University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Leadership

Robert P. Edwards, MD
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Co-Principal Investigator, SPORE
Co-Leader, Project 3 and DRP

Robert P. Edwards, MDDr. Robert P. Edwards is Professor and Executive Vice President of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Magee-Womens Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He also serves as Co-Leader of the UPCI Breast and Gynecologic Cancers Program, and as Director of Transformational Medicine for the UPMC Health System. Dr. Edwards specializes in all aspects of gynecologic oncology, and has a particular interest in intraperitoneal chemotherapy.

Dr. Edwards is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as gynecologic oncology. He received his undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., and medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Edwards completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Edwards is a member of professional organizations including the University of Pittsburgh Physicians Board of Directors, American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, International Society for Biological Therapy of Cancer, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Gynecologic Cancer Society.

Dr. Edwards' research interests include cervical and ovarian malignancies. He serves as Principle Investigator of the Gynecologic Oncology Group for the University of Pittsburgh and for a number of pharmaceutical-sponsored studies. He also serves on the Ovarian Cancer Committee, which experiments with novel therapeutic approaches to gynecologic malignancies and produces translational research.

Three specific areas of Dr. Edwards' research include:

  • Vaccine therapies for cervical and ovarian cancer
  • Combining biologic and immunologic therapies with traditional therapies in the treatment of women's cancers
  • Intraperitoneal therapy

As professor of obstetrics and gynecology, he has authored numerous publications on clinical and translational research, including several publications looking at ovarian cancer and cervical cancer immunotherapy.