UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

PRC/PRMS Members

PRC/PRMS reviews are conducted by three committees. Committees A and B alternate review of therapeutic oncology trials such that one of the Committees meets every two weeks to ensure rapid review of studies and facilitate prompt progression of cancer protocols from the PRC/PRMS to the responsible IRB. Committee C reviews behavioral, cancer epidemiology, cancer control, cancer prevention, and complementary medicine protocols on an ad hoc basis, as needed.

COMMITTEE A Specialty
Andrew Laman, MD (Chair) Medical Oncology (Community Physician)
James J. Lee, MD, PhD (Vice-Chair) Hematology/Oncology
Yoshio Arai, MD Radiation Oncology
Kathleen Dorritie, MD Hematology/Oncology
Jackie Hahn-Efrati, CCRP Regulatory Specialist, CPDM
Melissa Hogg, MD Surgical Oncology
Annie Im, MD Hematology/Oncology
Dhaval Mehta, MD Hematology/Oncology
Yana Najjar, MD Hematology/Oncology
Ryan Smith, MD Radiation Oncology
Laura Stabile, PhD Pharmacology & Chemical Biology
Sarah Taylor, MD Gynecologic Oncology
Hong Wang, PhD Biostatistics
Donald Woytowitz, MD Hematology/Oncology
Amer Zureikat, MD Surgical Oncology
Aswin Somasundaram, MD (non-voting) Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
Roby Thomas, MD (non-voting) Fellow, Hematology/Oncology


COMMITTEE B Specialty
Leonard Appleman, MD, PhD (Chair) Hematology/Oncology
Michael Boyiadzis, MD (Vice-Chair) Hematology/Oncology
Melissa Burgess, MD Hematology/Oncology
Andrew Bukowinski, MD Phase I; Pediatrics
Diwakar Davar, MD Hematology/Oncology
Rajeev Dhupar, MD Cardiothoracic Surgery
Rafic Farah, MD Hematology/Oncology
Marsha Haley, MD Radiation Oncology
Rita Johnson, RN Program Manager, Hematology/Oncology, CPDM
Brenda Kurland, PhD Biostatistics
Jodi Maranchie, MD Urology
Linda Robertson, RN, MSN, DrPH Hematology/Oncology; Health Equity and Community Outreach & Engagement
Brieana Rowles, MA Program Manager, Ancillary Services, CPDM
John Schmitz, PhD Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics
Liza Villaruz, MD Hematology/Oncology
Hassane Zarour, MD Cancer Immunology and Cutaneous Oncology
Ryan Massa, MD (non-voting) Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
Kathan Mehta, MD (non-voting) Fellow, Hematology/Oncology


COMMITTEE C Specialty
Linda Robertson, RN, MSN, DrPH (Chair) Hematology/Oncology; Community Outreach and Advocacy
Dana Bovbjerg, PhD Psychiatry; Biobehavioral Oncology
Karen Holeva, BS Research Manager, Radiation Oncology
Thomas Kensler, PhD Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
Yan Lin, PhD Biostatistics
Donna Posluszny, PhD Hematology/Oncology; Biobehavioral Oncology
Jian-Min Yuan, MD, PhD Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention