David Whitcomb, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. David Whitcomb is Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology and Physiology, and Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, he is the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, as well as the founder and Director of the Center for Genomic Sciences. Currently, Dr. Whitcomb leads an active research team, focusing on pancreatic diseases, and provides an information service on pancreas-related issues to patients, physicians and scientist through participation in Pancreas.org.

Dr. Whitcomb graduated from Manchester College in 1978 with a B.Sc. Continuing his education, he received a M.Sc. in Physiology in 1980 from the Ohio State University, a Ph.D. in Physiology in 1983, and an M.D. in 1985. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at Duke University in 1988, followed by a fellowship in gastroenterology 1991.

That same year, Dr Whitcomb was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, he served as Chief of the Nutrition Support Service and Chief of Gastroenterology at the VA Medical Center. Currently, he resides as Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh.

In addition to his responsibilities within the university, Dr. Whitcomb serves on national and international committees for the major gastroenterology and pancreatic societies. He is a Counselor for the American Gastroenterology Association, the American Pancreas Association, and the International Association of Pancreatology. He is also an Associate Editor for Pancreas, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, and Pancreatology. He serves as a peer reviewer for a number of scientific journals, and serves as a grant reviewer for the NIH, VA, DOD, and other institutions. Dr. Whitcomb's research efforts also lead him to become co-founded of the Midwest Multicenter Pancreatic Study Group.

Through his research, he has been featured in several publications, including over 100 manuscripts, over 100 abstracts and a recently edited book on inherited diseases of the pancreas. Previously, his laboratory group discovered the gene causing hereditary pancreatitis and other causes of pancreatic disease. In a landmark series of studies he mapped the hereditary pancreatitis gene to chromosome 7q35 (Gastroenterology 1996; 110(6):1975-80), and identified the gene as trypsin (Nat Genet 1996; 14(2):141-5). Currently, he conducts basic and translational research with a focus on pancreatic diseases while leading several research projects on alcoholic pancreatitis and pancreatic physiology.

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Dr. David Whitcomb
Phone: (412) 647-8666
Email: whitcomb@pitt.edu