Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS

Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS

AIM at Melanoma is pleased to announce that physician assistant Melissa Wilson has joined the AIM team. Wilson will lead the “Ask a Melanoma Expert” program, which replaces AIM’s “Ask Our Oncology Nurse” program with more targeted advice and support for those affected by melanoma.

Melanoma has unique challenges and is not managed like most cancers. Having a melanoma-centric expert on staff gives patients, families, and caregivers invaluable management tools for fighting the illness. Wilson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role, and boundless enthusiasm for the industry – and her patients.

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.

A natural teacher, Wilson has also worked with a multidisciplinary team on patient education and collaboration. She holds appointments at Chatham University Clinical Preceptor where she is adjunct faculty and is a cancer care modules lecturer on melanoma since 2013. She also lectured at AIM’s melanoma patient symposium in April 2018.

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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