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Allegheny Valley Hospital Expands Liver Disease Treatment Services

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Natrona Heights, PA (November 9, 2012) - Allegheny Valley Hospital (AVH) announced today that it is expanding its liver disease capabilities under the direction of Ngoc Thai, MD, PhD, a nationally recognized liver surgeon and transplantation specialist who also leads the comprehensive West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) Liver Center at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh. 
The new AVH Liver Center is an extension of the West Penn Allegheny program, which is among the country’s most advanced referral centers for patients with liver cancer and other hepatic diseases. 
Through the AVH Liver Center, patients will have access to a broad, multi-disciplinary team of physicians who specialize in liver disease. In addition to Dr. Thai, other prominent AGH liver disease specialists who will provide care to patients at AVH include surgeons Kusum Tom, MD, Akhtar Khan, MD and Peter Abrams, MD, and physician assistant Molly Szramowski.
 
Dr. Thai and his team will hold a liver disease clinic for patients twice a month at AVH and manage patient treatment plans either locally or at AGH, if necessary.
 
The WPAHS Liver Center at AGH offers patients a full range of advanced therapeutic options for liver disease, including surgery, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), chemoembolization, radioembolization, systemic chemotherapy and liver transplantation. Medical and surgical liver disease specialists at the hospital, work collaboratively with radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists and medical oncologists to provide the most comprehensive level of care possible.
 
“Liver disease is prevalent in our region and is a condition that requires the highest level of specialized expertise to manage effectively. We are extremely fortunate to have access to one of the country’s preeminent liver disease specialists in Dr. Thai, and his stellar group of physician colleagues at AGH, to establish this important new service for our patients and the community,” said Michael Harlovic, AVH President and CNO.  
 
Those who would like to schedule an appointment at the AVH Liver Center can call 412.359.6738.
 
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