Scientific Advisory Committee

Sky’s Scientific Advisory Committee includes physicians, researchers and professionals. Provided funding is available, the committee invites requests for proposals from researchers working on early detection of pancreatic cancer. The committee may then recommend funding to Sky Foundation’s governing board, which makes the final decision. The committee also reviews annual progress reports about funded research projects. Research is funded for a single year. Support may be extended based on that progress.



Philip A. Philip, MD, PhD

Philip A. Philip, MD, PhD is multidisciplinary team leader of gastrointestinal oncology and professor of oncology and medicine at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University, both in Detroit.



Matthew HG Katz, MD

Matthew HG Katz, MD, is associate professor in the department of surgical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where his clinical and research interests focus on patients with pancreatic cancer.



Howard Crawford, PhD

Howard Crawford, PhD is professor in the departments of molecular and integrative physiology and internal medicine at the University of Michigan where he focuses on links between chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. He is also acts as the director of the pancreas research program at UM.



David S. Kwon, MD

David S. Kwon, MD, is an oncology surgeon at Henry Ford Health System and assistant professor of surgery at Wayne State University, both in Detroit.



Cyrus Piraka, MD

Cyrus Piraka, MD, is section chief, advanced therapeutic endoscopy; director, advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship, in the division of gastroenterology at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit

Elena Stoffel

Elena M. Stoffel, MD, MPH

Dr. Stoffel is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Cancer Genetics Clinic at the University of Michigan.  She earned her MD at Harvard Medical School, her Masters degree in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and completed her training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  Dr. Stoffel’s clinical and research interests encompass early detection and prevention of gastrointestinal cancers, as well as diagnosis and management of individuals with genetic predisposition.  Dr. Stoffel serves on the ASCO Committee for Cancer Genetics and is a past President of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGA-ICC).

Scott Moore

Scott D. Moore

Scott D. Moore is an attorney based in suburban Detroit, a member of Sky’s governing board and an ampullary cancer survivor.