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  • Satdarshan Singh Monga, MD, presents that Pittsburgh Liver Research Center (PLRC) was recently designated as a Digestive Diseases Research Core Center by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and how it will help ensure ongoing research to benefit patients with liver disease.
  • Swaytha Ganesh, MD, explains when to refer a patient for a liver transplant and the benefits of living donation.
  • Aatur Singhi, MD, and Adam Slivka, MD, present how 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.
  • Debbie Cheng, MD, 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


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

All presenters' disclosures 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 four weeks postcompletion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page.

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

This course has been expired.