Newsmaker: Dr. Herbert Zeh III
Noteworthy: The Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy has named Zeh, a surgical oncologist at UPMC, its 2012 ACGT Investigator. A two-year, $500,000 grant from the alliance will support his gene-therapy research to combat pancreatic cancer.
Family: Wife, Kelly; son, Ryan, 20; daughters, Makenzie, 15, and Teegan, 13
Occupation: Chief, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology at UPMC CancerCenter; co-director, UPMC Pancreatic Cancer Center and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute GI Oncology Program
Background: For six years, Zeh has co-directed the Pancreatic Cancer Center, one of the largest pancreatic cancer treatment facilities in the United States.
Education: Bachelor's degree in biology and philosophy, 1989, University of Notre Dame; doctorate in medicine, 1994, University of Pittsburgh
Quote: “Unfortunately, still in 2012, most patients who develop this disease will succumb to it. ... It's the highest mountain out there.”
— Adam Smeltz