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Physician-Investigator, Physician Scientist with Breast Oncology Expertise

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
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Oct 15, 2022

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Physician-Investigator, Physician Scientist with Breast Oncology Expertise Needed for Leadership Role in an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and UPMC Magee-Womens Cancer Center seek an outstanding academic breast medical oncologist for a leadership position as Chief of Breast Medical Oncology. This position reports directly to the Division Chief of Hematology/Oncology. The ideal candidate for Chief of Breast Medical Oncology is an experienced physician-investigator or physician scientist with administrative experience and a midcareer to senior faculty with commensurate qualifications for appointment at the academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor, at the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine.

The Chief of Breast Medical Oncology will also serve as the co-Director of UPMC Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. In this role, the candidate will report to the Division Chief of Hematology/Oncology, the Executive Director of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and the leadership of UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.

The successful candidate will provide leadership by setting the vision for a nationally renowned and complex academic breast oncology program. The candidate will engage with institutional, departmental, and divisional leaders, as well as other key stakeholders to provide overall strategic direction to the breast cancer research and clinical programs of UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

Other responsibilities include the clinical management of breast cancer patients and clinical direction of the Women’s Cancer Center outpatient clinics of UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. Scientific leadership for development of a robust clinical trial portfolio of investigator-initiated and NCI's National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN)-sponsored trials, augmented by pharmaceutical-sponsored trials evaluating innovative new therapies for the large volume of UPMC patients with various subtypes and stages of breast cancer. The education and mentoring of fellows and house staff will also be key responsibilities.

The successful candidate will be expected to co-lead a SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence)grant application to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), foster collaborative research between the basic and clinical faculty in the breast program to create a truly translational program on the leading edge of basic discovery, clinical translation and innovative and compassionate care that is unsurpassed regionally and revered nationally and internationally.

Interested and qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to join our growing academic Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. The academic rank, competitive salary, dedicated start-up package for independent research will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Additionally, the candidate will be eligible for clinical and research incentives along with dedicated funding for programmatic support.

Successful candidates should have:

  • MD or MD/PhD degrees
  • Board Certification in Medical Oncology
  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited Hematology/Oncology Fellowship training program and significant work experience in Medical Oncology is required.
  • Unrestricted Medical License from the State of Pennsylvania (current or eligible)
  • Demonstrated clinical excellence and expertise in breast cancer research
  • Scholarly accomplishments evidenced by grant funding and high impact publications
  • Leadership and administrative experience

The Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is renowned for its leadership of paradigm-defining cancer clinical trials over the last two decades. It is also the quaternary referral center for breast oncology care in Western Pennsylvania, through the expertise of our nationally renowned faculty members who offer innovative approaches to treating patients with all stages and subtypes of breast cancer. Our breast cancer program is fully supported by a multidisciplinary team including oncology specialists in medicine, surgery, radiation, reproductive endocrinology, radiology, pathology, and palliative care – all who collaborate and cooperate in the care of patients with breast cancer. The program is strongly supported by Hillman Cancer Center basic scientists working in proximity with clinicians and clinical investigators using a bench-to-bedside approach to bring promising new therapies to patients.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is an internationally renowned NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, within one of the largest academic healthcare systems in the United States. Hillman Cancer Center seeks to transform oncology care and research through collaborative and innovative scientific investigation, efficient translation of lab discoveries into the clinical setting to positively impact the diverse communities in our large catchment area, educating future leaders in the field, and using the latest evidence to improve community health and eliminate cancer health disparities. Hillman Cancer Center comprises a network of 70 Cancer Center locations including 42 medical oncology locations and provides the highest level of clinical care to more than 140,000 unique patients each year throughout Pennsylvania, western New York, Ohio, Maryland, and international locations including Ireland and Italy. UPMC Hillman Cancer is ranked No. 16 in the latest U.S. News & World Report 2022 for Best Hospitals for Cancer in the nation.

The University of Pittsburgh, founded in 1787, is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. As one of the nation’s distinguished comprehensive universities, the resources of the University constitute an invaluable asset for the intellectual,economic, and social enrichment of Pennsylvania, while the international prestige of the University enhances the image of Pennsylvania throughout the world. The University of Pittsburgh is a top-ranked, public institution in Pennsylvania and member of the Association of American Universities of leading research universities. The University is ranked No. 19 in the U.S. News & World Report 2021 Top Public Schools in the nation. In 2021, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings again named the Pittsburgh campus as the No. 1 public university in the Northeastern United States. To learn more about the University of Pittsburgh, visit

Pittsburgh is ranked among the top places to live, work, and visit in the United States. The city is consistently recognized with accolades from major travel and financial organizations as one of the most livable cities with one of the most viable economies. It has been honored as a first-rate city for livability, culture, and economy for several years. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report rated Pittsburgh among the best places to live in the U.S. Lantern Credit named Pittsburgh among the top 10 best cities for college graduates to live. To learn more about Pittsburgh metro communities, visit

University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation/gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, or veteran status. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and a current curriculum vitae addressed to Charles E Geyer, Jr, MD, and Peter Lucas, MD, PhD, co-chairs of the Search Committee, via email to Taylor Niedermeyer at:


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