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Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

Candidates for Certification in Transplant Hepatology must have completed a three year ACGME accredited Gastroenterology fellowship, followed by an ACGME-accredited Transplant Hepatology fellowship. There is also a Transplant Hepatology Pilot Program during which advanced training can be incorporated during the third year of gastroenterology training. 

  • Irine Vodkin, MD is the Program Director of the Transplant Hepatology fellowship program. Dr. Vodkin is board certified in transplant hepatology and has been recognized by the GI fellows as an outstanding hepatology clinical teacher. 
  • Rohit Loomba, MD, MHSc is the Director of Hepatology and a renowned expert in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and the recipient of several research grants.
  • Veeral Ajmera, MD, MAS is Director of Transplant Hepatology and performs clinical research in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. He is the recipient of multiple research grants and awards as an early career investigator in hepatology. He also has published research on the topics of viral hepatitis and acute liver failure.
  • Yuko Kono, MD is a hepatologist with research expertise in contrast enhanced ultrasonography of the liver and clinical expertise in hepatocellular carcinoma. Dr. Kono directs the weekly Liver Cancer Group (LCG) meetings. Dr. Kono also performs the bulk of outpatient liver biopsies and will be vital to this aspect of the fellow's education.
  • Michel Mendler, MD is an experienced transplant hepatologist with clinical and research interest in complications of cirrhosis such as hepatic encephalopathy and hepatorenal syndrome. He is the Director of Medical Student Education in hepatology.
  • Suzanne Sharpton, MD is an experienced transplant hepatologist with expertise in managing many types of chronic liver disease, including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, chronic hepatitis, autoimmune disorders, cirrhosis, and liver disease caused by alcohol. Her research focuses on the management of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Pranab Barnam, MD is an experienced transplant hepatologist with specializes in liver disease (hepatology) and transplantation. He treats patients with liver cancer, cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis. His research interests include disparities in access to hepatology care and post-transplant outcomes.

 In addition to hepatology faculty, other physicians who will play an integral role in the training program:

  • Claude Sirlin, MD and Cynthia Santillan, MD are diagnostic radiologists who specialize in hepatobiliary imaging and both review imaging studies for the weekly Liver Cancer Group conference. Dr. Sirlin is also a recipient of NIH grant funding to support clinical research in hepatobiliary imaging.
  • Mark Valasek, MD serves as Hepatology's primary hepatopathologist and oversees the weekly hepatology conference.

Please contact Roslyn Lara, Program Coordinator ( for more information.