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Coalition Leadership


Norman Wolmark, MD
Director of Oncology, West Penn Allegheny Health System

Norman Wolmark, MD, has served as Group Chair of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) since 1994. Dr Wolmark is also the professor and chairman at Drexel University School of Medicine and Chair Department of Human Oncology at Allegheny General Hospital.

A cancer researcher since the early 1970s, Dr Wolmark has authored or co-authored more than 190 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His current research efforts are devoted to the evolution of large randomized prospective clinical trials for the treatment and prevention of breast and bowel cancer, including the NSABP’s 1998 Breast Cancer Prevention Trial of tamoxifen in reducing the incidence of breast cancer.

Dr Wolmark holds membership with several professional and scientific societies including the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada), the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Society of University Surgeons, the Society for Clinical Trials, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association of American Cancer Institutes.

Following his internship and residency in surgery at McGill University in Montreal and at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr Wolmark served as a cancer expert at the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute and completed his postgraduate clinical training in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 1979 he returned to the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant professor of Surgery and became the executive medical officer of the NSABP. He was tenured in 1984 and was appointed the Mark M. Ravitch Professor of Surgery at the University in 1989.