Faculty Spotlight: Transplant Hepatology and Surgery

February 12, 2016

In the interest of building connections and shared research opportunities between providers across NYP, the CADC Research Spotlight highlights faculty at the Center for Advanced Digestive Care, with a focus on their research and clinical interests. This issue's spotlight is three junior faculty members who have joined the liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgery programs at the CADC in the last two academic years. These three faculty additions are accompanied by hepatobiliary and transplant surgeon Dr. Benjamin Samstein (highlighted in a previous issue), and Dr. Robert S. Brown, interim Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Weill Cornell Medicine, in forming the core faculty of Weill 's liver transplantation program.

Karim J. Halazun, MD

Name: Karim J. Halazun, MD

Specialties: Liver transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery

Clinical & Research Interests: Hepatic malignancies, hepatocellular carcinoma, malignancies of the biliary tract, liver transplant outcomes research, organ allocation, living donor liver transplantation.

More information: Dr. Halazun came to Weill Cornell Medicine from Emory University, where he co-directed the liver tumor board, the liver tumor clinic, and the Liver Transplant Data Mart. His published works covers an array of topics, ranging from examining the effects of the neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio on transplant survival and cancer recurrence, to the effects of various organ allocation policies on patient outcomes, to efficacy of right hepatic trisectionectomy in hepatobiliary disease. Dr. Halazun has received numerous national and international awards, including the ASTS Vanguard Prize, the Hepatobiliary and Transplant Fellow Award from the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, and the American Society of Transplantation's Distinguished Fellow Research Award.

Arun Jesudian, MD

Name: Arun Jesudian, MD

Specialties: Transplant hepatology

Clinical & Research Interests: Complications of cirrhosis and portal hypertension, optimization of quality of care in hospitalized patients with cirrhosis, viral hepatitis, post-transplant outcomes

More information: Dr. Jesudian joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2014. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Transplant Hepatology. He is heavily involved in the inpatient care of patients with liver disease, both in developing systems to improve quality of care and in the educational instruction of medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Jesudian has authored articles and book chapters in the field of Hepatology and is actively engaged in clinical research. He also serves as a member of the Department of Medicine Quality Improvement Patient Safety Committee.

Catherine Lucero, MD

Name: Catherine Lucero, MD

Specialties: Transplant hepatology

Clinical & Research Interests: Viral hepatitis B and C, fatty liver disease, autoimmune liver disease, metabolic liver disease, hepatocellular cancer, and liver transplantation

More information: Dr. Lucero joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2015. She previously served as chief resident at the NYU School of Medicine before completing her advanced fellowship training in transplant hepatology at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University. Dr. Lucero specializes in the management of patients with liver diseases including hepatitis B and C, fatty liver disease, autoimmune liver disease, metabolic liver disease, and hepatocellular carcinoma. She cares for patients with advanced liver disease and those who are pre- and post-liver transplantation.