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Division of Gastroenterology News and Awards

November 13, 2019

Dr. Brand Receives NPF Courage Award

Randall E. Brand, MD, received the National Pancreas Foundation’s highest community honor, the NPF Courage Award, in recognition of his outstanding patient care and research leadership in Pittsburgh and throughout the world.  NPF’s “Paint the Town Purple Courage for the Cure Gala” was held in September 2019 at the Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Brand is a professor of medicine with the Division, where he serves as the academic lead for Division efforts at UPMC Shadyside and the director for the system’s GI Malignancy Early Detection, Diagnosis & Prevention Program. In addition to Dr. Brand, the Division’s Pathology colleague, Aatur Singhi, MD, PhD, received NPF’s Nobility in Science Award, and Beth Dudley, MS, MPH, CGD, Helen Carleton, RN, and Gail Smoulder, RN, CGRN, received Compassionate Care Awards from NPF. Joy Jenko Merusi, MA, received NPF’s Professional Excellence Award. 

Dr. Brand NPF Award

Dr. Randall Brand surrounded by the UPMC Shadyside Pancreas Team at the National Pancreas 
Foundation’s Courage for a Cure Gala (Pittsburgh, PA, September 13, 2019).  

Dr. Schwartz Honored at “Night of Steel”

Marc Schwartz, MD

Marc Schwartz, MD, received the “Night of Steel” honor from the Western PA / WV Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in recognition of his compassionate patient care and his leadership in the IBD community. Dr. Schwartz is the clinic leader for UPMC’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, where he also leads clinical trial development for the Division.


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