Penn State Cancer Institute

Clinical Trials are an important tool in the fight against cancer. On Thursday, October 8, at 10 a.m., watch a special edition of abc27’s Good Day PA.

Meet patients taking part in clinical trials with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center that could lead to groundbreaking treatments.

Plus, have your questions answered in a live webchat with cancer specialists from UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

To submit questions prior, click the comment button below. Enter your name, then click the sign-in button. Once your information has been entered, you will have the ability to submit your question.

Meet the Doctors
Robert L. Ferris, MD PhD
Hillman Professor and Director, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh

Dr. Ferris oversees oncology clinical and research activities, including over 500 innovative clinical trials at Hillman, which extends to nearly 70 network cancer center sites around western and central PA.

David Weksberg, MD
Co-director, radiation oncology

Dr. Weksberg earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and served as co-chief resident at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is published on several topics, including SBRT for spinal tumors, breast cancer, and central nervous system malignancies.

Joella Wilson, MD
Co- director, radiation oncology

Dr. Wilson earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of medicine and served as chief resident at Baylor College of Medicine. Her special interests include breast and gynecologic cancer.

Kit Lu, MD
breast medical oncologist, Director, clinical trials program

Dr. Lu specializes in breast medical oncology. She is board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. Dr. Lu served as chief fellow at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. She received her medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee and completed her residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.

Charles Reninger, MD
Medical director, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Central PA, medical oncologist and hematologis

Dr. Reninger completed his fellowship in hematology/medical oncology at the University of Florida in Gainesville and earned his medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, also in Philadelphia. Board-certified in medical oncology and internal medicine, Dr. Reninger enjoys all aspects of clinical practice in hematology and oncology and has special interests in genitourinary, gastrointestinal, breast, prostate, and pancreatic cancers.