GI News and Events

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.

Dr. Levinthal Honored with ANMS Councilor Appointment

David J. Levinthal, MD, PhD has been elected to the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) Council.  During this four-year appointment, Dr. Levinthal will be part of the ANMS governing body, where he will not only advance the ANMS’s society mission but will also lead subspecialty advancements for DGBI (Disease of Gut Brain Interaction).

Dr. Beier’s Liver Research Gets Noticed!

Juliane I. Beier, PhD has been awarded an R21 from the NIH to study “Vinyl Chloride-induced Changes to the Epitranscriptome: Interaction with Diet."  This award will begin in April 2020.  Dr. Beier was also featured in an National Institute of Environmental Health...

Dr. Sarkaria Honored for Exceptional Patient Care

Savreet (Ritu) Sarkaria, MD has received a 2019 UPMC Excellence in Patient Experience Award.  Her patients rated her in the top 99.5th percentile in the nation.  Of the 7,600+ UPMC physicians and advanced practice providers, she is one of only 10 award recipients.

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