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: 412-623-7833

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

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: 412-209-7320

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

Yvonne Chao, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: chaoyl@upmc.edu

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

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

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, 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

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

Samit Ghosh, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease

Email: sag130@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-9427

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

Email: nah158@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-641-7736

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

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

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

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

Anuradha Krishnamurthy, MBBS, FRCPC

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: krishnamurthya2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-3283

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

Assistant 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: 412-692-4724

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 Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Telehealth, Strategic initiatives and developments in hematology and cancer care, Remote infusion units

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

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

Craig D. Seaman, MD, MS

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Secondary Appointment

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 Assistant Professor of Medicine

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

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: Colorectal Cancer Bleeding and Thrombostic Disorders

Email: res57@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-6466

Ashwin Somasundaram, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Tumor Immunology, Cancer Cell Biology, Immunotherapy, Translational Research, Lung Cancer.

Email: somasundarama@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-623-3959

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: dthull@magee.edu

Phone: 412-641-1466

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: Lung Cancer, Novel therapies in lung cancer; clinical trials in lung cancer

Email: villaruzl@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-648-6466

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

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

Dan Paul Zandberg, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Head and Neck Cancer

Email: zandbergdp@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-4724

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