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Breast Cancer Doctor is Hired as New Director of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

There is a new director of UPMC's University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI):  Dr. Nancy E. Davidson.   She will begin in March, 2009.  She is a leading breast cancer researcher at the Johns Hopkins University medical school in Baltimore.  She currently heads the breast cancer research program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, and recently served as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  She will replace Dr. Ronald Herberman, the founding director of the Pitt cancer institute, who plans to devote more time to cancer research.

Dr. Davidson received a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 1979. She has been involved in breast cancer research for nearly 25 years, and has been at Johns Hopkins since 1986.

Her research focuses partly on the breast cancer cases that do not respond to estrogen-blocking therapy because the women's tissues lack receptors for the female hormone.  She has worked on ways to resensitize women to those treatments, and on substances designed to slow growth and spread of cancer cells.

UPCI receives $174 million in research grants and is ranked 10th nationally in the funding by the National Cancer Institute.

This appointment reflects UPMC's desire to be a national player in breast cancer research and treatment.

For more information about breast cancer, see the breast cancer attorneys of Pennsylvania.