Department of Medicine
Faculty Profiles by Division

Division of Hematology/Oncology

Faculty Profiles

Division Chief

Taofeek K. Owonikoko, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Email: owonikokotk2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-5898

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Leonard J Appleman, MD,PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Genitourinary Malignancies, Experimental Therapeutics

Email: applemanlj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-864-7764

Riyue Bao, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Research Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Computational Oncology, Cancer Immunotherapy, High-dimensional data integration, Machine Learning, Human Microbiome.

Email: baor@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-0021

Monica L Baskin, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Email: baskinml@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-3421

Franklin A. Bontempo, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Coagulation, Thrombosis, Bleeding Disorders, Lupus Anticoagulants, Coagulation in Liver Transplantation

Email: fbontempo@itxm.org

Phone: 412-586-9875

Adam M. Brufsky, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Clinical Trials, Breast Molecular Biology, Metastatic Disease

Email: brufskyam@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-641-4530

Tomasz Brzoska, MPharm, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: brzoskat@pitt.edu

Ronald J Buckanovich, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Email: buckanovichrj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-641-4721

Melissa A Burgess, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Sarcoma; Merkel Cell Carcinoma; Clinical Trials, Quality Improvement

Email: burgessma@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-864-7764

Timothy F. Burns, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Lung Cancer, Targeted Therapy, Therapeutic Resistance, KRAS and EGFR mutant NSCLC, MET altered NSCLC, EMT

Email: burnstf@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-7770

Priyanka V Chablani, MD, MS

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: chablanipv2@upmc.edu

Yvonne Chao, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: chaoyl@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-7703

Zhangguo Chen, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Research Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: B cell biology and B cell lymphomagenesis

Email: chenz12@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-4674

Yu-Chiao Chiu, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Bioinformatics, Machine learning, Cancer genomics, Pharmacogenomics

Email: YUC250@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-5023

Lan G Coffman, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Ovarian cancer biology, Tumor microenvironment,Mesenchymal stem cells, Mechanisms of metastasis

Email: coffmanl@mail.magee.edu

Phone: 412-641-2016

Diwakar Davar, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: cancer immunology and immunotherapy; checkpoint inhibition; biomarker development; melanoma

Email: davard@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-4724

Laura M. De Castro, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Sickle Cell Disease

Email: decastrolm@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-7026

Kathryn Demanelis, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: demanelisk@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-3731

Albert D. Donnenberg, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Hematopietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Stem Cell Biology and Therapy, Immune Reconstitution, Cancer Cell Biology, Flow Cytometry

Email: donnenbergad@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-3256

Kathleen Dorritie, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, novel therapeutics for acute myeloid leukemia

Email: dorritieka@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-864-7764

Jan Drappatz, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Early Clinical Drug Development, Glioblastoma, CNS Lymphoma, Brain Metastases

Email: drappatzj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-2600

Wei Du, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Hematopoiesis, Leukemia, Bone marrow transplantation, DNA damage repair, Immune responses

Email: duw@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-2211

Leisha A Emens, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Email: emensla@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-3239

Robert J Ferguson, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Cancer Surviovorship, Cancer-Related Cognitive Dysfunction, Palliative Care

Email: fergusonrj2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-5888

Julia Foldi, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Breast cancer clinical and translational research

Email: foldij@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-641-4530

Natasha Galanina, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Email: mad375@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-6575

Deborah L. Galson, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Paget's disease, Multiple Myeloma bone disease, signal transduction, chromatin epigenetics

Email: galson@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-623-1112

Wentao Gao, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: gaow2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-908-9771

Charles E Geyer Jr., MD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Breast cancer care and clinical research

Email: geyerce@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-641-6500

Samit Ghosh, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Sickle Cell Disease, Kidney, Endothelium, Circulation

Email: sag130@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-624-4574

Rimi Hazra, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Sickle cell disease, Ischemic Stroke, Heme Oxygenase-1

Email: rih17@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-9427

Nadine Hempel, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: ovarian cancer, metastasis, antioxidant enzymes, redox signaling, mitochondria

Email: nah158@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-641-4174

James G Herman, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: cancer epigenetics with a particular focus on upper aerodigestive cancer (lung and esophagus) Early Detection of Lung Cancer, Predictive and Prognostic Biomarkers

Email: hermanj3@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-7769

Charles Horn, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Vagus nerve; Neuromodulation devices; Cancer treatments and their side effects; Obesity; Feeding behavior; Electrophysiology

Email: chorn@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-623-1417

Dennis Hsu, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Instructor in Medicine

Academic Interest: Cancer genomics, computational biology, cancer metabolism

Email: hsudj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-4724

Yen-Michael S Hsu, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Immune effector cellular therapy, hematopoiesis, and vascular biology

Email: hsuys@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-624-1592

Yufei Huang, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: m6A methylation, cancer genomics, KSHV, Artificial Intelligence (AI) for cancer research

Email: YUH119@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-623-2617

Annie Im, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Stem Cell transplant and graft-versus-host-disease

Email: imap@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-864-7764

Giuseppe Intini, DDS, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine, Secondary Appointment

Academic Interest: Research interests: Skeletal stem cell, bone cancer stem cells. Clinical interests: periodontal and bone augmentation procedures. Teaching focus: periodontology and craniofacial biology

Email: gii5@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-8535

Sawa Ito, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Hematology malignancies, stem cell transplantation, adoptive cell therapy, biomarkers in graft-versus-host disease and graft-versus-leukemia effect

Email: itos3@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-3617

John M. Kirkwood, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Email: kirkwoodjm@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-7707

Joseph E. Kiss, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Email: jkiss@itxm.org

Phone: 412-209-7320

Frank S. Lieberman, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Brain tumor therapy, molecular genetic of brain tumors, neurologic complications of cancer and cancer treatment, neurofibromatosis

Email: liebermanf@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-2600

Anna E Lokshin, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Cancer biomarkers, tumor microenvironment, exosomes

Email: lokshina@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-623-7706

Carissa A. Low, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Email: lowca@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-5973

Jason J Luke, MD, FACP

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Phase I clinical trials, Immunotherapy, Melanoma, Translational Reserach

Email: lukejj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-4511

Megan M. Mantica, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Secondary Appointment

Email: manticam@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-2600

Benjamin A Nacev, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Chromatin Dysregulation in Cancer

Email: nacevba@upmc.edu

Yana G. Najjar, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Immunotherapy, combination strategies of immunotherapy, translational research, tumor immunology, remodeling the tumor microenvironment, melanoma.

Email: najjaryg@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-2294

Enrico M Novelli, MD, MS

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Hemolysis-associated thrombosis; vascular dysfunction in Sickle Cell Disease

Email: novellie@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-624-2591

Solomon F Ofori-Acquah, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Acute Chest Syndrome/Acute Lung Injury in Sickle Cell Disease; Genetics of Hemolysis; Hemin signaling, Vascular Endothelial Permeability; TLR4 Signaling, Pathogenesis of End-organ damage in SCD

Email: sfo2@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-9231

Ellen Ormond, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: ormonde@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-4719

Taofeek K. Owonikoko, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Email: owonikokotk2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-5898

Vida Almario Passero, MD, MBA

Hematology/Oncology

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Telehealth, Strategic initiatives and developments in hematology and cancer care, Remote treatment and monitoring (any clinic, mobile units, home)

Email: passerova@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-360-3909

Donna M. Posluszny, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Adherence to medical regimens; psychosocial adaptation; family caregivers; patient-caregiver dyadic coping; hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT); leukemia; lymphoma; quality of life

Email: poslusznydm@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-5966

Tirthadipa Pradhan-Sundd, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Sickle cell hepatic crisis; Chronic Liver injury; Hepatic Inflammation; Liver intravital imaging; Liver injury in Hemophilia.

Email: tip9@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-9987

Margaret V. Ragni, MD, MPH

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: hemophilia novel therapies, non-factor bypass, gene therapy, clinical trials for inhibitor eradication

Email: ragni@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-209-7288

Priya Rastogi, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Email: rastogip@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-641-3494

Robert L. Redner, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Benign and Malignant Hematology, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Myeloproliferative diseases, CML

Email: redner@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-623-3257

Jeremy Naftali Rich Dr., MD, MHS, MBA

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Email: richjn@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-3364

Linda B. Robertson, DPH, MSN, BSN

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: preventive screenings, racial health disparities

Email: robertsonlk@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-8588

Ibrahim Halil Sahin, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor

Academic Interest: Colorectal cancer, targeted therapeutics and immunotherapy.

Email: sahinih@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-4724

John C. Schmitz, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Research Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: development of novel chemotherapeutic targets and agents for the treatment of human colorectal cancer

Email: schmitzjc@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-864-7743

Kathryn H Schmitz, PhD, MPH

Hematology/Oncology

Visiting Professor of Medicine

Email: schmitzk@upmc.edu

Craig D. Seaman, MD, MS

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Hemostasis and thrombosis, Aging and aging-related conditions in hereditary bleeding disorders

Email: seamanc@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-209-7308

Malabika Sen, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Research Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Cancer Biology; Epigenetics; Biomarker/Signal Transduction; Cancer Therapeutics

Email: senm@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-7821

Warren D. Shlomchik, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Understanding the complex immunology of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell. Adaptive immunity; Clinical Research; Dendritic Cell Immunobiology; Immunological Tolerance

Email: warrens@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-1591

Roy E. Smith, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Thrombotic Disorders, Pulmonary embolus,Rare hematologic disorders, porphyria

Email: res57@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-6466

Richard A. Steinman, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Email: steinman@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-623-3237

Quanhong Sun, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Research Instructor in Medicine

Email: sunq2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-7735

Darcy L. Thull, MS

Hematology/Oncology

Instructor in Medicine

Academic Interest: Genetic Counseling, Hereditary Cancer Predisposition

Email: thuldl@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-641-1466

Meghan Tipre, DrPh, MSPH

Hematology/Oncology

Email: tiprem@upmc.edu

G. van Londen, MD, MS

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Geriatric Oncology, Cancer Survivorship.

Email: vanLondenJ@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-2382

Liza C. Villaruz, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Early Drug Development, Novel Therapies in Lung Cancer

Email: villaruzl@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-648-6589

Jing Hong Wang, PhD, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy in Head and Neck Cancers and B cell lymphomas

Email: wangj28@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-864-7728

Risa L Wong, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: wongrl@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-864-7764

Donald V Woytowitz, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Myelodysplastic syndrome; myeloproliferative disorder; idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, Benigh Hematology; Low Grade NHL; CLL; Hypercoagulable states

Email: woytowitzdv@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-648-6466

Antoinette Wozniak, MD, FACP, FASCO

Hematology/Oncology

Visiting Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Mesothelioma, Thymus Gland Cancer, Lung Cancer, small cell and non-small cell

Email: wozniakaj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-2696

Julia Z Xu, MD, MScGH

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: xujz2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-648-6466

Yvette Yien, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Email: yieny@pitt.edu

Dan Paul Zandberg, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Head and Neck Cancer

Email: zandbergdp@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-648-6589

Hassane M. Zarour, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Cancer Immunology, Cancer Immunotherapy, Melanoma, and T cell immunology

Email: zarourhm@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-3272

Janie Y Zhang, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Colorectal cancer, immunotherapy

Email: zhangjy2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-4724