Celebrating 30 years of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

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 CancerCenter, UPCI’s partner in cancer care.