Dr. Pienta is Professor of Internal Medicine and Urology and the Director of the Urologic Oncology program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also the chair of the Translational Medicine Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG). Dr. Pienta has international expertise in the development of novel chemotherapeutic programs for prostate cancer and is the principal investigator on The University of Michigan's SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) in prostate cancer awarded from the National Cancer Institute. In 2003, Dr. Pienta received the American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor Award in recognition of his achievements in translational research. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and 50 book chapters.
Currently, Dr. Pienta is involved in research to understand the process of prostate cancer metastasis to bone as well as developing new therapies for prostate cancer.