The hepatology program strives for excellence in the three main missions of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Department of Medicine: clinical care, research, and education. The clinical program is highly developed and encompasses both inpatient and outpatient services and consultative practice. We provide expert consultation on liver cases referred from both primary care physicians and gastroenterologists throughout Denver and the Rocky Mountain region. Our Hepatologists run outpatient clinics Monday through Friday and supervise and staff outpatient clinics for the post-transplant management of liver recipients. The clinic material spans the breadth of the field of hepatology including viral hepatitis, liver tumors, autoimmune diseases, Cholestatic diseases, fibrocystic diseases, vascular diseases, and all aspects of hepatic transplantation. Approximately 90 to 100 liver transplants are performed annually; outcomes rank among the best in the United States, and both deceased and living donor liver transplants are performed.
The program is prolific in both clinical and basic research. A few examples include: 1. NIH-sponsored, multi-center HALT-C study examining the impact of long-term pegylated interferon therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C, (Gregory T. Everson, MD); 2. NIH-sponsored, multi-center A2ALL study examining donor and recipient outcomes after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT); 3. NIH-sponsored VIRAHEP-C study examining the effectiveness of antiviral therapy for chronic hepatitis C in African Americans (Hugo R. Rosen, MD); and 4. NIH-sponsored Hepatitis C Research Center- one of only a few in the US (Hugo R. Rosen, MD). Dr. Lisa M. Forman is recipient of a research training award from the American Society of Transplantation. The breadth of clinical research encompasses clinical trials in therapy for hepatitis B and C, immunosuppressive protocols in liver transplantation, assessment of quality of life in donors and recipients after LDLT, quantitative assessment of hepatic function, and fibrocystic diseases of the liver. The group has authored well over 500 original articles and manuscripts covering a wide array of topics within the fields of hepatology and liver transplantation.
Training for fellows in the Gastroenterology fellowship program includes rotations on the inpatient hepatology and transplant service, and elective blocks in the hepatology outpatient clinics. The program also offers two positions each year in our ACGME accredited Transplant Hepatology fellowship. Applicants must have successfully completed a Gastroenterology fellowship to be eligible. The educational and clinical conferences include Patient Selection Committee, Liver Pathology Conference, and Hepatobiliary and Tumor conference, in addition to the educational conferences of the Division.