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  • Dr. Satdarshan Singh Monga presents that Pittsburgh Liver Research Center (PLRC) recently obtained the honor of the Digestive Diseases Research Core Center Designation which will help ensure that research will continue to benefit patients with liver disease. 
  • Dr. Swaytha Ganesh explains when to refer a patient for a liver transplant and the benefits of living donation.
  • Dr. Aatur Singhi and Dr. Adam Slivka present next generation sequencing (NGS) of biliary specimens and improves preoperative detection and management of malignant bile duct strictures. Testing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)-obtained biliary specimens against this assay offers clinicians a more reliable diagnosis compared to standard methods. 
  • Dr. Debbie Cheng discusses malignant vascular tumor of the liver and explains causes of liver failure.

Educational Objectives:

  • Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Identify the most common indications for liver transplant
  • Recognize which patients need referrals for evaluations at a transplant center
  • Explain which patients will benefit from liver transplant, even if their MELD score is low
  • Recognize new molecular diagnostic testing available for patients with suspected bile duct cancer
  • Describe abnormal hepatic lesions leading to liver failure as a result of malignant vascular processes
  • Analyze liver health through research, communication, and collaboration


Drs. Cheng, Ganesh, Monga, Singhi, and Slivka have reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 12/3/2019 | Last Modified On: 12/3/2019 | Expires: 12/3/2020

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