News and Announcements
October 5, 2020

Dr. Wolmark receives 2020 PNC Elsie Hillman Distinguished Scholar Award
Norman Wolmark, MD, Chairman of the NSABP Foundation and of the NCTN group NRG Oncology, was honored with the PNC Elsie Hillman Distinguished Scholar Award during the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center's Celebration of Hope virtual event held September 17, 2020. The PNC Elsie Hillman Distinguished Scholar Award was established in 2011 by PNC and is presented to exceptional cancer researcher(s) during UPMC Hillman Cancer Center's Annual Gala. This year's Gala was held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information about this year's Gala and Dr. Wolmark's award, click here to view the event program.

September 25, 2020
MonarchE/NSABP B-58 results reported at ESMO Virtual Meeting
Positive study results were recently presented for the MonarchE/NSABP B-58 study, sponsored by Eli Lilly, at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2020 Virtual Congress. This study showed that adding the drug abemaciclib to adjuvant endocrine therapy significantly reduced the risk of recurrence for women with high-risk, early-stage breast cancer, an important development for this patient population. NSABP Foundation Medical Director, Priya Rastogi, MD, was a senior investigator for the trial and a senior author for the published results in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Click here to read the press release.

July 30, 2020

André Robidoux, MD, long-time researcher with the NSABP and NRG Oncology, dies in Montreal. Click here to read the announcement.

June 24, 2020
Joan B. Goldberg, MPH, approaches retirement from NRG Oncology and the NSABP Foundation. Click here to read the announcement.

June 16, 2020
MonarchE/NSABP B-58 trial meets primary endpoint with Abemaciclib combo in HR+, HER2- breast cancer. Click here to read the press release from Eli Lilly.

May 29, 2020
Update on PALLAS, an International Academic Breast Cancer Study Evaluating Adjuvant Palbociclib. Click here to read the press release.

February 7, 2020
In memorium – Janet Wolter-Grip, MD
It is with much sadness that we convey the passing of Janet Wolter-Grip, MD, on February 4, 2020, at the age of 93. Dr. Wolter was an oncologist and Professor of Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She was a member of ECOG, as well as the legacy NSABP, serving on executive committees for both cooperative groups.  NSABP awarded her the Investigator Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.  We extend our deepest condolences to her family and colleagues. Click here to read the memorial written by Dr. Wolter's colleague at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Melody Cobleigh.

October 21, 2019 Due to events in the City of Pittsburgh during the day on October 23, 2019, the Pittsburgh Operations Center and Department of Pathology will be closed for the day. Phone service will be available during normal business hours; however, you will be asked to leave a message, and your call will be returned in a timely manner, as appropriate. E-mails will also be returned as appropriate.

October 21, 2019
We mourn the passing of Bernard Fisher, MD (August 23, 1918 – October 16, 2019). He was a Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at University of Pittsburgh, and founding member and past chairman of the NSABP. His profound research changed & improved the standard of care for women with breast cancer. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.

Condolences to the family may be directed to the following address:

The Fisher Family

5636 Aylesboro
Pittsburgh, PA 15217


E-mail condolences may be sent to Dr. Beth Fisher at

Click here to view Dr. Fisher's obituary which includes information where contributions can be made in his honor.

October 7, 2019
Drs. Shannon Puhalla and Priya Rastogi are interviewed by KDKA News for their HealthWatch segment about the KATHERINE Study results of the drug TDM1 that targets HER2+ breast cancer. Click here to watch.

July 18, 2019

Dr. Priya Rastogi discusses how the KATHERINE Study will inform early breast cancer care (via ASCO Daily News Podcast). Click here to listen.

May 29, 2019
Dr. Dan Hayes, a medical oncologist at the University of Michigan Cancer Center, recently interviewed Dr. Norman Wolmark, chair of The NSABP Foundation and one the group chairs of NRG Oncology as part of the Journal of Clinical Oncology’s Cancer Stories Podcasts: Conversations with Oncology Pioneers, about the history of NSABP. Click here to listen.

May 24, 2019
Norman Wolmark, MD, Chairman of the NSABP Foundation and one of the three NRG Oncology group chairs, will receive the 2019 Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Award at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), May 31-June 4 in Chicago. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Wolmark will deliver his address, "The Contribution of NSABP Clinical Trials to the Management of Early Breast Cancer: A 60-year Odyssey" on Saturday, June 1, 2019 (4:45-5:30pm CT). The Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Lecture Award recognizes an active clinical researcher with a distinguished record of accomplishments in advancing breast cancer research. For more information about the award and past recipients, click here.

May 20, 2019
ASCO 2019 Annual Meeting: This schedule is being provided so you are able to plan to see posters and presentations on NSABP Foundation research. Click here

April 1, 2019
Kay Pogue-Geile and Ashok Srinivasan stand with the poster presentation for NSABP FC-9 at the recent AACR Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, GA. To read the abstract, click here. (Photo credit: Dr. Thom George)

February 25, 2019
Dr. Sam Jacob's 2019 ASCO GI presentation for NSABP FC-11 was recently posted on the digital publication GI Weekly Special Edition which highlights key topics in #GIcancers presented during the 2019 ASCO GI Cancers Symposium. Click here to listen.
December 28, 2018
Dr. Larry Wickerham retired at the end of 2018. NSABP Foundation staff celebrated his many accomplishments in clinical trial research at our annual holiday party with some parting words from Dr. Norman Wolmark. Thank you, DLW, for everything!

October 26, 2018
Attendees at the NSABP Foundation's Research Meeting for Early Phase Investigators at the Operations Center in Pittsburgh.


July 9, 2018
Joan Beyer Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer of NSABP Foundation, Inc. attended the 2018 China-America Summit Forum on Surgical Oncology which was held June 15-16, 2018 at the Garden Hotel in Guangzhou, China.

June 10, 2018
As the NSABP celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018, Dr. Harry Bear honors the organization's history and 6 decades of meaningful progress. Click here to read Dr. Bear's Guest Commentary in the ASCO Connection.

March 23, 2018
Drs. Bernard Fisher and Norman Wolmark receive Society of Surgical Oncology's 2018 Charles M. Balch, MD Distinguished Service Award. Click here to view the full press release.