology Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, and Clinical and Translational Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD Associate Director, Translational Research, Co-Leader, Cancer Therapeutics Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Associate Chief, Hematology-Oncology, UPMC; Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Ronald Buckanovich, MD, PhD Co-Leader, Cancer Biology Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology; Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Division of Gynecology/Oncology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Edward Chu, MD Deputy Director, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Chief, Division of Hematology-Oncology; Co-Leader, Hillman Cancer Therapeutics Program; 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 Deputy Director, Research Administration, 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; Professor, Dept of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
James G. Herman, MD Co-Leader, Hillman 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 Center; Usher Professor of Medicine, Dermatology & Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Adrian V. Lee, PhD Director, Institute for Precision Medicine; Professor of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology and of Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Linda M. McAllister-Lucas, MD, PhD Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Daniel P. Normolle, PhD Director, Biostatistics Facility, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Associate Professor of Biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh
Steffi Oesterreich, PhD Co-Leader, Cancer Biology Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director of Education, Women’s Cancer Research Center
Patricia L. Opresko, PhD Co-Leader, Genome Stability Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor, Dept of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Bhanu Pappu, PhD, MHA Vice President for 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; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Margaret Q. Rosenzweig, PhD Associate Director, Catchment Area Research, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Acute & Tertiary Care, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Shivendra V. Singh, PhD Associate Director, Basic Research, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, and Urology, 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, and Professor of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dario A. Vignali, PhD Co-Leader, Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Co-Director, Tumor Microenvironment Center; Professor and Vice Chair, Dept of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Zhou Wang, PhD Director, Urological Research; UPMC Chair in Urological Research; Professor of Urology, Pathology and Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Theresa L. Whiteside, PhD Professor of Pathology, Immunology, and Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Peter Wipf, PhD Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, Dept of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Antoinette Wozniak, MD Associate Director, Clinical Research; Director, Lung Cancer Disease Section; Co-Director, UPMC Lung Cancer Center of Excellence, UPMC 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; Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Dan P. Zandberg, MD Director, Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer Disease Sections; 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, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Lin Zhang, PhD Chair, Hillman Cancer Center Retreat Committee, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine