Miguel Regueiro, MD has been named the UPMC Senior Medical Lead of Specialty Medical Homes. In this role, Dr. Regueiro will work with specialists and UPMC payer-provider leadership to incorporate specialty care into medical homes. The strategic vision of these homes is to provide coordinated care for chronic conditions for UPMC patients and subscribers. This structure will promote the overall UPMC vision of providing the highest quality care and the best member/patient experiences at an affordable cost. Dr. Regueiro is a professor of medicine with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, where he serves as the co-director and clinical head of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. Dr. Regueiro co-directs the UPMC IBD Medical Home, Total Care-IBD, with fellow GI faculty member, Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD. For more information about Total Care-IBD, please call 412-647-2183.
Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD was featured as the lead contributor for ďOpioid Scripts for Chronic Bowel Pain Persist Despite High Risks, Few Rewards,Ē an article in the November 2015 issue of "Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News." In this article, she discusses the lack of evidence to support long-term opioid use for chronic abdominal pain. Dr. Szigethy is an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry with the University of Pittsburgh | UPMC Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, where she is the founder and director of the Divisionís Visceral Inflammation & Pain (VIP) Center.
Researchers and physician scientists from the Division of Gastroenterology have been awarded abstracts and invited lecture opportunities for the following major annual meetings in the gastroenterology and hepatology disciplines. GI faculty value these opportunities to network with colleagues and advance GI science:
The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has been ranked as the 7th Best Hospital for Adult Gastroenterology and GI Surgery in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
"Any listing within the top 50 hospitals is a great achievement," commented Division Chief Dr. David Whitcomb. "However, to be ranked so highly among our peer GI programs across the nation is a true honor. This ranking is a fitting tribute to the successful work of our gastroenterology and hepatology medical professionals, our surgery partners, the terrific patients, and all who work to support gastrointestinal health in western Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S."
Michael Dunn, MD has accepted an appointment to the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Federal Agencies Liaison Committee for a two-year term (2016-2018). This AASLD Committee works to enhance the ongoing relationship among various NIH Institutes and other federal agencies to guide liver-related research initiatives and to build an awareness of funding opportunities for liver scientists and AASLD members. Dr. Dunn is a professor of medicine and biomedical informatics with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, where he also serves as the Divisionís associate chief for Translational Research.
The Pancreas & Biliary Center of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has received a National Institutes of Health U01 Award to participate in the Consortium for the Study of Pancreatitis. This five-year project will support pancreas research advancements. Division chief David Whitcomb, MD, PhD is the PI for this Pittsburgh Clinical Center
David Levinthal, MD, PhD was one of 60 participants in the American Gastrointestinal Associationís (AGA) Advocacy Day in September 2015 in Washington, DC. Dr. Levinthal was accompanied by GI faculty emeritus, Barry Kisloff, MD, and their group met with Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey in the U.S. Senate Offices to discuss the lifesaving benefits of colonoscopies.
Adam Slivka, MD, PhD was named as a 2015 Top Cancer Doctor in August 2015 by Newsweek, in conjunction with Castel Connolly. Dr. Slivka is a professor of medicine with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, where he also serves as the Divisionís associate chief for Clinical Services.
Miguel Regueiro, MD was highlighted in September as part of the UPMC Medical Mondays feature. Dr. Regueiro and a patient were featured in a WPXI-NBC television segment, and information to help patients with Crohnís disease and ulcerative colitis were provided. Dr. Regueiro is a professor of medicine with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and is a co-director and the clinical head for the UPMC Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.
David Levinthal, MD, PhD contributed information to Does Dieting Actually Make your Stomach Shrink?, an article in Smithsonian Magazine in June 2015. Dr. Levinthal is an assistant professor of medicine with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, where his practice and research interests concentrate on functional motility diseases of the digestive system.
Research led by Stephen OíKeefe, MD, MSc was featured throughout the U.S. and Western Europe in Spring 2015, when his findings on colon cancer diet variance among rural Africans and African Americans were published in the prestigious Nature Communications journal in April 2015. His research, Fat, Fibre and Cancer Risk in African Americans and Rural Africans, explores the power of diet to alter colon cancer risk. Excerpts from his research were discussed in the New York Times, Reuters agencies, Hiffington Post, Forbes Magazine, NBC News, CBS News, and the BBC, among other signification media outlets. Dr. OíKeefe is a professor of medicine with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, where his research interests concentrate on nutrition support and the gut microbiome.
David Whitcomb MD PhD lectured on "Definitions, Diagnosis, Genetics, and Management of Pancreatitis in Adults" on May 17, 2015 during the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) meeting. His lecture and the entire "Profiles in Pancreatitis: Approaches to a Complex Disorder" program is now available online.
Marc Schwartz, MD was featured in a Tribune-Review newspaper article, Probiotics Key in War on "Superbugs," in March 2015 to discuss the use of probiotics and ďgoodĒ bacteria for GI health. Dr. Schwartz highlighted his novel work with fecal transplantation designed to rebuild a more complete and health bacteria community in the gut. Dr. Schwartz is an assistance professor of medicine with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, where his practice concentrates on inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease patients.
Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD and her work with Total Care-IBD, the new UPMC Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Medical Home, was featured as the cover story in the March 2015 issue of Clinical Psychiatry News. Miguel Regueiro, MD, Total Care-IBD co-director, was quoted as well. Dr. Szigethy is an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. She is the founder and director of the Divisionís Visceral Inflammation & Pain (VIP) Center, a cognitive behavioral therapy option to address GI pain and the chronic disease stressors.
David Levinthal, MD, PhD has been selected as a member of the inaugural AGA Future Leaders class. He is one of 18 inductees nationwide who will receive extensive scientific and leadership training designed to help him to assume and maintain key leadership roles in the field of gastroenterology. Dr. Levinthal is an assistant professor of medicine with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. His clinical practice focuses on GI motility diseases, and his research seeks to understand the role of the central nervous system related to pain and autonomic function.
Dhiraj Yadav, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, has been elected to serve as a member of the Pancreatic Disorders (PAN) section of the American Gastroenterological Associationís Nominating Committee. This committee selects the slate of candidates for the vice chairposition and the nominating committee for the next PAN section election, which will be held in 2016.