University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Giving and Development

Endowments, Major Gifts, and Other Naming Opportunities

Endowment funds play a fundamental role in supporting and helping to advance the missions of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and UPMC CancerCenter. Endowment funds are permanent legacies that provide significant donor recognition as well as vital annual income in perpetuity for UPCI or UPMC CancerCenter.

Creating endowed chairs has proven to be particularly effective in recruiting, supporting, and retaining top leadership in a medical discipline. Endowed chairs are cornerstones for an academic organization such as ours — an organization where individuals' careers encompass myriad responsibilities. For the individuals whom they support, endowed chairs lend prestige, visibility and, most importantly, greater flexibility for the chair-holders to rapidly achieve their goals.

For more information on endowments, major gifts and other naming opportunities, please call our Development Office at 412-623-4700.

Frieda G. and Saul F. Shapira BRCA-Associated Cancer Research Program

Both men and women may carry the BRCA genes, commonly referred to as the “breast cancer genes,” and can pass a mutated, cancer-causing copy along to their children. Through a critical collaboration between the premier physicians and scientists at UPCI and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, the Frieda G. and Saul F. Shapira BRCA-Associated Cancer Research Program aims to advance the understanding, prevention, and treatment of BRCA-associated malignancies including breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers. Gifts to the BRCA Research Program, including the inaugural $1 million donation from the David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation, are matched dollar-for-dollar by UPMC in an effort to raise a total of $5 million to further enhance the support for these critical research efforts.

To learn more about ways you can support the Frieda G. and Saul F. Shapira BRCA-Associated Cancer Research Program, please call 412-623-4700.

Stanley M. Marks, MD, Endowed Research Fund

The Stanley M. Marks, MD, Endowed Research Fund provides a critical base of support to ensure a strong, steady future for clinical research initiatives at UPCI and the UPMC CancerCenter. Interest from the fund will finance several important clinical and translational research initiatives, and will provide pilot funding for young investigators to generate sufficient preliminary results to compete for successful major grant funding, and recruitment funds for new research and clinical leaders. The fund also honors Dr. Stanley Marks, an outstanding administrator and clinician whose leadership, expertise, and vision helped to shape the development and growth of UPMC CancerCenter. Ultimately, donations to the Stanley M. Marks, MD, Endowed Research Fund will provide ongoing support to help UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter develop new treatments that will revolutionize patient care in Pittsburgh and around the world.

You can learn more about the Stanley M. Marks, MD, Endowed Research Fund or make a donation in support of its efforts by calling 412-623-4700.

Endowed Chairs

The Claude Worthington Benedum Endowed Chair in Radiation Oncology

The Jane and Carl Citron Endowed Chair in Colon Cancer

The Richard M. Cyert Endowed Chair in Molecular Oncology

The Gregory T.H. Davies Endowed Chair in Brain Tumor Research and Physician Education

The Lawrence Ellis Endowed Chair in Hematology and Oncology

The Bernard Fisher Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology

The Giant Eagle Foundation Endowed Chair in Cancer Genetics

The Hillman Endowed Chair in Oncology

The Sampson Family Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgical Oncology

The Sandra and Thomas Usher Endowed Chair in Melanoma

The Arnold Palmer Endowed Chair in Cancer Prevention

The Pittsburgh Foundation Endowed Chair in Innovative Cancer Research

UPMC Endowed Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Surgical Research

UPMC Endowed Chair in Lung Cancer Research

UPMC Endowed Chair in Advanced Oncologic Head and Neck Surgery

UPMC Endowed Chair in Cancer Prevention Research

UPMC Endowed Chair in Cancer Virology Research

Family Legacy Society

Suzanne Hill Alfano Endowment for Lung Cancer Research

Nathan S. Arenson Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Adriane R. Aul Memorial Fund

The Keith F. Barket Mesothelioma Research Fund

Beckwith Family Foundation Endowed Research Scholars Program

The Heidi Browning Endowed Ovarian Cancer Research Scholars Fund

Ruth C. Brufsky Fund for Clinical Research on Pancreatic Cancer

Patti Burns Fund

Al Copeland Memorial Fund for Merkel Cell Carcinoma Research

Sadie Gerson Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program

Stuart Goodman Brain Cancer Memorial Fund

Peter E. Hackney Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Harvey G. Herberman, MD Memorial Cancer Research Fund

Dr. George W. Hiett Foundation Fund

Dr. Herbert E. Jacob Memorial Fund

Hyman I. Katz Cancer Research Fund

Barbara Klump Memorial Scholarship Fund

Frank W. Knisley Memorial Fund

Albert P. Knowles Research Fund

David C. Koch Memorial Fund

Mario Lemieux Patient Care and Cancer Research Fund

Scott Limbach Entrepreneurial Center

Stanley M. Marks, MD Endowed Research Fund

The Liliana Muhlmann Masoner Cancer Fund

Drew Mathieson Entrepreneurship Fund

James A. Mollica Jr. Research Endowment Fund

OHA Endowed Patient Assistance Fund

PNC Innovation Fund

Michael J. Parada Research Fund

Parada Family Liposarcoma Research Fund

Mark E. and Leah M. Pasquerilla Women's Cancer Research Fund

Pasquerilla Cancer Genomics and Proteomics Research Fund

Linda Saulle Endowed Memorial Fund

Frieda G. and Saul F. Shapira BRCA Cancer Research Program

The Spang Translational Research Core Facility

Joseph and Giovanna Tarquinio Memorial Fund

Edward Thaw Blood Research Fund

Edward Underhill Memorial Fund for Colon Cancer Research

Wayne Fusaro Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

Dr. Leonard S. Zombek Memorial Fund

Visionary Society

American Cancer Society, Inc.


Family and Friends of Nathan S. Arenson*

Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

DSF Charitable Foundation

Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute

The Giant Eagle Foundation

Theresa Heinz and The Heinz Endowments

Harriett L. and Ronald B. Herberman, MD

Highmark Foundation

Elsie H. and Henry L. Hillman

Henry L. Hillman Foundation

Hillman Foundation

Family and Friends of Albert P. Knowles*

New Era Cap Charitable Foundation and Family and Friends of David C. Koch*

Mario Lemieux Foundation

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Richard King Mellon Foundation

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

N.S.A.B.P. Foundation, Inc.

Arnold D. Palmer 2003 Charitable Trust

Mark E. Pasquerilla

PNC Financial Services Group and PNC Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Myles D. Sampson* and Family


The David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation

Sandra and Thomas Usher

Debi and Harold W. Wheeler III

Wheeler Family Charitable Trust

* deceased