About Dr. Pingpank
Dr. James Pingpank is a surgical oncologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a top-ranked hospital.
He also works as an associate professor of surgery for the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. He teaches the next generation of surgical oncologists to help find more effective treatment methods.
Throughout his career, he has worked with many patients suffering from peritoneal mesothelioma.
In addition to treating patients, Dr. Pingpank spends his time researching ways to improve the current standard of care for treating peritoneal mesothelioma.
Due to the limited studies available, he believes there is a lack of proper research about peritoneal mesothelioma. Earlier studies included few patients with peritoneal mesothelioma, and most studies available involve patients with pleural mesothelioma.
Dr. Pingpank attended the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he received his medical degree in 1992. From there he went to the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT where he completed his residency in surgery.
After his residency was over, Dr. Pingpank went to the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA where he completed a fellowship in surgical oncology.
He then took time to focus on research where he became a Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
Awards and Contributions
Dr. Pingpank has received several awards for his research and surgical skills:
- Two-time winner of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Cancer Research
- Technology Transfer Award
- The Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor award
- Four-time winner of the Patient’s Choice Award
- The Vital’s On-Time Doctor Award
- Two-time winner of the Compassionate Doctor Recognition
- He is an ACS Fellow
Dr. Pingpank’s research has been extensively published in peer-reviewed journals.
His work appears in:
- The American Surgeon
- The Journal of Clinical Oncology
- The Annals of Surgical Oncology