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UPMC Physician, Nurse and Transplant Survivor Honored by National Liver Foundation

PITTSBURGH, March 1, 2011 – A UPMC doctor, nurse and a transplant survivor are among those being honored this month by the American Liver Foundation Allegheny Division at its annual Tribute to Excellence.

David Geller, M.D., F.A.C.S., co-director of the UPMC Liver Cancer Center; Kelly Cato Martin, C.R.N.P.; and liver transplant survivor Mary Alice King, president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Transplant Recipients International Organization, will be honored at the event on Friday, March 18 at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh. The foundation said this year’s honorees are being recognized for supporting the American Liver Foundation and for their efforts to fight liver disease.

“Each person honored at this year’s Tribute to Excellence has made a significant impact on the mission of the American Liver Foundation by sharing their time and talent,” said Suzanna Masartis, vice president of the American Liver Foundation. “Their leadership and commitment to the American Liver Foundation has had a profound effect throughout the communities we serve.”

At the first Tribute to Excellence in 2007, the foundation honored University of Pittsburgh transplant pioneer Thomas E. Starzl, M.D., Ph.D., and named an American Liver Foundation research grant in his name. Starzl is known as the father of transplantation.

Note: Media interested in covering this event should contact Suzanna Masartis at (412) 434-7044.

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