University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

About UPCI


Clinical Executive Advisory Committee

Nancy E. Davidson, MD and Stanley Marks, MDNancy E. Davidson, MD, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and UPMC CancerCenter, is assisted in the management of the Institute by members of the UPCI Clinical Executive Advisory Committee. Members work closely and interact on a regular basis to coordinate programs and activities across UPCI. The weekly UPCI Clinical Executive Advisory Committee meeting provides a forum for such interactions and collaborations. During these meetings, a wide range of policies and action items are discussed by the group, with specific action plans formulated and rapidly implemented.

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Research Executive Advisory Committee

The Research Executive Advisory Committee is focused on research-related issues. Dr. Davidson serves as chair of this committee, which also includes UPCI leaders who have responsibilities for academic and research activities. During a weekly Research Executive Advisory Committee, a broad range of research issues are discussed, including: basic, translational, and clinical research; overall strategic planning to achieve future goals; and assessment of needs and opportunities for recruitment and infrastructure development.

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UPCI Research Leaders

UPCI receives a total of $173 million in peer-reviewed research grants, and is ranked 11th in funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). More than 600 Institute faculty and staff members, representing over 30 disciplines, work together closely to improve the understanding of cancer and to develop new lifesaving procedures in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. UPCI research programs fall into the following categories:

  • Clinical (oriented mainly towards cancer in humans)
  • Basic (focused on the cellular and molecular activities of cancer)
  • Population Sciences (studying the effects of environmental, geographical, and behavioral effects on cancer).

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UPCI Shared Resource Directors

The shared resources at UPCI include state-of-the-art facilities that provide infrastructure, technology, support, and expertise to enhance basic, translational, and clinical cancer research with a goal to provide outstanding service at reasonable cost. In addition to standard service offerings, most facilities will also work with researchers to provide customized procedures as needed. Facility Directors provide expert consultation and, in some cases, may participate as co-investigators on research faculty grants.

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UPCI External Advisory Board

The UPCI External Scientific Advisory Board includes prominent physicians, scientists, and cancer center directors who are nationally and internationally recognized for their scientific and clinical contributions. The Board convenes annually to review UPCI programs and activities, and to provide detailed advice on a wide range of scientific and organizational issues, including development of new research programs, evaluation of existing programs, recruitment of key scientific leadership, review of shared facilities, and ad hoc review of key issues. Input from the Board is extremely valuable for reviewing the scientific and clinical research programs of UPCI and for assessing progress of the research endeavors.

UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter Council

The UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter Council, which includes more than 50 of Pittsburgh’s prominent leaders, provides advice and support to the executive management of UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter. Council members serve as ambassadors to the community to promote the core missions of UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter:

  • Advance the understanding of cancer
  • Develop innovative methods for cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Provide state-of-the-art cancer care.

Council members annually recognize faculty, who have been nominated by their peers, for their commitment to improving the understanding of cancer biology or providing compassionate patient care; and staff, who have given outstanding service to UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter.

Council members also help to secure funding to support research and clinical outreach efforts, and to promote relationships between UPCI faculty and members of the business community that help to guide technology-transfer activities.

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