Undergrad (Fordham University) Medical School (Universidad del Noreste), Residency and Chief Residency (Maimonides Medical Center), Fellowships in Clinical Nutrition (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), Gastroenterology (Temple University Hospital), and Hepatology/Liver Transplantation (Mount Sinai)
Medical Director Liver Transplantation, Director Clinical Hepatology, Medical Director Intestinal Transplantation, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York
As a clinician, trying to better understand antibody-mediated rejection in liver and intestinal transplant recipients, and thinking of better ways to optimize allograft survival post-liver and intestinal transplantation. Administratively for our transplant program, I am working on expanding our clinical outreach services and insuring that all patients have access to hepatology and transplant care, as well as continuing to consolidate our quality assurance and program improvement initiatives.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?:
Working within the field of transplantation allows a physician to make an enormous impact in the lives of patients and families. Being a member of the transplant team is thus both humbling and gratifying. Our field is ever changing and there are still so many research questions that remain to be answered in hepatology and liver transplantation. It’s exciting to see these changes and developments first hand. Finally, I have the great opportunity and privilege of working alongside some of the brightest and most experienced surgeons, pathologists, subspecialists and transplant physicians in the field.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?:
Being the best advocate and physician for my patients, serving as a mentor to junior colleagues and fellows-in-training, and striving for excellence and promoting patient-centric care in our transplant program.
How have you served AST?:
I am a Fellow of the AST, and am currently serving on The Research Network Scientific Review Committee. As a member of the LICOP Committee and its Intestinal Transplant Sub-Committee, I receive enormous satisfaction in serving as a mentor for young hepatologists. As part of the AST Program Planning Committee, I am learning a great deal about the organizational and stepwise development of our annual national meeting, and in the process getting to work with many incredibly talented people within different areas of transplantation.