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photo Eva M Szigethy, MD, PhD


Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine & Pediatrics

Director, Behavioral Health with the Chief Medical and Scientific Office

Founder, Visceral Inflammation & Pain (VIP) Center

Director, Total Care-IBD

Co-Director, UPMC Program for Gut Brain Health (PGH)


Phone: 412-802-6696

Office: Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition - Visceral Inflammation & Pain (VIP) Center
3708 Fifth Ave. - Medical Arts Bldg., 4th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-802-6696
Fax: 412-683-7160
Administrative Assistant:
Kate Saucier
Address: Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Med Arts Bld. 3708 5th Ave 4th Floor ( VIP Center)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-578-9527
Fax: 412-683-7160
Education and Training
BA, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1985
PhD, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1989
MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY, 1993
MS, Harvard University, Boston, MA, 2003
General Psychiatry Residency, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1997
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency, Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard University, Boston, MA, 1999
ASCH certified hypnotherapist, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis certification, 2009
Research Interest
Dr. Szigethy's research involves cognitive behavioral therapy to improve health care delivery for adult and pediatric GI patients, using psychotherapy, hypnosis, digital behavioral tools, and pharmacotherapy. Dr. Szigethy's additional research interests include advanced programming for IBD patients and patients experiencing chronic pain, an interest in narcotic bowel syndrome and the mechanisms underlying this type of central hyperalgesia, as well as treatments to manage pain and opioid detoxification. Dr. Szigethy is the principal investigator of a recently awarded PCORI contract which explores advanced technology systems designed to manage chronic disease and will compare a technology-centric approach with a team-based, high-touch intervention. This study takes place within three IBD specialty medical homes at renowned hospitals, with UPMC as the lead site.
Clinical Interest
Cognitive behavioral therapy to support visceral health.
Digital Behavioral Tools.
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Benhayon, D., Youk, A., McCarthy, F.N., Davis, S., Keljo, D., Bousvaros, A., Fairclough, D., Kupfer, D.J., Buysse, D., Szigethy, E. Characterization of Relationships Between Sleep, Inflammation, and Psychiatric Dysfunction in Depressed Youth with Crohn's Disease. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2013; 57: 335-342.
Szigethy, E., Youk, A.O., Benhayon, D., Newara, M.C., Kirshner, M.A., Bujoreanu, I.S., Mrakotsky, C., Bousvaros, A., Srinath, A., Keljo, D.J., Kupfer, D.J., DeMaso, D.R. Depression Subtypes in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2013.
Drossman, D., Szigethy, E. Narcotic Bowel Syndrome: A recent update. The American Journal of Gastroenterology Supplement. 2014; 2(1): 22-30.
Srinath, A., Young, E., Szigethy, E. Pain Management in IBD: Translational approaches. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. 2014; 20: 2433-49.
Szigethy, E., Bujoreanu, S.I., Youk, A.O., Weisz, J., Benhayon, D., Fairclough, D., Ducharme, P., Gonzalez-Heydrich, J., Keljo, D., Srinath, A., Bousvaros, A., Kirshner, M., Newara, M., Kupfer, D., DeMaso, D.R. Randomized efficacy trial of two psychotherapies for depression in youth with inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2014; 53: 726-35.
Szigethy, E., Youk, A.O., Fairclough, D., Weisz, J., Ducharme, P., Bujoreanu, S.I., Gonzalez-Heydrich, J., Keljo, D.J., Bousvaros, A., Srinath, A., Kupfer, D.J., DeMaso, D.R. Treating Inflammatory Depression: A Randomized Trial of cognitive behavioral therapy versus supportive therapy. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. 2015; 21(6): 1321-8.
Anderson, M.A., Akshintala, V., Albers, K.M., Amann, S.T., Belfer, I., Brand, R., Chari, S., Cote, G., Davis, B.M., Frulloni, L., Gelrud, A., Guda, N., Humar, A., Liddle, R.A., Slivka, A., Stopcynski, G.R., Szigethy, E., Talluri, J., Wassef, W., Wilcox, C.M. Mechanism, assessment, and management of pain in chronic pancreatitis: Recommendations of a multidisciplinary study group. Pancreatology. 2015.
Keerthy, D., Nasuh, M., Youk, A., Karwowski, C., Clark, J., Doamekpor, F.E., Holland, J., Bujoreanu, S., Keljo, D., Bousvaros, A.G., Benhayon, D., Fairclough, D., Demaso, D.R., Szigethy, E.M. Effects of psychotherapy on healthcare utilization in children with inflammatory bowel disease and depression. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2016.
Van den Brink, G., Stapersma, L., El Marroun, H., Henrichs, J., Szigethy, E.M., Utens E.M.W.J., Escher, J.C. Effectiveness of disease-specific cognitive behavioral therapy on depression, anxiety, quality of life and the clinical course of disease in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease: study protocol of a multicentre randomized controlled trial (HAPPY-IBD). BMJ Open Gastroenterology. 2016; 3(1): e000071.
Regueiro, M.D., McAnallen, S.E., Greer, J.B., Perkins, S.E., Ramalingam, S., Szigethy, E. Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 2016.
Notable Achievements
Sherman Prize for Innovation in IBD Research and Clinical Care, 2016
2012 Emerging Mentorship Award, UPMC Department of Psychiatry, 2012
Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2011
Invited Speaker, Winter Academy of University of Pittsburgh, Naples, Florida, 2010
University of Pittsburgh Women and Science Outstanding Achievement Award, 2008
NIH Director’s Innovator Award, 2007