Dr. James Pingpank

Surgical Oncologist at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. James Pingpank leads the HIPEC/cytoreduction surgery program at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). This center is arguably the leader in peritoneal mesothelioma surgery and care.

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Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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More About Mesothelioma Specialist Dr. James Pingpank

Dr. Pingpank is a peritoneal surface malignancies oncologist. He specializes in performing surgery for these cancers, which includes diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. He mostly works out of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Shadyside location.

The surgery most credited with long survival times is cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC. This surgery has two parts: removing tumors manually and then infusing heated chemotherapy into the abdominal cavity to help kill any residual cancer cells.

He’s also an Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Before coming to UPMC, he was head of surgical metabolism for the National Cancer Institute.

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Medical Degrees and Residencies

    • Medical Degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.
    • Residency in Surgery at University of Connecticut
    • Research Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania
    • Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia
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Certifications and Memberships

    • Board-certified in General Surgery
    • Membership in the American Society for Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research and Association for Academic Surgery

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Dr. James Pingpank is the head surgeon for peritoneal mesothelioma at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a specialist in all peritoneal surface malignancies. His research into this cancer dates back more than a decade.

Why Choose Dr. Pingpank?

  • Completed one residency and two fellowships in his training
  • Leads surgery at a high-volume center for mesothelioma
  • Belief in regional therapy, such as HIPEC, to treat cancer








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Speaker at Conferences on Mesothelioma

As the leader of peritoneal mesothelioma care at UPMC, Dr. Pingpank is a top specialist for this disease. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has one of the top fellowship programs for peritoneal malignancies and has produced many specialists at various cancer centers across the country.

Dr. Pingpank is a highly respected voice in the mesothelioma community, especially the subgroup of peritoneal mesothelioma.

He spoke about peritoneal mesothelioma treatment at several conferences, such as the 2008 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. He also spoke at the 2011 version of this event. He discussed the difficulty of getting drug companies to invest in new treatments and suggested smaller trials as a cost-effective way to study mesothelioma.

Surgeon Featured in Studies

Dr. Pingpank has co-authored 147 medical articles, some of which are about malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. In 2015, he was part of a study leading to a median survival of around four years after cytoreductive/HIPEC surgery. He co-authored the study with Dr. Deepa Magge, who trained at UPMC and now leads peritoneal surface malignancy treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

In 2013, he was part of a study with a 41% five-year survival rate from cytoreduction/HIPEC surgery. He has been involved in many cases achieving five-year or even decade-long survival after surgery.

How to Connect With Dr. Pingpank

You can see Dr. Pingpank at UPMC with the help of a patient advocate. Email our registered nurse, Karen Ritter, for her assistance finding a surgeon for peritoneal mesothelioma. Her email is karen@mesotheliomaguide.com, or you can send your information to her via our free Doctor Match form.

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About the Writer, Devin Golden

Devin Golden is the content writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He produces mesothelioma-related content on various mediums, including the Mesothelioma Guide website and social media channels. Devin's objective is to translate complex information regarding mesothelioma into informative, easily absorbable content to help patients and their loved ones.