GI News and Events

Dr. Adam Slivka Honored as ASGE Master

Adam Slivka, MD, PhD will receive one of top honors from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).  Dr. Slivka will receive the ASGE’s Master Endoscopist Award in May 2020 at the ASGE’s annual meeting.  This award recognized clinicians who spend the...

Dr. Randall Brand: CGA President

Randall Brand, MD has been elected national president for The Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGA-ICC).   The CGA works to improve the understanding of the basic science of inherited colorectal cancer and inherited gastrointestinal...

Dr. Arteel Appointed to AASLD Committee

Gavin Arteel, PhD has been appointment to the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Nominating Committee for a two-year term.  The AASLD Nominating committee increases workforce recruitment, mentoring, and career development activities.  

Dr. Shaikh Receives Liver Grant

Obaid S. Shaikh, MD has received a grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals to study “Predictive Modeling of Acute Kidney Injury-Hepatorenal Syndrom (AKI_HRS) Among U.S. Veterans with Cirrhosis”.

Dr. Behari to Explore Precision Medicine for NAFLD Treatments

Jaideep Behari, MD, PhD has received a multi-PI grant to study Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver DiseaSE (NAFLD) in collaboration with Alex Soto-Gutierrez, MD, PhD from Pathology and Lans Taylor, PhD from Computational and Systems Biology. 

Dr. Bartnik Writes Ahead-of-the-Curve COVID-19 feature

Catherine Bartnik, MD was ahead of the pandemic curve in March 2020, when she wrote a COVID-19 feature for the PA Society of Gastroenterology’s Rumblings newsletter.  In this article, she discussed “COVID-19: Gut Feeling, It’s Time to Prepare”.  Starting in July 2020, her third year of fellowship, Dr. Bartnik’s training will focus on hepatology.

Dr. Szigethy Featured on WPXI TV

Pittsburgh’s NBC affiliate, WPXI TV, interviewed Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD to learn about coping strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Szigethy discussed mindfulness and relaxation techniques and provided practical tips for anyone to use to alleviate stressful reactions. 

Dr. Levinthal’s Research Featured

Novel gut-brain interaction research by David J. Levinthal, MD, PhD and senior researcher Peter Strick, PhD was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in May 2020.  Dr. Levinthal and colleagues found that parts of the brain’s cerebral cortex can have an impact on the...

Dr. Arteel Receives R01 Grant

Gavin Arteel, PhD has received a new R01 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). This five-year grant, “Biomarkers of Alcoholic Hepatitis”, will begin in June 2020.

Dr. Johnston Receives ASGE Grant

Elyse R. Johnston, MD received the Outstanding Manuscript Award at the American Society for Gastroenterology & Endosocopy’s (ASGE) National Crystal Awards program in May 2020. Dr. Johnston will receive a grant as part of this ASGE honor.

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