Marija Balic, MD, ScD, MBA, Joins UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Headshot of Marija Balic, MD.

Please join us in welcoming Marija Balic, MD, ScD, MBA to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, effective March 1, 2024 as professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Balic will provide three half days per week at the outpatient clinic of UPMC Magee Breast Cancer Clinic and serve as co-director of Magee Women’s Cancer Program, clinical co-leader of the Women’s Cancer Research Center (WCRC), and Scientific Director of the NSABP Foundation Translational Research Program. As co-director of Magee Women’s Cancer Program, she will provide overall direction for the breast cancer program at Pitt and UPMC in coordination with the other discipline co-leaders. As clinical co-leader of WCRC, she will provide breast clinical science expertise to guide the mission of the center, represent WCRC at local and national events, and organize educational and other events. She will also develop an active research program focusing on clinical and translational research in breast cancers working closely with other members of the breast cancer disease team and of our cancer center research programs.

Dr. Balic is joining us from the Medical University of Graz, where she was deputy head of the Department of Oncology, head of the interdisciplinary breast center, head of the research unit for translational breast cancer research, head of the clinical trial unit in the Department of Oncology, lead coordinator for clinical studies in the Department of Internal Medicine, and program director for breast cancer. 

She is a prolific member of the breast cancer research community with several ongoing projects with funding, over 100 publications, mentorship of graduate students, numerous presentations at scientific symposia and conferences around the globe, and service to committees and boards. 

Dr. Balic earned her MD from the Karl-Franzens University of Graz, School of Medicine and her Dr. Sci. Med and MBA from the Medical University of Graz in Austria.

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