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Format: 04/23/2014
Format: 04/23/2014


Allegheny General Hospital Transplant Chief Honored by American Liver Foundation

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Ngoc Thai, MD, PH.D, a prominent liver transplant surgeon and Director of the Center for Abdominal Transplantation at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), will be recognized by the American Liver Foundation (ALF) this month for his dedication and contributions to the advancement of care for patients with liver disease.

Dr. Thai is one of five local healthcare professionals chosen to be honored at the Foundation’s annual Tribute to Excellence event which will be held on March 18, 2011 at the Duquesne Club in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The ALF was created in 1976 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease. Its mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. The Allegheny Division of the ALF is one of 19 divisions throughout the country.

Under Dr. Thai’s direction, AGH is home to one of the region’s most comprehensive programs for the treatment of complex liver diseases. The program’s multi-disciplinary team of highly trained specialists affords patients access to the complete spectrum of advanced medical and surgical therapies for liver cancer and diseases such as hepatitis and hemochromatosis which cause end-stage liver failure.

AGH became certified as a center for liver transplantation in 2007 and has been long recognized for its state-of-the-art capabilities in the treatment of liver cancer. Physicians from medical oncology, surgery, radiation oncology, hepatology and interventional radiology work closely together to determine a patient’s best course of treatment.

“We take great pride in the patient-centered approach to liver disease management that our team employs. Our goal is to provide each patient with a treatment regimen specific to their individual need to ensure the best possible outcome,” Dr. Thai said.

Dr. Thai said he accepts the ALF’s award on behalf of his entire team at AGH and the patients who entrust them with their care. He also praised the ALF for its tireless efforts to raise awareness about liver disease and its critical support of clinical and scientific work at hospitals across the nation.

“It’s a privilege to be recognized by an outstanding organization like the American Liver Foundation that has made a tremendous difference in lives of many, many people with liver disease. We look forward to continued collaboration with the Foundation in the pursuit of this important cause,” Dr. Thai said.

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