Allegheny Health Network Westmoreland-based Clinicians Recognized as ‘Outstanding Allies’ in the Fight Against Liver Disease
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Bruce Bradley, DO, and Mark DeSantis, PA-C, liver disease specialists at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Westmoreland Digestive Disorder Group, have been recognized by the Community Liver Alliance (CLA) as the 2017 “Outstanding Ally of the Alliance” Medical Honorees.
According to CLA, this award recognizes the clinicians’ dedication and commitment, by devoting their time, talents, and treasures to support not only the CLA, but all areas within the liver community in a meaningful way through advocacy, education, fundraising, and by forging paths of leadership for others to follow in the fight against liver disease.
Affecting one out of every 10 Americans, liver disease can be inherited or caused by a variety of factors that damage the liver, such as viruses, alcohol use, and obesity. Damage to the liver can result in scarring (cirrhosis) over time, which can lead to life-threatening liver failure.
Dr. Bradley is a board-certified gastroenterologist and specializes in treating digestive disorders and conditions of the liver. DeSantis specializes in treating patients who suffer from chronic liver diseases, such as Hepatitis C, and is known for providing compassionate care to patients who often face rigorous, extended courses of treatment.
The two have been caring for patients in Westmoreland County for many years. Today, Dr. Bradley serves as the Medical Director at the new Allegheny Health Network Outpatient Center – Westmoreland. This 23,000-square-foot multispecialty facility in Hempfield Township offers access to a range of medical specialists, and also includes a state-of-the-art endoscopy center for gastrointestinal procedures.
“Dedicating their careers to helping people in our back yard has made a great impact on the health of our community. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Bradley and Mark DeSantis on our team,” said Suzanna Masartis, Executive Director, Community Liver Alliance.
About the Community Liver Alliance
The Community Liver Alliance builds bridges connecting patients to health care providers and services; creates and conducts screenings, educational workshops and seminars; coordinates support groups; works with local media and community groups to increase awareness of liver wellness and liver disease; and meets with local, state, and federal policy makers to initiate positive change.