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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.

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.

Dr. Duerr Honored by Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Richard H. Duerr, MD will be honored by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation national office during their June 10, 2021 “Uniting to Care & Cure” virtual program, also known as “Toast & Roast”.  Dr. Duerr will receive this national award for his commitment to...

PAND Young Dietitian of the Year

Therezia Alchoufete, MS, RD, LDN will receive the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (PAND) “Young Dietitian of the Year Award” at the PAND Annual Meeting in April 2021.  Ms. Alchoufete is the lead dietitian for the UPMC IBD Center’s Total Care-IBD...

Dr. Whitcomb’s Life Insights Featured by ACG

ACG Magazine highlighted the life’s work and purpose of David Whitcomb, MD, PhD in his article, “Perspectives and Advice to Trainees and the Next Generation of Physicians and Scientists”.  Dr. Whitcomb discusses attributes for a meaningful career and life in this...

Dr. Evans Explores Depression & Anxiety in CP

Anna Evans Phillips, MD, MS discusses behavioral medicine approaches to improve quality of life scores for chronic pancreatitis (CP) patients in a compelling article in Physicians Weekly, Anxiety, Depression and Chronic Pancreatitis. 

Reflections on Physician Grief

In Physicians in Mourning: Grieving with a Purpose, Anna Evans Phillips, MD, MS explores a seldom discussed aspect of physician self care, the acknowledgement and processing of grief.  Dr. Evans is an associate editor for the Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin...

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