Continuing a Legacy of Excellence

By: Paul Wood

As one 25-year tenure with UPMC concludes, two veteran UPMC leaders are stepping into expanded executive leadership roles, alongside a team focused to deliver UPMC’s mission of Life Changing Medicine.

Beth Wild, currently president, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, will assume full administrative leadership of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network. Joel Nelson, M.D., currently the chief medical officer of UPMC International, will become president, UPMC International.

Beth Wild, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

“Beth has been an integral part of the leadership team responsible for UPMC efforts to deliver patient-focused, cost-effective cancer care across the UPMC Hillman network both domestically and internationally,” said Leslie C. Davis, president and CEO, UPMC.

In her more than 20-year UPMC career, Beth has led business development activity, including new partnerships and expansion, as well as clinical innovation initiatives aimed at transforming UPMC Hillman’s approach to cancer care.

The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the region and has more than 70 treatment locations throughout Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland as well as partnerships and collaborations in Ireland, Italy and Croatia.

Joel Nelson, M.D., UPMC International

Dr. Nelson brings decades of academic, clinical and operational expertise to his new role as president, UPMC International.

As chair of the Department of Urology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, since 1999, Dr. Nelson has successfully grown the department from five to 40 full-time faculty members and a 12-fold increase in clinical volumes and research funding.

He also serves as chief clinical officer and executive vice president of UPMC, supporting UPMC’s quality enhancement initiatives, service line development and growth initiatives across UPMC’s regions. “Having served as chief medical officer of UPMC International and as a respected academic and clinical leader of UPMC, Dr. Nelson is poised to continue advancing access to UPMC care and elevate its reputation globally,” said Davis.

Chuck Bogosta, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and UPMC International

After a 25-year career with UPMC, Chuck Bogosta, has announced his intent to retire from his roles as executive vice president, UPMC; president, UPMC International; and vice chair, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, at the end of June.

Over the course of his career, Chuck has led the expansion of UPMC’s world-class medical care, technology and services to patients and health care providers around the world, overseeing international projects spanning multiple clinical specialties, with a geographic focus on Italy, Ireland, China, Kazakhstan and, most recently, in Croatia. Bogosta has also helped lead the growth and expansion of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network, one of the largest integrated cancer networks in the country and internationally.

Davis said, “In both his International and Cancer Center roles, Chuck has been a champion for UPMC as we have leveraged our medical, operational and technological expertise to provide the best possible patient care, both in the U.S. and abroad.”