Celebrating 25 years of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Over the last 25 years, UPCI has changed almost as much as has the city of Pittsburgh.
What began as a cancer research center funded with a few million dollars and the vision of a number of regional leaders quickly became one of the fastest-growing cancer institutes in the country. Under the leadership of founding director Ronald Herberman, MD, who arrived in Pittsburgh in 1985, UPCI received its designation as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in record time — just five years. The NCI designation confirms that UPCI is one of the elite cancer centers across the country in basic, translational and clinical research as well as a leader in providing cancer prevention, compassionate patient care and support, and community-based outreach services through UPMC Cancer Centers, UPCI’s partner in cancer care.
Looking to Our Future
As a cancer institute, we are looking to the future with great anticipation. We are using this landmark year of our 25th anniversary to rededicate ourselves to our mission:
- improving our understanding of how cancer develops
- defining lifesaving approaches for cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment
- educating future generations of scientists and clinicians.
We’ve made great strides, but there is still much work to be done. At UPCI, we are ready to tackle that work with a renewed energy and sense of determination.