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George K. Gittes, MD

George Gittes, MD
Job Title Benjamin R. Fisher Chair of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief
Job Title Director, Pediatric Surgical Research
Job Title Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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Education and Training

Medical School:

1987 Harvard Medical School

Residency:

1994 University of California, San Francisco, Calif.

Fellowship:

1996 Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
1994 Hormone Research Institute and The Gastrointestinal Research Laboratories, University of California, San Francisco, Calif.

Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Specialty Fellow
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • American Society of Clinical Investigators
  • American Society of Cell Biology
  • American Surgical Association
  • British Association of Pediatric Surgeons
  • Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • Southern Surgical Association

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery with Special Qualification in Pediatric Surgery

Awards

  • 2005 Benjamin R. Fisher Chair of Pediatric Surgery
  • 2004-2008 Standing member CAD0 NIH Study Section
  • President, Society of University Surgeons
  • 2004 American College of Surgeons Traveling Fellowship to Japan
  • Owen H. Wangensteen, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons Fellowship
  • Ross Laboratories Resident Award for paper entitled "Initiation of Gastrin Expression During Development of the Mouse Pancreas"
  • 1992 First Prize, Resident Research Competition, University of California
  • 1991 First Prize, Resident Research Competition, University of California
  • NIH GI Training Grant, University of California
  • Cum Laude, Harvard Medical School
  • Magna Cum Laude, Harvard College
  • John Harvard Scholar, Harvard College

Publications

  • Xiao X, Wiersch J, El-Gohary Y, Guo P, Prasadan K, Paredes J, Welsh C, Shiota C, Gittes GK.  TGF-β Receptor Signaling Is Essential for Inflammation-Induced but Not β-Cell Workload-Induced β-Cell Proliferation.  Diabetes 2013 Jan 15. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Shah S, Esni F, Jakub A, Paredes J, Lath N, Malek M, Potoka D, Prasadan K, Mastroberardino P, Shiota C, Guo P, Miller K, Hackam D, Burns R, Tulachan S, Gittes GK. Embryonic mouse blood flow and oxygen correlate with early pancreatic differentiation.  Dev. Biol. 349:342-9, 2011.
  • Prasadan K, Koizumi M, Tulachan S, Shiota C, Lath N, Paredes J, Guo P, El-Gohary Y, Marcus M, Shah S, Gittes GK.  The expression and function of glucose-dependence insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) in the embryonic mouse pancreas.  Diabetes 60(2):548-54, 2011.
  • Tulachan S, Tei E, Hembree M, Crisera C, Prasadan K, Koizumi M, Shah S, Guo P, Bottinger E, Gittes GK.  TGF-beta isoforms signaling regulates secondary transition and mesenchymal-induced endocrine development in the embryonic mouse pancreas.  Dev. Biol. 305:508-521, 2007.
  • Yew KH, Hembree M, Prasadan K, Preuett B, McFall C, Benjes C, Crowley A, Sharp S, Tulachan S, Mehta S, Tei E, Gittes GK.  Cross-talk between bone morphogenetic protein and transforming growth factor-beta signaling is essential for exendin-4 induced insulin-positive differentiation of AR42J cells.  J Biol Chem 280:32209-17, 2005.

Biography Summary

Dr. Gittes came to Pittsburgh in 2005 from Children’s Mercy Hospital and the University of Missouri Kansas City School Hospital and the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine, where he held the Thomas M. Holder/Keith of Medicine, where he held the Thomas M. Holder/Keith W. Ashcraft Chair in Pediatric Surgical Research. He has long been actively involved in mentoring the next generation of scientific researchers.

Dr. Gittes was the 2005–06 president of the Society of University Surgeons and is professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Smad regulation of pancreatic islet formation

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