GI News and Events

Dr. O’Keefe Honored @ DDW

Stephen J.D. O’Keefe, MBBS, MSc, MD, AGAF was honored as an American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Mentor at the May 2022 Digestive Disease Week (DDW) meeting. Dr. O’Keefe’s lab studies physiological and pathophysiological responses to feeding and...

Dr. Levinthal Featured in Parade Magazine

David Levinthal, MD, PhD and colleagues discussed acid reflux symptoms in the January 2022 article, “10 Weird and Surprising Signs of Acid Reflux”.  This patient-friendly article was featured in Parade Magazine.

Dr. Rogal Recognized for Clinical & Teaching Accomplishments

Shari Rogal, MD, MPH has received two awards in 2021. In April 2021, she received the Medical Student Research Mentoring Merit Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. This prestigious award is initiated by medical student recommendations and is...

Dr. Levinthal Discusses Novel GI Options on WTAE-TV

David Levinthal, MD, PhD discussed a potential new neurogastroenterology treatment on WTAE-TV in November.  Dr. Levinthal and colleagues are exploring use of a tens unit to address digestive pain and related issues.  Dr. Levinthal is an assistant professor of medicine...

UPMC Pancreas & Biliary Center Selected as 1st CAPER Training Site

The UPMC Pancreas & Biliary Center will host the inaugural CAPER/NPF Visiting Fellows Program. This opportunity is cosponsored by The Collaborative Alliance for Pancreatic Education and Research (CAPER) and The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF). This one month...

Dr. Phillips: R01 to Study Pancreatic Pain

Anna Evans Phillips, MD, MS has received her first NIH/NIDDK R01 to study “Pancreatic Quantitative Sensory Testing (P-QST) to Predict Treatment Response for Pain in Chronic Pancreatitis” (NCT04996628). Dr. Evans will evaluate the ability of P-QST to predict responses...

Dr. Levinthal: Action Plan for CVS Management

David Levinthal, MD, PhD and colleagues continue to advance Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) treatment paradigms. In “Development of a Low Literacy, Pictographic Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Action Plan” in The Journal of Pediatrics, Dr. Levinthal and colleagues provide...

Dr. Schoen Launches FORTE

Robert Schoen, MD, MPH will lead the newly launched FORTE/NRG-CC005 trial (NCT05080673) to evaluate the frequency of surveillance colonoscopy in individuals with a first-time presentation and removal of one to two small, benign polyps.

Pitt Pancreas Bowls a Strike!

Pitt Pancreas Bowls a Strike!

The Division’s Pancreas & Biliary Center hosted the first National Pancreas Foundation PancreasBowl in October 2021. A great time was had by all with more than $2,000 raised for NPF. Hats off to Kim Stello, Lab Manager, for chairing Pitt’s PancreasBowl team.

Dr. Behari Honored for Patient Care Excellence

Jaideep Behari, MD, PhD has received a 2020 UPMC Excellence in Patient Experience Award. His patients have rated him as a “Top UPMC Physician in Gastroenterology”. Of the more than 7,600 UPMC physicians and advanced practice providers, Dr. Behari is among only 48 recipients to receive this UPMC award.

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