University of Pittsburgh


Director, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Hillman Professor of Oncology

Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research

Co-Director, Tumor Microenvironment Center

Professor of Otolaryngology, of Immunology, and of Radiation Oncology


Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD is Hillman Professor and Director at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, and Professor of Otolaryngology, of Immunology, and of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Ferris currently serves on the Editorial Boards of JNCI, JCO, Clinical Cancer Research, Cancer Immunology Research and Section Editor for JITC and Cancer. He is Editor in Chief of Oral Oncology. Dr. Ferris has published over 380 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and is elected co-chair of the NCI Head and Neck Steering committee to facilitate prospective clinical trials.  Dr. Ferris has led several prospective randomized trials, including Checkmate-141 which led to the FDA approval of nivolumab for head and neck cancer, and ECOG 3311, testing treatment deintensification for good prognosis HPV+ head and neck cancer after transoral surgery.