Since its founding 30 years ago, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) has grown into one of the nation's top centers for cancer care and research. Explore some highlights of UPCI's history by choosing a decade below.



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Ronald Herberman, MD
Dr. Ronald Herberman
  • Ronald B. Herberman, MD, is recruited to serve as founding director of the UPCI.


  • First investigators are recruited, laboratories are formed, and experimental research begins at UPCI.


  • UPCI Council is created, drawing its members from Pittsburgh's top business and civic leaders.
  • UPCI researchers develop a new technology for production of "activated natural killer cells," and are the first to use these cells in treating patients with advanced melanoma and kidney cancer.
  • The Bernard Fisher Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology is established at UPCI.


  • UPCI is designated as a Clinical Cancer Research Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).