UPMC CancerCenter Executive Leadership

Nancy E. Davidson, MD

Nancy E. Davidson

Nancy E. Davidson, MD, serves as the Hillman Professor of Oncology and Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and associate vice chancellor for cancer research. She holds secondary appointments as professor of pharmacology and chemical biology and professor in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

An international expert in breast cancer, Dr. Davidson has published key findings on the role of hormones, particularly estrogen, on gene expression and cell growth in breast cancer. She has guided several important national clinical trials of potential new therapies, including chemoendocrine therapy for premenopausal breast cancer. Her research has been supported by a portfolio of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Susan Komen for the Cure. Dr. Davidson has coauthored more than 280 articles in the top journals of her field, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

She earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, completed an internal medicine internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and an internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Subsequently, Dr. Davidson completed a medical oncology fellowship at the NIH's National Cancer Institute. Prior to joining UPCI, she served as director of the Breast Cancer Program and as the breast cancer research chair of oncology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

A member of the scientific advisory board for many foundations and cancer centers, Dr. Davidson has served as an elected member of the boards of directors of the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the two largest organizations for cancer researchers and oncology professionals in the world. In addition, she was president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology from 2007 to 2008, and is currently an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Davidson has received many awards for breast cancer research, most recently the 2010 ASCO Bonadonna Breast Cancer Award.