Department of Surgery

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Award Winners, 2019 Richard L. Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science/Department of Surgery Research Day

Spectators looking at a scientific poster while the poster presenter explains her work.


On May 8th, 2019, we held our 17th Annual Research Day and Richard L. Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science. Attendees enjoyed a phenomenal presentation from our guest lecturer, Dr. George Miller from the Department of Surgery at the New York University School of Medicine. His talk was entitled “New Approaches to Pancreatic Cancer Immunotherapy.”

Congratulations to the award winners selected from over 80 abstracts submitted for the scientific program. Each awardee will receive a certificate and a cash prize.

Oral Presentation Award Winners

Event Raises Funds for Immunotherapy Research

Supporters at the "Save our Butts" Fundraiser


On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the Colon Cancer Alliance event “Save our Butts” was held at the Elizabeth Fire Hall. Money raised at the event, an evening of food, fun, and entertainment, will fund UPMC Hillman Cancer Center immunotherapy research.  This research could be instrumental in saving the lives of many affected by colorectal cancer, including Jim Huber, the inspirational behind the event.


Drs. Bernard Fisher and Thomas Starzl Honored as “Pitt Physician-Researchers Who Changed the World”


Two of our most legendary faculty members, Bernard Fisher, MD and Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, were honored as two of only five University of Pittsburgh faculty members featured in an interactive display on the 5th floor of Scaife Hall, the home of Pitt’s School of Medicine.