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JOIN US for the 321 Ride!

 
 
   

The 5th annual 321 Ride is set for Sunday, October 1, 2017, and cyclists of all skill levels are invited to enjoy a day of fun and fundraising, while experiencing Pittsburgh’s beautiful bike trails and scenic routes.

All rides will begin and end at the Heinz Field Quay along the North Shore Riverfront trail. Family-friendly activities, a Finish Line Festival, refreshments, and more will be available for everyone. You may choose from four rides, each of which has different registration and start times:

Proceeds will benefit Pittsburgh’s Woiner Foundation, whose mission is to end melanoma and pancreatic cancer by increasing awareness, supporting patients, survivors and families, and fundraising for research. Every rider-raised dollar—100% of it—will go directly to support cancer research and patient care at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Melanoma & Skin Cancer Program and the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer.

One annual rider in this race is John M. Kirkwood, MD, Usher Professor of Medicine, Dermatology and Translational Science and Director of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

You can join him by registering at www.321ride.org.

Volunteer opportunities are available (and many are needed!). Please sign up at SignUpGenius.com. All volunteers will receive FREE parking and a FREE t-shirt!

We hope to see you there. Please spread the word to coworkers, family and friends.

 

Butterfield Addresses Cancer Immunotherapy, Funding in Congressional Briefing
Lisa Butterfield PhD, speaking during a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill, discussed advances in cancer immunotherapy research as well as the need for continued federal funding.

Photo Provided by American Association for Cancer Research

Dr. Butterfield is a Professor of Medicine, Surgery, Immunology and Clinical and Translational Science—and Director of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Immunologic Monitoring and Cellular Products Laboratory—at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is also President of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, which co-hosted the briefing in partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research. The event was titled, "Progress in Immunotherapy: Delivering Hope and Clinical Benefit to Cancer Patients."

A leader in cancer immunology research, Dr. Butterfield told the July 19, 2017, briefing audience that stable and increased federal research funding will enable continued advances in the field, as well as support young career scientists in labs performing immunotherapy research.

 

Kirkwood Is Named a 2017 Giant of Cancer Care
John M. Kirkwood MD has been inducted into the 2017 Giants of Cancer Care recognition program. The honor recognizes healthcare professionals who are advancing the field of oncology through their research and clinical practice. The program is sponsored by OncLive, the official website for the Oncology Specialty Group, which publishes OncologyLive, Urologists in Cancer Care, Oncology Business Management, and Oncology Nursing News.

Dr. Kirkwood is the Usher Professor of Medicine, Dermatology and Translational Science and Director of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. A renowned researcher in the field of melanoma, he has pioneered the development of cancer immunotherapy for 45 years. Currently, he is developing combinations of new immunotherapies and molecular therapies that are expected to be focus of clinical translational research over the next 10 years.

 

Eight Physicians from Division of Hematology / Oncology Are Named Best Docs

Eight physicians within the Division of Hematology / Oncology have been named Best Docs, an annual listing of the region's top physicians compiled by Best Doctors Inc. and published by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Listed as 2017 Best Docs in the Medical Oncology and Hematology category were:

Edward Chu MD
Chief, Division of Hematology / Oncology
Professor of Medicine; Interim Director, UPCI

Adam M. Brufsky MD PhD
Associate Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Professor of Medicine

John M. Kirkwood MD
Usher Professor of Medicine, Dermatology and Translational Science

Margaret V. Ragni MD MPH
Professor of Medicine
Director, Hemophilia Center of Western PA

Priya Rastogi MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Ahmad A. Tarhini MD Phd
Tenured Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Science

Listed as 2017 Best Docs in the Neurology category were:

Jan Drappatz MD
Associate Director, Adult Neuro-Oncology Program
Associate Professor of Neurology and Medicine

Frank S. Lieberman MD
Chief, Adult Neuro-Oncology Service
Associate Professor of Neurology and Medical Oncology
Professor of Neurology

The Best Doctors, Inc.'s database of physicians, and its companion The Best Doctors in America List, are audited and certified by Gallup. An exhaustive peer review determines which physicians are named in the Best Doctors in America database. Only those doctors who earn the support of their peers and who meet other guidelines are included. The entire 2017 list can be found here.