University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Program Members

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

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Michael Becich, MD, PhD Michael Becich, MD, PhD
Email: becich@pitt.edu
Research 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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Timothy Burns, MD, PHD Timothy Burns, MD, PHD
Email: burnstf@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Mutant KRAS; oncogenes; non-small cell lung carcinoma; lung cancer; TWIST1; chemoresistance; Hsp90 inhibitors; targeted cancer therapies

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Neil Christie, MD Neil Christie, MD
Email: christiena@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Thoracic surgery; thoracic oncology

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

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Jon M. Davison, MD Jon M. Davison, MD
Email: davisonjm@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Barrett's esophagus; esophageal carcinoma

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

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

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Brenda Diergaarde, PhD Brenda Diergaarde, PhD
Email: diergaardeb@upmc.edu
Research 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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Michael Epperly, PhD Michael Epperly, PhD
Email: epperlymw@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Radiation oncology; manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) radiation protection

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Carl Fuhrman, MD Carl Fuhrman, MD
Email: fuhrmancr@radserv.arad.upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Oncologic imaging

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

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Vanathi Gopalakrishnan, PhD Vanathi Gopalakrishnan, PhD
Email: vanathi@pitt.edu
Research Keywords:
Bioinformatics; computational biology

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Joel S. Greenberger, MD Joel S. Greenberger, MD
Email: greenbergerjs@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Radiation mitigator; radiation protection; lung cancer

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

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Brenda F. Kurland, PhD Brenda F. Kurland, PhD
Email: bfk10@pitt.edu
Research Keywords:
Biostatistics; clinical trial design; lung cancer; breast cancer; functional imaging; PET; MRI

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Vera V. Levina, PhD Vera V. Levina, PhD
Email: levinav@upmc.edu
Research 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 D. Luketich, MD James D. Luketich, MD
Email: luketichjd@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Esophagogastric and lung carcinoma; benign esophageal disease

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

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

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Arjun Pennathur, MD Arjun Pennathur, MD
Email: pennathura@upmc.edu
Research 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 J. Reilly, MD John J. Reilly, MD
Email: reillyj@dom.pitt.edu
Research 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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Matthew Schuchert, MD Matthew Schuchert, MD
Email: schuchertmj@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Lung cancer; thoracic surgery; T cells; dendritic cells; anti-tumor immunity; stem cell therapy

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

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Steven D. Shapiro, MD Steven D. Shapiro, MD
Email: shapiros@dom.pitt.edu
Research Keywords:
Role of inflammatory cell derived proteinases in the progression of COPD/emphysema and lung cancer

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Laura Stabile, PhD Laura Stabile, PhD
Email: las22@pitt.edu
Research Keywords:
Hormones; estrogen; estrogen receptor; epidermal growth factor receptor; fibroblast growth factor receptor; hepatocyte growth factor; vascular endothelial growth factor; signal transduction; lung cancer; targeted cancer therapies

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

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Joel Weissfeld, MD, MPH Joel Weissfeld, MD, MPH
Email: jwepid@pitt.edu
Research Keywords:
Cancer epidemiology; health services; cancer screening; lung cancer; clinical trials; cancer prevention; cancer diagnosis

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David O. Wilson, MD, MPH David O. Wilson, MD, MPH
Email: wilsondo@upmc.edu
Research 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 A. Yousem, MD Samuel A. Yousem, MD
Email: yousemsa@upmc.edu
Research Keywords:
Inflammatory lung disease and lung transplantation; pulmonary neoplasia; molecular predictors of biologic behavior and therapeutic responsiveness

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