Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Shannon Puhalla, MD


Assistant Professor of Medicine

Office: Magee-Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street, Room 3524
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-641-3494
Fax: 412-641-6461

BS, Kent State University, Kent, OH, 1997
MD, Northern Ohio State University College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH, 2001

Internal Medicine Residency, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH, 2004
Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, James Cancer Hospital, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH, 2007

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Breast Oncology
Phase I Studies
Novel Therapeutics in Breast Cancer

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. I maintain a busy practice in breast oncology at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and my research interests include early phase clinical trials in breast cancer. I serve as the liaison between the Molecular Therapeutics and Drug Discovery Program of UPCI and the Breast Cancer Program and I am the principal investigator on NCI and pharma- sponsored phase I/II clinical trials focused in breast cancer. My primary clinical trial interests include novel targeted agents for triple negative breast cancer and reversal of endocrine therapy resistance in estrogen-positive breast cancers. I have funding from the National Cancer Institute (ARRA ACTNOW) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO Career Development Award). I have had my work published in key medical journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology. I also serve on the editorial board for Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology.

Recent Grants
Title: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2010 Career Development Award
Role: PI
Amount: $200,000
Funding Agency: ASCO Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Start Year: 2010
End Year: 2013