UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center provides the finest level of cancer care to patients throughout Pennsylvania, western New York, and Ohio. UPMC offers patients the latest advances in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment.

The mission of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center as a premier National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center is to provide the highest level of clinical care to the 138,000 patients treated at its facilities each year while performing cutting-edge cancer research.

Date: Saturday – April 1, 2023

Time:  8:00 AM (ET)| 7:00 AM (CT) | 6:00 AM (MT) | 5:00 AM (PT)
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Format:  This symposium is being held in person as well as virtually. Masks are required for in-person attendees.

Physical Location: UPMC Cancer Pavilion, 2nd Floor, Herberman Conference Center, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15232. The UPMC Cancer Pavilion is across the street from UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. In-person registration begins at 8:00 AM (ET)

Presenters & Topics

8:30 AM ET

Welcome and Introductions
John M. Kirkwood, MD
Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine
Usher Professor of Medicine, Dermatology and Translational Science
Co-Leader, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Each presentation includes a 5-minute Q & A Session

8:40 AM ET

Adjuvant Options for Stage III Melanoma
Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS
Physician Assistant, Senior
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

9:00 AM ET

Exercise and Its Role in the Treatment of Melanoma
Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, Professor
Associate Director of Catchment Area Research
Leader, UPMC Moving Through Cancer Program

9:20 AM ET

Updates on Immune Checkpoint Blockade Resistant Melanoma
Yana Najjar, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

9:40 AM ET

Tissue Banking: Samples are Only Part of the Issue. What About the Data?
Mary Horak, BS, CCRP
Clinical Research Services
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

10:00 AM ET

10 Minute Break

10:10 AM ET

Non-Invasive Detection and Gene Expression Profiling of Melanoma
Andrew Knight, MD
PGY-3 Internal Medicine Resident
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

10:30 AM ET

Microbiome Modulation to Improve Response and Treat irAEs
Diwakar Davar, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

10:50 AM ET

Pediatric and Adolescent Melanoma – The Pediatric Oncologist’s Perspective
Brittani Seynnaeve, MD, MS
Associate Fellowship Program Director
Pediatric Melanoma Program Director
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

11:10 AM ET

Closing Remarks
Ann Garst Taylor
Director of Community Engagement
AIM at Melanoma Foundation