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UPMC McKeesport Presents Alive & Well: ‘Belly Basics: Digestion & More!’

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WHAT: UPMC McKeesport presents a free health education discussion on the liver and gallbladder. Experts will share insight on what you can do to keep both organs functioning at their best and what steps to take when they aren’t.


In addition, blood pressure and bone density screenings will be offered. Free hot lunch will be provided.


Registration is required. To register, call 412-664-2306, or visit


WHY: The liver is the largest organ in the body besides the skin, and it performs more than 200 vital tasks. The gallbladder is a small pouch that stores bile produced by the liver. In response to signals, the gallbladder squeezes stored bile, which helps digest fats, into the small intestine through a series of tubes called ducts.




Alex Myint, M.D., gastroenterologist, will discuss the liver and its related diseases such as Hepatitis C, cirrhosis and fatty liver.


Christine Kinnier, M.D., general surgeon, will discuss the role of the gallbladder, and why its removal ranks among the most commonly performed surgeries in the country.


WHEN: noon to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16

noon, screenings and hot lunch
1 p.m., presentation


WHERE: UPMC McKeesport, 1500 Fifth Ave., Kelly Conference Center, Ground Floor, Kelly Building, McKeesport, Pa., 15132.


Note to Media: To cover this event, pre-arrangements must be made by contacting Madison Brunner at or 412-578-9193.