University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Program Members

Mark Socinski Mark Socinski, MD (Leader)
Email: socinskima@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Lung cancer; clinical trials

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Michael Becich Michael Becich, MD, PhD
Email: becich@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Translational bioinformatics; oncology informatics; tissue banking and pathology informatics; prostate tumor cell biology; research resource development; content-based image retrieval and digital libraries

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William Bigbee William Bigbee, PhD
E-mail: bigbeewl@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Cancer biomarkers; non-small-cell lung carcinoma; proteomics; mass spectrometry

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Timothy Burns Timothy Burns, MD, PhD
Email: burnstf@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Targeted therapeutics for KRAS-mutant non-small cell lung carcinomas; role of TWIST1 in NSCLC; chemoresistance; Hsp90 inhibitors

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Neil Christie Neil Christie, MD
Email: nac8@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Thoracic surgery; thoracic oncology

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Sanja Dacic Sanja Dacic, MD, PhD
Email: dacics@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Lung neoplasms; biological tumor markers

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Jon Davison Jon Davison, MD
Email: davisonjm@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Clinical, pathologic and molecular determinants of the behavior and outcomes of esophageal carcinoma and Barrett's esophagus

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Roger Day Roger Day, ScD
Email: day01@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Bioinformatics; biostatistics

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Melvin Deutsch Melvin Deutsch, MD
Email: deutschm@msx.upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Radiation oncology

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Rajiv Dhir Rajiv Dhir, MD
Email: dhirr@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Genitourinary (GU) pathology; biomarkers related to GU disease; tissue banking

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Brenda Diergaarde Brenda Diergaarde, PhD
Email: bbd3@pitt.edu or diergaardeb@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Role of environmental factors, genetic variation and gene-environment interactions in the development, progression and treatment of cancer; molecular and genetic epidemiology

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Photo Unavailable Michael Epperly, PhD
Email: epperlymw@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Radiation oncology; manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) radiation protection

Carl Fuhrman Carl Fuhrman, MD
Email: fuhrcr@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Oncologic imaging

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Mark Gladwin Mark Gladwin, MD
Email: gladwinmt@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Pulmonary hypertension; cellular effects of nitric oxide; investigational therapeutics

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Vanathi Gopalakrishnan Vanathi Gopalakrishnan, PhD
Email: vanathi@cbmi.upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Bioinformatics; computational biology

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Joel Greenberger Joel Greenberger, MD
Email: greenbergerjs@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Radiation oncology; superoxide dismutase; stem cells; gene therapy

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Dwight Heron Dwight Heron, MD, FACRO
Email: herond2@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Radiation oncology

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M. Saiful Huq M. Saiful Huq, PhD, DABR, FAAPM, FInstP
Email: huqs@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Radiation oncology

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Brenda Kurland Brenda Kurland, PhD
Email: bfk10@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Biostatistics; clinical research design; functional imaging

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Vera Levina Vera Levina, PhD
Email: levinav@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Lung cancer stem cells; non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); radiation resistance; signal transduction; heat shock protein 90 (hsp90); targeted therapeutics

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James Luketich James Luketich, MD
Email: luketichjd@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Esophagogastric and lung carcinoma; benign esophageal disease View More

Katie Nason Katie Nason, MD, MPH
Email: nasonks@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Thoracic surgery; epidemiology of esophageal cancer; cancer screening for early diagnosis

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Luis Ortiz Luis Ortiz, MD
Email: lao1@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Lung cancer; immunobiology

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Arjun Pennathur Arjun Pennathur, MD
Email: arjunp@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Molecular staging of esophageal and lung cancer; image-guided technologies Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiofrequency Ablation for the treatment of lung cancer; surgical outcomes research; minimally invasive thoracic surgery and robotics

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John Reilly, Jr John Reilly, Jr, MD
Email: reillyj@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Genetic and environmental factors associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); Role of alveolar macrophage enzymes in emphysema, COPD, and lung cancer

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Frank Sciurba Frank Sciurba, MD
Email: sciurbafc@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Molecular epidemiology; pharmacogenomics; cancer susceptibility

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Steven Shapiro Steven Shapiro, MD
Email: shapirosd@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Role of inflammatory cell derived proteinases in the progression of COPD/emphysema and lung cancer

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Laura Stabile Laura Stabile, PhD
Email: las22@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Protein kinases and phosphatases

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Liza Villaruz Liza Villaruz, MD
Email: villaruzl@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Clinical trials in lung cancer; novel therapeutics

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Joel Weissfeld Joel Weissfeld, MD, MPH
E-mail: jwepid@pitt.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Cancer epidemiology; health services research

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David Wilson David Wilson, MD, MPH
Email: wilsondo@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Lung cancer screening and chemoprevention, diagnosis, staging and treatment; COPD, especially as it relates to lung cancer; occupational lung diseases; general pulmonary medicine

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Samuel Yousem Samuel Yousem, MD
Email: yousemsa@upmc.edu
Research Interests / Keywords:
Inflammatory lung disease and lung transplantation; pulmonary neoplasia; molecular predictors of biologic behavior and therapeutic responsiveness

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