Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Nancy E. Davidson, MD


Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Hillman Professor of Oncology

Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research

Distinguished Professor of Medicine

Office: 5150 Centre Avenue
Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-3205
Fax: 412-623-3210

B.A., Wellesley College, 1975
M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1979

Intern, Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1980
Resident, Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1982
Medical Staff Fellow, National Cancer Institute, 1985

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Cancer biology, treatment and policy
Breast Cancer

Nancy E. Davidson is a world-renowned breast cancer researcher who serves as the Hillman Professor of Oncology, Distinguished Professor of Medicine in Pitt’s School of Medicine, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and associate vice chancellor for cancer research. She holds secondary appointments as professor of pharmacology and chemical biology and professor in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Dr. Davidson has published key findings on the role of hormones, particularly estrogen, on gene expression and cell growth in breast cancer. She has guided several important national clinical trials of potential new therapies, including chemoendocrine therapy for premenopausal breast cancer. Her research has been supported by a portfolio of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Susan Komen for the Cure.

She has won several awards, including being elected to membership in the Association of American Physicians and the National Academy of Medicine. Davidson has coauthored more than 300 articles in the top journals of her field, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology and was named a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in 2014 and 2015.

A member of the scientific advisory board for many foundations and cancer centers, Davidson has served as an elected member of the boards of directors of the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the two largest organizations for cancer researchers and oncology professionals in the world. She was president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology from 2007-2008 and will serve as President of the American Association for Cancer Research in 2016-2017.