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Profile - Dr. Joel E. Lavine
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Joel E. Lavine, MD, PhD

Pediatric Transplant Hepatology (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Pediatric Gastroenterology (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Office Phone: (212) 305-5903
One of America's Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Dr. Joel Lavine is Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at New York-Presbyterian/ Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. A noted physician-scientist, Dr. Lavine is both Vice Chair and Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center who has devoted his career to helping children with digestive health diseases.

Dr. Lavine earned his doctorate in molecular biology in 1980 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, in 1984. He trained as a resident in Pediatrics and a fellow in pediatric gastroenterology at the University of California, San Francisco. He went on to join the faculties as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and then Harvard Medical School before becoming Professor and Vice-Chairman for 15 years at the University of California, San Diego. He also served as Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition there for 15 years.

Dr. Lavine’s research is in the treatment, natural history, etiopathogenesis, and genetics of fatty liver disease and viral hepatitis in children. He is investigating the role of sex steroid hormones on disease development, and the identification of genetic susceptibility loci. He is also developing noninvasive methods for assessing hepatic inflammation and cellular injury and looking at serum markers to determine more benign or aggressive forms of disease. He serves as National Chair of the NIH Clinical Research Network on this disease, and serves as Chair of multiple NIH study sections, workshops, advisory groups and Data and Safety Monitoring Boards.

In the clinical realm, Dr. Lavine sees gastroenterology patients in the outpatient setting for conditions such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic malabsorption syndromes, and functional bowel disorders.

Area of Expertise

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Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, NYP Employee Plan, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]

Affinity [Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]

Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]

Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]

Emblem/GHI [Medicare Managed Care, PPO]

Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Access (Exchange), EPO, Gatekeeper (Exchange), HMO, Medicare Managed Care, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]

Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Leaf (Exchange), Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Local 1199 [Local 1199]

MagnaCare [MagnaCare]

Multiplan [Multiplan]

Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]


UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth]

WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]


University of California San Diego School of Medicine

Residency: University of California-San Francisco Medical Center

Fellowship: University of California-San Francisco Medical Center


Wattacheril J, Lavine JE, Chalasani NP, Guo X, Kwon S, Schwimmer J, Molleston J, Loomba R, Brunt EM, Chen YI, Goodarzi M, Taylor KD, Yates KP, Tonascia J, Rotter J. Genome wide associations related to the spectrum of histologic features in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in Hispanic boys. 2017. J. Pediatr. 190: 100-107. PMID: 28918882

Elbel E, Lavine JE, Downes M, Van Natta M, Yu R, Schwimmer JB, Behling C, Brunt E, Tonascia JT, Evans RM. Hepatic nuclear receptor expression associates with features of histology in pediatric nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Hepatology Communications. 2018. In press.

Lavine JE, Schwimmer JB, Van Natta ML, Molleston J, Murray KF, Rosenthal P, Abrams SH, Scheimann AO, Sanyal AJ, Chalasani N, Tonascia J, Unalp A, Clark JM, Brunt EM, Kleiner DE, Hoofnagle JH, Robuck PR for the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network. Effect of vitamin E or metformin for treatment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children and adolescents: The TONIC randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2011. 305(16): 1659-1668. PMID 21521847

Neuschwander-Tetri BA, Loomba R, Sanyal AJ, Lavine JE, Van Natta ML, Chalasani N, Dasarthy S, Diehl AM, Hameed B, Kowdley K, McCullough A, Clark J, Tonascia J, Brunt EM, Kleiner DE, Doo E for the NASH CRN.  Farnesoid-X nuclear receptor ligand obeticholic acid for non-cirrhotic, nonalcoholic steatohepatitits (FLINT): a multicentre, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.  Lancet. 2015. 385(9972): 956-65. PMID 25468160.

Schwimmer JB, Lavine JE, Wilson LA, Neuschwander-Tetri BA, Xanthakos S, Kohli R, Barlow S, Vos MB, Karpen SJ, Molleston JP, Whitington PF, Rosenthal P, Jain AK, Murray KF, Brunt E, Kleiner DE, Van Natta ML, Clark JM, Tonascia J, Doo E, NASH CRN.  In children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cysteamine bitartrate delayed release improves liver enzymes but does not reduce disease activity scores.  Gastroenterology. 2016. 151(6): 1141-1154. PMID: 27569726

Sanyal AJ, Chalasani N, Kowdley K, McCullough A, Diehl AM, Bass N, Neuschwander-Tetri B, Lavine JE, Tonascia J, Unalp A, Van Natta M, Clark J, Brunt E, Kleiner D, Hoofnagle J, Robuck P, NASH CRN. Pioglitazone, vitamin E, or placebo for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. 2010.  New Engl J Med.  2010. 362: 1675-1685. PMID 20427778.

Chalasani N, Younossi Z, Lavine JE, Charlton M, Cusi K, Rinella, M, Harrison S, Brunt E, Sanyal AJ. The diagnosis and management of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: Practice guidance from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Hepatology, 2018.  67(1): 328-357. PMID: 28714183

Woo Baidal J, Lavine JE. The intersection of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and obesity. Science Translational Medicine. 2016. 8 (323): 323rv1. PMID: 26819197


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21 West 86th Street
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Professor of Pediatrics (in the Institute of Human Nutrition)

Transit Advisory Notice

Starting Jan. 5, 2019, 1 trains will bypass the 168th Street subway station at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center until early 2020.