Meet Our Physician Assistant

Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS

Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS

Melissa Wilson leads the “Ask a Melanoma Expert” program, which provides targeted advice and support for melanoma patients, families, and caregivers.

A natural trailblazer, Wilson is proud of her collaborative work as an NCCPA-certified physician assistant senior since 2005 with the distinguished melanoma specialist Dr. John Kirkwood at the University of Pittsburgh in the Cancer Institute Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine. Their treatment and research initiatives were so successful that they have been used as a template for other cancer programs throughout the country.  Wilson works as lead physician assistant for the Melanoma Program at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

Her expertise is focused on acute care in outpatient oncology with research patients and the general melanoma population. She helps patients manage therapy-driven toxicity-related problems and emergencies. She has expertise in biopsies and suturing techniques; cryotherapy; injections; imaging reviews; clinical trial monitoring; and RECIST tumor measurements.

Inspired to her career by her own father’s battle with cancer (he is doing well!), Wilson says she will never stop wanting to help patients fight melanoma. She also feels confident that a cure is on the horizon given that melanoma treatments have grown exponentially over the last few years.

Wilson looks forward to working closely with AIM to support the melanoma community until the cure for melanoma is found. If you have questions for AIM’s Melanoma Expert, please click here.

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