2020 UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee/Protocol Review and Monitoring System (PRC/PRMS) Members and Specialties

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
Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD Hematology/Oncology/Breast
David Clump, MD Radiation Oncology
Kathleen Dorritie, MD Hematology/Oncology
Jackie Hahn-Efrati, CCRP Regulatory Specialist (CRS)
Annie Im, MD Hematology/Oncology
Anuradha Krishnamurthy, MD Hematology/Oncology
Jason Luke, MD Immunotherapeutics/Hematology/Oncology
William Maguire, MD Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
Megan Mantica, MD Neuro-Oncology
Gretta Rainey, PharmD Pharmacist
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


Leonard Appleman, MD, PhD (Chair) Hematology/Oncology
Michael Boyiadzis, MD (Vice-Chair) Hematology/Oncology
Anne Blake, RPh Pharmacist
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
Udai Kammula, MD Surgical Oncology
Zahra Kelly, DO Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
Chaoyuan Kuang, MD, PhD Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
Frank Lieberman, MD Neuro-oncology/Medicine
Jodi Maranchie, MD Urology
Brieana Marino, MA Regulatory Manager (CRS)
Dhaval Mehta, MD Hematology/Oncology
Adam Olson, MD Radiation Oncology
Linda Robertson, DrPH, RN, MSN Hematology/Oncology – Multiple Myeloma, Immunology
John Schmitz, PhD Faculty, Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics
Liza Villaruz, MD Hematology/Oncology


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


Alternates (A/B) Specialty
Tullia Bruno, MD Immunology/Immunotherapy
Timothy Burns, MD Hematology/Oncology
Jeffrey Goff / Brian Miller Pharmacy
Adrian Lee, PhD Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
Peter Lucas, MD, PhD Translational Pathology, Biology and Pediatrics
Yuri Nikiforov, MD, PhD Molecular and Genomic Pathology
Robert Redner, MD Hematology/Oncology
Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD Oncology, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (Pitt)
Heath Skinner, MD, PhD Genome Stability / Radiation Oncology