Experts at the UPMC Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Center

At the UPMC Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Center, our team of skilled surgeons, nutritionists, nurses, and other professionals will guide you through each step of the transplant process.

Meet Our Team

Ruy Cruz Jr., MD, PhD

Ruy Cruz Jr., MD, PhD, is surgical director of intestinal transplantation at the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Center (IRTC) at UPMC. He is also a professor of surgery and gastroenterology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Training Highlights

  • General surgery and gastrointestinal surgery residencies
  • Pancreas transplantation and multi-organ transplantation clinical fellowships
  • Critical care medicine research fellowship

Research Interests

  • Managing the challenge of PTLD in liver and bowel transplant patients
  • Monitoring the hepatic vein effluent during liver transplantation
  • Surgical management of gastrointestinal post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorders in liver transplant recipients

David Binion, MD

David Binion, MD, is a visiting professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He serves as the co-director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center focusing on translational research. Dr. Binion is also director of the UPMC Nutrition Support Service.

Training Highlights

  • Immunology research fellowship
  • Gastroenterology clinical fellowship

Research Interests

  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of human IBD
  • Microvascular biology of chronic intestinal inflammation
  • Developing novel therapies and algorithms for treatment of patients with severe and refractory IBD

Guilherme Costa, MD, FACS

Guilherme Costa, MD, FACS, is assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a recipient of the 2001 American Society of Transplantation Young Investigator Award for his research in liver transplantation for HIV-positive patients.

Training Highlights

  • General surgery and transplant surgery residencies
  • Transplant surgery research fellowship
  • Clinical fellowship

Research Interests

  • Immunological monitoring of alloimmunity and transplant tolerance
  • Donor-specific antibodies and chronic intestinal allograft rejection

Hiroshi Sogawa, MD, FACS

Hiroshi Sogawa, MD, FACS, is a board-certified surgeon with the UPMC Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Center and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Training Highlights

  • General surgery and gastrointestinal surgery residencies
  • Multi-organ transplant fellowship
  • Transplant research fellowship

​Research Interests

  • Liver, intestine, and multi-visceral transplantation
  • Living donor transplant and pediatric transplant
  • Tolerance induction

Adam Slivka, MD, PhD

Adam Slivka, MD, PhD, is associate chief, clinical services with the UPMC Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition and professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Training Highlights

  • Internship, Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Medical Residency, Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Clinical & Research Fellowships - Gastroenterology, Brigham Women's Hospital
  • 3rd Tier Interventional Gastroenterology Fellow, Brigham Women's Hospital

Research Interests

  • Pancreaticobiliary diseases
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Contact the IRTC

To learn more or to refer a patient, contact the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Center.

Phone: 1-877-640-6746 or 412-647-5800
24-hour physician referral line: 1-800-544-2500
Fax: 412-647-5070

Email: transplant@upmc.edu

Communicate with us via our contact form.

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