Celebrating 25 years of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Images of the city of Pittsburgh, Dr. Herberman, Hillman Cancer Center, early research, and Dr. DavidsonOver the last 25 years, UPCI has changed almost as much as has the city of Pittsburgh.

What began as a cancer research center funded with a few million dollars and the vision of a number of regional leaders quickly became one of the fastest-growing cancer institutes in the country. Under the leadership of founding director Ronald Herberman, MD, who arrived in Pittsburgh in 1985, UPCI received its designation as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in record time — just five years. The NCI designation confirms that UPCI is one of the elite cancer centers across the country in basic, translational and clinical research as well as a leader in providing cancer prevention, compassionate patient care and support, and community-based outreach services through UPMC Cancer Centers, UPCI’s partner in cancer care.

Looking to Our Future

As a cancer institute, we are looking to the future with great anticipation. We are using this landmark year of our 25th anniversary to rededicate ourselves to our mission:

  • improving our understanding of how cancer develops
  • defining lifesaving approaches for cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment
  • educating future generations of scientists and clinicians.

We’ve made great strides, but there is still much work to be done. At UPCI, we are ready to tackle that work with a renewed energy and sense of determination.

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