2019 UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee/Protocol Review and Monitoring System (PRC/PRMS) Members, Specialties and Assistants

PRC/PRMS reviews are conducted by three committees. Committees A and B alternate review of therapeutic oncology trials so that one of the committees meets every two weeks to ensure rapid review of studies and facilitate prompt progression of cancer protocols from the PRC/PRMS to the responsible IRB. Committee C reviews behavioral, cancer epidemiology, cancer control, cancer prevention, and complementary medicine protocols on an ad hoc basis, as needed.

Andrew Laman, MD (Chair) Medical Oncology (Community Physician)
Yana Najjar, MD (Vice-Chair) Hematology/Oncology
Yoshio Arai, MD Radiation Oncology
Kathleen Dorritie, MD Hematology/Oncology
Jackie Hahn-Efrati, CCRP Regulatory Specialist (CRS)
Annie Im, MD Hematology/Oncology
Dhaval Mehta, MD Hematology/Oncology
Ashwin Somasundaram, MD Hematology/Oncology
Laura Stabile, PhD Pharmacology & Chemical Biology
Sarah Taylor, MD Gynecologic Oncology
Roby Thomas, MD Hematology/Oncology
Hong Wang, PhD / Shuyan Zhai Statistician
Donald Woytowitz, MD Hematology/Oncology
William Maguire, MD (non-voting) Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
Richard Wu, MD, PhD (non-voting) Fellow, Hematology/Oncology


Leonard Appleman, MD, PhD (Chair) Hematology/Oncology
Michael Boyiadzis, MD (Vice-Chair) Hematology/Oncology
Andrew Bukowinski, MD Phase I/COG, CHP
Melissa Burgess, MD Hematology/Oncology
Diwakar Davar, MD Hematology/Oncology
Rajeev Dhupar, MD Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery
William Gooding/ Yongli Shuai Statistician
Sawa Ito, MD, PhD Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant and Cell Therapy
Udai Kammula, MD Surgical Oncology
Jodi Maranchie, MD Urology
Brieana Marino, MA Regulatory Manager (CRS)
Adam Olson, MD Radiation Oncology
Linda Robertson, RN, MSN, DrPH Hematology/Oncology – Multiple Myeloma, Immunology
John Schmitz, PhD Faculty, Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics
Liza Villaruz, MD Hematology/Oncology
Zahra Kelly, DO (non-voting) Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
Chaoyuan Kuang, MD, PhD (non-voting) Fellow, Hematology/Oncology


Linda Robertson, RN, MSN, DrPH (Chair) Assoc. Director, Health Equity, Education and Advocacy
Catherine Bender, PhD, RN Professor, Nursing & CTSI
Dana Bovbjerg, PhD Biobehavioral Oncology Program
Karen Holeva, BS Manager, Radiation Oncology Research
Yan Lin, PhD Biostatistician
Donna Posluszny, PhD Asst. Professor, Behavioral Medicine Clinical Service
Jian-Min Yuan, MD, PhD Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Control


Alternates (A/B) Specialty
Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD Hematology/Oncology/Breast
Timothy Burns, MD Hematology/Oncology
James Pingpank, MD Surgical Oncology
Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD Oncology, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (Pitt)