Nancy E. Davidson, MD, Member
BCRF Scientific Advisory Board
Since 2009, Nancy Davidson has been Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. She received her MD in 1979 from Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, and completed internal medicine training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins.
Nancy E. Davidson, MD, serves as Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC Cancer Centers and associate vice chancellor for cancer research at the University of Pittsburgh. She is responsible for all aspects of cancer research, care, and education within the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC health system. She holds appointments as Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Davidson is internationally known for her research in breast cancer. Her laboratory research has focused on epigenetics and breast cancer. She has been a leader in the conduct of breast cancer clinical trials in the national setting, previously serving as chair of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group's Breast Committee. She is author of over 200 scholarly papers and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1989.
Dr. Davidson received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed internal medicine training at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins and a medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. She spent 23 years on the faculty at Johns Hopkins, serving as Professor of Oncology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and director of the Breast Cancer Program at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
Dr. Davidson was president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in 2007-8 and has been an elected member of the Boards of Directors for the American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Association of American Cancer Institutes. She serves on the external advisory boards for eight National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers and is a member of the scientific advisory boards for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Among her many honors are the Brinker International Award for Breast Cancer Research, AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Award, National Cancer Institute Rosalind E. Franklin Award, and American Society of Clinical Oncology Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Award.