After attending University of Michigan and graduating with a BS in Biochemistry in 1981, Dr. Slivka entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He graduated with an MD, PhD from Mount Sinai in 1988. His training continued as an Internal Medicine Resident and Gastroenterology Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and culminated with an Interventional Endoscopy Fellowship with Dr. David Carr Locke in 1994. He was hired to be the Chief of Endoscopy at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) where he has remained for the last 26 years. He is currently a Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in charge of clinical affairs and the Director of the GI Service Line for the UPMC Health System. He is a Fellow of the ASGE, ACG and AGA.
Dr. Slivka has authored over 150 peer-reviewed original manuscripts and numerous book chapters. He has received multiple public and industry sponsored research grants and lectured and performed endoscopy at numerous educational events domestically and abroad. He has been a committee member and chair for the ASGE and has reviewed manuscripts and written editorials for many of the major GI journals including as a past member of the Editorial Review Board for GIE. Dr. Slivka has mentored over 150 fellows, many of whom have gone on to academic leadership positions in GI.
Dr. Slivka has dedicated his career to improving the care provided to patients with pancreaticobiliary diseases with recent emphasis on the early diagnosis of pancreas and bile duct cancers along with identifying pre-cancerous states.
Being selected as the recipient of the ASGE Master Endoscopist is a culminating event in my professional career. It represents a recognition and appreciation of a lifetime of commitment to my profession by my colleagues and peers. Reviewing the list of previous awardees adds to the gratification and is most humbling. This prestigious list includes past and current role models, contemporaries, and close friends. On behalf of my patients, my family, UPMC, my co-faculty, past and current fellows, and myself, I thank the ASGE for this prestigious and high honor.