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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 Intestinal Rehabilitation Doctors

Ruy Cruz Jr., MD

Dr. Cruz is surgical director of intestinal transplantation at UPMC and professor of surgery and gastroenterology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Training Highlights ​Research Interests
  • General surgery and gastrointestinal surgery residencies.
  • Pancreas multi-organ transplant clinical fellowships.
  • Critical care medicine research fellowship.
  • Managing the challenge of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) in liver and bowel transplant patients.
  • Monitoring the hepatic vein effluent during liver transplantation.
  • Surgical management of gastrointestinal PTLD in liver transplant recipients.

David Binion, MD

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

Training Highlights ​Research Interests
  • Immunology research fellowship.
  • Gastroenterology clinical fellowship.
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of human IBD.
  • Microvascular biology of chronic intestinal inflammation.
  • Novel therapies and algorithms to treat people with severe and refractory IBD.

Armando Ganoza, MD

Dr. Ganoza is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Training Highlights ​Research Interests
  • General surgery residency.
  • Kidney and pancreas transplantation surgery, transplant and hepatobiliary surgery, and pediatric and small bowel transplantation surgery fellowships.
  • Successful sequential cord blood stem cell transplant and intestinal-colon transplant for combined immunodeficiency and intestinal failure.
  • Pediatric liver transplantation for genetic metabolic diseases.
  • Long term outcomes in pediatric live-donor liver transplantation.

Adam Slivka, MD

Dr. Slivka is associate chief, clinical services with the UPMC Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. He's also a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Training Highlights ​Research Interests
  • Internship and medical residency, Brigham & Women's Hospital.
  • Clinical and research fellowships in gastroenterology.
  • Third tier interventional gastroenterology fellow.
  • Pancreaticobiliary diseases.
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

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