Dr. James Pingpank
George Washington University School of Medicine - 1992
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Connecticut at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Dr. James Pingpank is a surgical oncologist and expert in treating peritoneal mesothelioma and other disorders of the abdomen / peritoneum as a member of the Surgical Oncology Division at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He has received board certification in both surgery and general surgery and specializes in using a combination of surgery and localized chemotherapy to treat this rare, and often difficult to treat, type of asbestos cancer.
Educational Background and Professional Appointments
Dr. Pingpank earned his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washinton D.C. In addition to a fellowship that he completed at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Dr. Pingpank also completed two residencies, one at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center located in Philadelphia and another in Connecticut at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center in Farmington. Prior to joining UPMC, Dr. Pingpank served in the capacity of Head of Surgical Metabolism at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Maryland.
Speaking Engagements and Research
Dr. Pingpank has been a keynote speaker at many mesothelioma conferences and symposiums including the 2008 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. This annual symposium is sponsored by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and helps to connect, educate and empower mesothelioma patients and their families.
Dr. Pingpank has been involved with several clinical trials designed to evaluate new treatment options for patients with peritoneal mesothelioma and his writings have been published in a number of medical journals and publications including The American Surgeon and The Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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