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Celebrating a Gluten Free Lifestyle 

The second annual Celebrating a Gluten Free Lifestyle conference was held on Saturday, September 28.  Attendees tasted delicious gluten free foods, listened to speakers share information about celiac disease and treatments, and participated in screenings for celiac disease.

The speakers this year included Drs. Kofi Clarke, Barbara Nagrant, Ram Chandra and Scott Faber, as well as Amy Macklin, R.D.  They spoke on a wide variety of topics for both adults and children related to gluten-free living and celiac disease.


ACDH Celebrates Awards of Excellence

Abhijit Kulkarni, MDDr. Abhijit Kulkarni, a gastroenterologist at the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health, was given the Courage Award by the National Pancreas Foundation for the outstanding work he has done in pancreatology. The award was given at the Duquesne Club on June 21, 2013 at the Courage for a Cure Fundraiser. Dr. Kulkarni is the medical director of the gastroenterology laboratory at AGH, and is quite active in pancreatic research. He sees patients at Federal North in Pittsburgh, in West Miflin, and at AGH, West Penn, Forbes and Canonsburg Hospitals. For an appointment, please call 412-359-8900.


Jose Olive, MDDr. Jose Oliva, a gastroenterologist with the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health, and the medical director of the liver transplant program at Allegheny General Hospital, has been awarded the Tribute to Excellence Award from the American Liver Foundation in 2013. This award honors an individual’s dedication and commitment to fighting liver disease. Dr. Oliva follows in the footsteps of his colleagues, who have been honored with this award in the past. His colleagues include Martha Loeffert (RN), Dr. Michael Babich and Dr. Paul Lebovitz. Congratulations to all!

 


Big Blue Quest News

Big Blue QuestNeither snow (YES, SNOW!) or rain prevented twenty three staff members from participating Saturday, April 20th, in the Big Blue Quest. This event is organized to raise funds to promote awareness that colon and rectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. At the Center for Digestive Health, our goal is to provide state of the art diagnostic care to treat and prevent both colon and rectal cancer. This event allows us raise awareness within the community and support this research. Overall, about 350 people ran or walked the course, along with 18 dogs! The ACDH, a sponsor of the event, supported a silent auction of baskets made by our staff (raising almost $1000), and contributed a total of over $2,000.00. The event raised over $40,000, which will go to support awareness efforts and research to beat colon and rectal cancer.


Update on Gluten Free Food Pantries

In June of 2010, the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health hosted a conference to bring together community leaders, residents, and members of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB), to explore ways to bring gluten free food into the local food pantries. A committee was formed from this meeting, and with the help of the GPCFB, 6 food pantries have been designated as gluten free sites for those with celiac disease. Volunteers at these 6 pantries have been educated about label reading and gluten free food choices, and have served many families over the last few years. Food collections have continued on a regular basis at various businesses such as Eden’s Market in Pittsburgh, and donation sites have been hosted at many different celiac events in the Greater Pittsburgh area. To date, over $6000.00 in food products and about $2500 in cash donations have been generously donated by Pittsburgh residents. Many thanks to those who continue to support this effort to get basic gluten free food products such as bread and pasta to those in need! The six gluten free food pantries include:

Food DriveNorth Hills Community Outreach
1975 Ferguson Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
412-487-6316

East End Cooperative Ministries
250 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-361-5549

West Hills Food Pantry – Sharon Community Presbyterian Church
522 Carnot Road
Coraopolis, PA 15109
412-262-4930

Brentwood Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
3725 Brownsville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15227

South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM)
5301 Park Ave.
Bethel Park, PA 15102
412-854-9120

Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry
828 Hazelwood
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
412-421-2708

If you or someone in your organization is interested in doing a gluten free food drive, please contact the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for more information at 412-460-3663.


Allegheny Center for Digestive Health Celebrates Gluten Free Lifestyle

The Allegheny Center for Digestive Health and the Gluten Intolerance Group of Western Pennsylvania, held a workshop on October 27 that featured samples of gluten free foods, a hands-on educational activity for children, and discussions on celiac diagnosis and nutrition. Read More


AGH Gastroenterology Program ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report

Once again, Allegheny General Hospital’s gastroenterology program has been ranked in the top 50 hospitals in the United States (from about 5,000 hospitals) by U.S. News & World Report. This report, slated for publication in August 2012, reflects the outstanding efforts of our physicians, nurses and support staff at the Center for Digestive Health, as we work with the staff at AGH to diagnose and treat our patients.

Two of our physicians have also been recognized for their exceptional care by other organizations. Dr. Paul Lebovitz, the Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at WPAHS, and the medical director of our practice at the Center for Digestive Health, was recognized by the American Liver Foundation for his commitment and dedication. In addition, Dr. Radhu Agrawal, a gastroenterologist at our practice and associate clinical chief of the Research and Education Division of Geastronterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, has been appointed by the governor to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs.

Congratulations to all for their caring and commitment to exceptional patient care!

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