Skinner named chair of medical school's radiation oncology department

Heath D. Skinner has been appointed professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology in the School of Medicine, effective July 1.

Skinner completed a combined MD/Ph.D. program at West Virginia University and a combined internship and residency in radiation oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He most recently served as associate professor of radiation oncology at Pitt School of Medicine and as an investigator at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

He specializes in the study and treatment of head and neck and lung cancers. As a physician-scientist, he maintains an active translational research laboratory focused on identifying novel biomarkers of resistance to radiation that can be clinically targeted.