A pioneer in the field of complex inflammatory disorders and among the most-cited authors in the field of pancreatic diseases
David Whitcomb is a pioneer in the use of mathematics, genetics, neurosciences, immunology,
epidemiology and clinical sciences to study complex inflammation disorders and cancer risks of the
digestive system, and he is among the most-cited authors in the field of pancreatic diseases with multiple
landmark papers. He co-founded the Center for Genomic Sciences (now part of the Genomics and
Proteomics Core Laboratory), and has served as Director of the Nutrition Support Service and Director of
Gastroenterology for the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System. He has also served as the principal
investigator of several major National Institutes of Health-sponsored multicenter studies and leads one of
the top human genetics programs for complex diseases. His development of effective programs for
delivering information needed for personalized medicine is being studied and emulated by other leading
programs throughout the country.
Dr. Whitcomb completed a doctorate in physiology and a medical degree at Ohio State University.
Postdoctoral training included medical residency, gastroenterology fellowship and postdoctoral training
under Ian Taylor MD PhD at Duke University. Dr. Whitcomb joined the faculty of the University of
Pittsburgh in 1991, and is the Giant Eagle Foundation Professor of Cancer Genetics, Professor of
Medicine (with tenure), Professor of Cell Biology & Molecular Physiology, Professor of Human Genetics,
Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Medical Director of the UPMC Liver-Pancreas Institute's
Comprehensive Pancreas Program.
As a member of many professional and scientific societies, Dr. Whitcomb has served as president of the
American Pancreatic Association and Chairman of the Pancreatic Disorders Section of the American
Gastroenterology Association. He founded and leads the Midwest Multicenter Pancreatic Study Group
and the Collaborative Alliance for Pancreatic Education and Research (CAPER). He started and directs
PancreasFest, an annual international translational meeting every July in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Whitcomb has received dozens of honors and awards: Voted by his peers as a Best Doctor in
America, selected one of ASG Review's Top 75 Gastroenterologists in America (November 2010), and
named by Becker's ACS Review as one of the 20 Great Physicians in Pennsylvania (May 26, 2011). He
has written over 300 scientific articles and edited 8 books.