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October 12, 2000

Ellis chair in hematology, oncology established

The University has received a gift from an anonymous donor to establish the Lawrence Ellis Chair in Hematology and Oncology in the School of Medicine.

Donald L. Trump, chief of the Division of Hematology – Oncology and professor of medicine and urology in the medical school, and deputy director for clinical investigations at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, will be the first holder of the Ellis chair.

Named in honor of Lawrence D. Ellis, a alumnus of and professor at Pitt's medical school, the chair was made possible through the generosity of a donor who describes himself as "a grateful patient," but who prefers to remain anonymous.

"We are deeply grateful to the donor of the Ellis chair, because his generosity will help ensure that others will be the beneficiaries of both the pioneering efforts in health care research being carried out here at the University of Pittsburgh and the world class medical treatment being provided by our medical faculty through the UPMC Health System," Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg said.

Ellis, who specializes in hematology and oncology, holds the titles of professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and medical director of the UPMC Health System Downtown. He has contributed more than 40 publications to the medical literature in the specialty of hematology.

Trump is recognized as an international authority in prostate cancer and clinical evaluation of new anticancer drugs. The author or co-author of numerous chapters in textbooks on oncology, he has published more than 160 papers in peer reviewed cancer journals. He also has received peer reviewed funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Defense.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 33 Issue 4

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