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photo Dhiraj Yadav, MD, MPH


Professor of Medicine

Associate Chief, Clinical Research and Academic Development

Co-director, EMERGE (young investigator mentorship)


Phone: 412-864-7078

Office: Division of GI, Hepatology & Nutrition-200 Lothrop St
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital M2, C Wing
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-7078
Fax: 412-864-7080
Administrative Assistant:
Clinical-Procedure Scheduling
Address: Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition-200 Lothrop St
UPMC PresbyterianHospital M2 C-Wing
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-8132
Fax: 412-647-1880
Education and Training
MBBS (MD in the US), Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College,University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, India, 1992
MPH (Epidemiology), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2005
Internal Medicine Residency, New York Medical College, 1998
Gastroenterology Fellowship, New York Medical College, 2001
Clinical Pancreatology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2002
Research Interest
Dr. Yadav’s research interest is in the study of epidemiology of pancreatic diseases. He has used local, state and national level data as well as collaborative studies to define various aspects of the epidemiology of pancreatitis. His major contributions to the scientific literature include the role of alcohol and tobacco; incidence, prevalence and hospitalizations; risk and burden of readmissions; and the natural history of pancreatitis. Data generated from his studies are often used by national agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health to set research priorities.

Dr. Yadav’s research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. He holds leadership positions at the national level as the co-chair of the Adult Chronic Pancreatitis Working Group of the Consortium for the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer (CPDPC), and co-chair of the Type 1 Diabetes in Acute Pancreatitis Consortium (T1DAPC). He is the co-principal investigator on several ongoing multicenter studies in pancreatitis, including PROCEED, SHARP, DREAM and ACCESS-AP. He is a member of the North American Pancreatitis Studies (NAPS2) consortium, which has prospectively ascertained the largest prospective cohort of patients with recurrent acute and chronic pancreatitis in the US.

Dr. Yadav is frequently invited to national and international conferences and seminars to discuss his research. He has also been involved in the development of consensus and practice guidelines for the American Pancreatic Association and PancreasFest on different aspects of pancreatitis.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Yadav specializes in the evaluation and management of pancreatic disorders. He also treats patients with all types of general gastrointestinal problems.
Educational Interest
Dr. Yadav has a special interest in teaching medical students, residents and gastroenterology fellows. He regularly conducts a Journal Club for GI trainees. He developed and co-directs the Enhancing Mentoring to Improve Research in Gastroenterology (EMERGE) program for the UPMC Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

He is regularly invited as a speaker, panelist or moderator at national and international meetings for the American Gastroenterological Association, American Pancreatic Association, PancreasFest, and the NIH sponsored consensus conferences. He has also served as a faculty mentor at the National Pancreas Foundation Annual Fellows Symposium on several occasions.
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Selected Publications:
Yadav, D., Timmons, L., Benson, J.T., Dierkhising, R.A., Chari, S.T. Incidence, Prevalence and Survival of Chronic Pancreatitis. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2011.
Yadav, D., O'Connell, M., Papachristou, G.I. Natural History Following the First Attack of Acute Pancreatitis. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2012; 107(7): 1096-103.
Whitcomb, D.C., LaRusch, J., Krasinskas, A.M., Klei, L., Smith, J.P., Brand, R.E., Neoptolemos, J.P., Lerch, M.M., Tector, M., Sandhu, B.S., Guda, N.M., Orlichenko, L., Alzheimer's Disease Genetics Consortium, Alkaade, S., Amann, S.T., Anderson, M.A., Baillie, J., Banks, P.A., Conwell, D., Cote, G.A. Common genetic variants in the CLDN2 and PRSS1-PRSS2 loci alter risk for alcohol-related and sporadic pancreatitis. Nature Genetics. 2012; 44: 1349-54.
Yadav, D., Lowenfels, A.B. The epidemiology of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Gastroenterology. 2013; 144: 1252-61.
Click, B., Ketchum, A.M., Turner, R., Whitcomb, D.C., Papachristou, G.I., Yadav, D. The role of apheresis in hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis: A systematic review. Pancreatology. 2015; 15(4): 313-20.
Dudekula, A., Munigala, S., Zureikat, A.H., Yadav, D. Operative Trends for Pancreatic Diseases in the USA: Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 1998-2011. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. 2016.
Romagnuolo, J., Talluri, J., Kennard, E., Sandhu, B.S., Sherman, S., Cote, G.A., Al-Kaade, S., Gardner, T.B., Gelrud, A., Lewis, M.D., Forsmark, C.E., Guda, N.M., Conwell, D.L., Banks, P.A., Muniraj, T., Wisniewski, S.R., Tian, Y., Wilcox, C.M., Anderson, M.A., Brand, R.E. Clinical Profile, Etiology, and Treatment of Chronic Pancreatitis in North American Women: Analysis of a Large Multicenter Cohort. Pancreas. 2016.
Munigala, S., Yadav, D. Case-fatality from acute pancreatitis is decreasing but its population mortality shows little change. Pancreatology. 2016.
Jeon, CY, Whitcomb, DC, Slivka, A, Brand, RE, Gelrud, A, Tang, G, Abberbock, J, Alkaade, S, Guda, N, Wilcox, CM, Sandhu, BS, Yadav, D. Lifetime Drinking History of Persons With Chronic Pancreatitis. Alcohol Alcohol. Alcohol and Alcoholism. 2019; 54: 615-624.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Mechanisms and Treatment Development for Pancreatitis Resulting from Alcohol Abuse and Smoking
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center / Department of Defense
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2023
Title: Evaluation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a Non-invasive Method to Detect and Quantify Pancreatic Fibrosis: a Pilot Study
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Indiana University/ National Institute of Health
Grant Number: R01 DK116963
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2020
Title: Consortium for the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer: Pittsburgh Clinical Center
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disease
Grant Number: U01 DK108306
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Title: SpHincterotomy for Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis - SHARP
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Medical University of South Carolina
Grant Number: R01
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2023
Title: The Genome and Microbiome Repository Project
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: UPMC Enterprises
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2019
Title: Cancer Prevention Agent Development Program: Early Phase Clinical Research
Role: Site Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Northwestern University
Grant Number: RES HHSN2612012000351
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2019
Notable Achievements
Co-Chair, Chronic Pancreatitis Working Group, Consortium for the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes, and Pancreatic Cancer, 2015-
Fellow, American Gastroenterological Association, 2017-
Member, Steering Committee, National Pancreas Foundation Registry, 2015-
Chair, Abstract Selection Committee, American Gastroenterological Association - Chronic Pancreatitis section, 2015
Faculty Teaching Award from GI Fellows, 2008
Editorial Board, Pancreatology, 2014-
Editorial Board, Pancreas, 2013-
Co-chair, Type 1 Diabetes in Acute Pancreatitis Consortium, 2020
Board member, National Pancreas Foundation Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2021
Conferral of Tenure, 2022-present