Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
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C-Wing-PUH
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 648-9115

News

Dr. O'Keefe's Research: A 2015 NCI Highlighted Publication

A Nature Communications publication on Fat, Fiber and Cancer Risk in African Americans and Rural Africans by the research team of Stephen J.D. O’Keefe, MD, MSc has been selected as a Research Highlight for 2015 by NCI's Epidemiology & Genomics Research Program (EGRP). The EGRP staff nominated and voted for 2015 manuscripts by EGRP grantees which were deemed to have the greatest potential for scientific and/or public health impact. Dr. O'Keefe is a professor of medicine with the University of Pittsburgh Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

 

Dr. O'Keefe Promotes Fiber-Rich Diet on PBS

Stephen J.D. O’Keefe, MD, MSc was featured on the original PBS documentary, In Defense of Food, and discussed his microbiome and fiber research studies. This December 2015 program stars U.S. journalist Michael Pollen and discusses a prescription for reversing the damage being done to health by today's industrially driven Western diet. Dr. O'Keefe is a professor of medicine with the University of Pittsburgh | UPMC Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

 

GI Fellows Receive Endoscopy Awards

Rohit, Das, MD, chief fellow and a year three GI fellow, and Shiv Desai, MD, a year two GI fellow, have both received travel grant awards to attend the 13th Annual Rocky Mountain Interventional Endoscopy Course. This February 18-19, 2016 program will take place in Denver, CO.

 

Drs. Regueiro & Szigethy Interviewed at ABID

Miguel Regueiro MD and Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD were interviewed by “MD: All Specialties” at the Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (AIBD) annual meeting, which was held in Orlando, FL in December 2015. Dr. Reguerio discusses hot topics in IBD, and Dr. Szigethy discusses opioid use in IBD patients in these videos. Dr. Regueiro is a professor of medicine with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, where he serves as the clinical head of the UPMC IBD Center, associate chief for education, and is UPMC’s senior medical lead of Specialty Medical Homes. Dr. Szigethy is an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry with the Division, and she is the founder and director of the Division’s Visceral Inflammation & Pain (VIP) Center. Drs. Regueiro and Szigethy co-direct UPMC’s Total Care-IBD program, a subspecialty medical home model to offer comprehensive care for IBD patients.

 

Dr. Levinthal Discusses IBS in Pittsburgh Tribune Review

David Levinthal, MD, PhD discussed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms and treatments in one of Pittsburgh’s regional newspapers. A copy of this discussion with Dr. Levinthal may be read here. Dr. Levinthal is an assistant professor of medicine with the University of Pittsburgh | UPMC Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

 

Dr. Eagon Gives Back

The community commitment of Patricia Eagon, PhD, a volunteer with the South Hills Food Bank, was featured on The Allegheny Front in December, 2015. Dr. Eagon is an associate professor of medicine with the University of Pittsburgh Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

 

Dr. Regueiro Discusses Long-Term Impact of IBD Treatment

Miguel Regueiro, MD was among four national IBD subspecialists featured in the December 2015 issue of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News to discuss use of the Lémann Index. This index assesses cumulative structural bowel damage in patients with Crohn’s disease. Dr. Regueiro is a professor of medicine with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He serves as a co-director and the clinical head for the UPMC Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.

 

Dr. Regueiro to Lead UPMC Medical Home Projects

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.

 

Dr. Szigethy Challenges Opioid Use for Abdominal Pain

Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD was featured as the lead contributor for “Opioid Scripts for Chronic Bowel Pain Persist Despite High Risks, Few Rewards,” 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 Division’s Visceral Inflammation & Pain (VIP) Center.

 

Pitt GI Contribute Research and Clinical Expertise to National Meetings

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:

 

UPMC GI in the Top 10 Again: US News & World Report

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."

 

Dr. Dunn Appointed to AASLD Liaison Committee

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 Division’s associate chief for Translational Research.

 

Division’s Pancreas Center Receives NIH Grant

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

 

Dr. Levinthal Represents UPMC at AGA Advocacy Day

David Levinthal, MD, PhD was one of 60 participants in the American Gastrointestinal Association’s (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.

 

Dr. Slivka Honored as a 2015 Top Cancer Doctor

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 Division’s associate chief for Clinical Services.

 

Dr. Regueiro: UPMC "Medical Mondays"

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 Crohn’s 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.

 

Dr. Levinthal Discusses Diet and Stomach Size in Smithsonian Magazine

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.

 

Dr. O’Keefe Leads Study on African Diet to Diminish Colon Cancer Risk

Research led by Stephen O’Keefe, 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. O’Keefe 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.

 

Dr. Whitcomb Featured in Post-DDW Online Education

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.

 

Dr. Schwartz Discusses Probiotics and Fecal Transplantation

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 “good” 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.

 

Dr. Szigethy & Total Care-IBD Featured on Psychiatry

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 Division’s Visceral Inflammation & Pain (VIP) Center, a cognitive behavioral therapy option to address GI pain and the chronic disease stressors.

 

Dr. Levinthal Receives AGA Research Honor

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.

 

Dr. Yadav Elected to the AGA PAN Nominating Committee

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 Association’s 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.