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Shannon Puhalla, MD

Shannon Puhalla, MD
(2014-present)
Assistant Professor
​University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Puhalla is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, and maintains a clinical practice in breast oncology at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. She is the Director of Breast Cancer Clinical Research at UPCI and also serves as the liaison between the Molecular Therapeutics and Drug Discovery Program of UPCI and the Breast Cancer Program. Dr. Puhalla serves as the principal investigator on NCI and pharma-sponsored phase I/II clinical trials focused in breast cancer. Her primary clinical trial interests include the care of patients with metastatic breast cancer, novel targeted agents for triple negative breast cancer and reversal of endocrine therapy resistance in estrogen-positive breast cancers.

Dr. Puhalla has received Career Development Awards from American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and from the Breast Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) that is co-held by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pittsburgh.  Her work has been published in key medical journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and she has served as a guest reviewer for Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, among others. Recently, Dr. Puhalla was awarded the Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award (CCITLA) from the National Cancer Institute and was appointed as the Director for Breast Cancer Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh. ​