Newsmaker: Dr. David Whitcomb
Noteworthy: Whitcomb is the recipient of the Henry Lynch Award by the International Symposium on Inherited Diseases of the Pancreas for his hereditary pancreatitis gene discovery. He was selected by the ninth International Symposium on Inherited Diseases of the Pancreas committee.
Family: Wife, Chris; two sons, David and John; two daughters, Jessica Gibson and Laura Graf; and five grandchildren.
Education: Bachelor's degree from Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind.; master's degree from Ohio State University, where he also earned his doctorate and medical degree.
Occupation: Chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Background: He grew up in rural Indiana and set out to be an artist, attending art school at Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind. He had a change of heart and transferred to Manchester College as a pre-med student and a career path was born. He was a resident and intern at Duke University before arriving in Pittsburgh 25 years ago.
Quote: “I focused on the pancreas mainly because I was told early on that it was a hopeless disease. A hopeless disease needs a champion and I decided to dedicate my career to solving an unsolvable problem and find a way to treat a so-called hopeless condition.”