Clinical Research

In collaboration with the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center patient care network and with support from Clinical Protocol and Data Management (CPDM), Hillman investigators are leading innovative clinical trials that offer patients access to the latest cancer tests and treatments. Before clinical trials can become active, they must be approved through the Protocol Review Committee/Protocol Review and Monitoring System (PRC/PRMS). The Data and Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC) provides oversight for and ensures the safety of participants in clinical trials.

To capitalize on our expertise and provide consistent oversight, CPDM uses a disease-specific centers model for conducting clinical trials at Hillman. Each Disease Center is supported by the Clinical Research Services team, meets on a regular basis, and possesses the specialized expertise required to review and prioritize trial concepts and monitor the relative scientific merit, feasibility, progress, and safety of trials in a specific focus area. As such, they prepare informational materials for separate consideration by the DSMC and PRC/PRMS, which have Hillman-wide responsibilities and authorities.

Clinical Disease Centers and Leadership

Disease Center Director Clinical Research Manager
Biobehavioral Center Dana Bovbjerg, PhD
Kathryn Schmitz, PhD
Josh Plassmeyer
Brain Center Jan Drappatz, MD Linda Elias
Breast Center Marija Balic, MD Josh Plassmeyer
Gastrointestinal (GI) Center Anwaar Saeed, MD Clare Grzejka
Genitourinary (GU) Center Leonard Appleman, MD, PhD Brieana Marino
Gynecologic Center Alexander Olawaiye, MD Josh Plassmeyer
Head and Neck Center Dan Zandberg, MD Jen Ruth
Immunotherapy and Drug Development Center Jason Luke, MD
Jan Beumer PharmD, PhD
Liza Villaruz, MD
Julie Urban
Lung Center Tim Burns, MD, PhD Jen Ruth
Malignant Hematology Center Warren Shlomchik, MD Linda Elias
Melanoma Center Diwakar Davar, MD Amy Rose
Pediatric Center Jean Tersak, MD Susana Traub
Radiation Oncology Center Heath Skinner, MD, PhD Brie Marino
Sarcoma Center Melissa Burgess, MD Amy Rose