Experts
    • Gastroenterology
    • GI Fellowship Program Program Director at Allegheny General Hospital
    Dr. Michael Babich is a gastroenterologist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who specializes in liver disease. He is also the Program Director for the GI Fellowship Program at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, a part of the Allegheny Health Network. Dr. Babich earned his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine, where he also graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Science. Dr. Babich completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He completed two fellowships at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond – the first in gastroenterology and the second in hepatology. Dr. Babich has been with the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health since 1997, and currently holds the faculty position of Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology through the American Board of Internal Medicine. He plays a very active role in the education of fellows, residents, and medical students.
    • Gastroenterology
    • Internal Medicine
    • Transplant Hepatology
    • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at UT Health Science Center San Antonio
    Dr. Hopethe Hubbard is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at UT Health Science Center San Antonio. She received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine, 2004, completed her Internal Medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 2007, her Hepatology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 2008, and went on to complete her Gastroenterology fellowship at Ohio State University in 2011.
    • Family Medicine
    • Primary Care Provider at San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Tom Waddell Urban Health Clinic
    Dr. Kelly Eagen is a Family Medicine board-certified physician also credentialed in HIV Medicine living and working in San Francisco, California. She attended Duke University earning a BS in Mathematics and completed medical school at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed residency at the University of California San Francisco Family and Community Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Eagen is a primary care provider at the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Tom Waddell Urban Health Clinic (TWUHC) which provides integrated primary medical and psychiatric care to homeless and marginally housed adults living with high rates of severe and chronic mental illness as well as medical and psychiatric disability. Dr. Eagen’s primary interests include homelessness, HIV and Hepatitis C care, mental illness and substance use. She is a primary care provider and partners with many community agencies such as the city’s Medical Respite, shelters and intensive case management programs to reach the most medically fragile and vulnerable homeless patients. She champions her clinic’s Hepatitis C community-based treatment program realizing that homeless patients carry a large burden of the Hepatitis C epidemic yet have difficulty accessing treatment unless provided in the primary care setting. She also serves as Program Manager for her all Quality Improvement activities at her clinic. Dr. Eagen remains connected to her residency program as a community preceptor for medical students and Family Medicine residents from UCSF. She also attends on the UCSF Family Medicine Inpatient Service at San Francisco General Hospital. She values teaching as a part of her career as a means to recruit and grow the future ranks of primary care providers.
    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    Dr. Swaminathan is an Assistant Professor Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She is the Clinical Research Site leader for the NIH sponsored Clinical Trials Unit and is the principal investigator on multiple HIV treatment and prevention studies (HPTN 076). She has been responsible for the enrolment and management of patients with HIV, HIV-HCV coinfection in various clinical trials and has been one of the key site investigators on the ongoing HIV prevention study HPTN 069 and the previously completed HPTN 064. She has been principal investigator in many studies from Phase 2–4. She has served on the Hepatitis Committee for the ACTG and currently is a member of the Under Represented Populations Committee of the ACTG. She is also the Medical Director of the Infectious Diseases Practice and is the Director of the HIV testing Program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School-University Hospital, Newark, New Jersey. Her primary area of interest is the management of Hepatitis C virus infections particularly among patients with HIV-HCV co-infection.
    • Gastroenterology
    • Internal Medicine
    • Transplant Hepatology
    • Transplant Hepatology
    • Director of Hepatobiliary Cancer at Texas Liver Institute, Department of Hepatology, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
    Dr. Julio Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and the Director of Hepatobiliary Cancer at the Texas Liver Institute. Dr. Gutierrez received his bachelor degree from UC Berkeley and his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at UC San Diego. Prior to joining TLI, Dr. Gutierrez concluded his training in Transplant Hepatology at the University of Miami Miller Transplant Institute. Dr. Gutierrez attends both inpatient and outpatient Transplant Hepatology service at UTHSCSA. He is focused on innovative techniques and therapies for patients with liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). In addition, he teaches health care professionals including medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Gutierrez is well-trained in both clinical and basic science research. He has published extensively in primary biliary cirrhosis, hepatitis C, and alcohol induced liver disease. He is also experienced in “omics” technologies, which was major focus of his work in San Diego. Dr. Gutierrez has been chosen as a National Medical Fellow and National Association of Gastroenterology Fellow. He has been distinguished with the Lieberman-Klein Award, the Louis Seaman Grant in Microbiology by the New York Academy of Science, and the Gelernt Award. His research has been sponsored by the National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is fluent in English and Spanish.
    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    • Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases at The University of California, Los Angeles
    Dr. Debika Bhattacharya is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Bhattacharya received her bachelor and medical degrees from Boston University, through its Seven-Year Accelerated Medical Program. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and her Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Bhattacharya attends on the inpatient infectious diseases services at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center and the West Los Angeles Greater Los Angeles VAMC. She has HIV and viral hepatitis outpatient clinics at the UCLA CARE Center and the West Los Angeles Greater Los Angeles VAMC. Dr. Bhattacharya's research is focused on HIV and viral hepatitis coinfection, including clinical trials of HCV in HIV coinfection and translational research in HIV/HBV coinfection and perinatal HBV infection in the context of HIV infection. Her work is funded through the NIH.
    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    • Assistant Clinical Professor at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Dr. Chew is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University through the Program in Liberal Medical Education. She completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and fellowship in infectious diseases at UCLA, receiving a Master of Science in Clinical Research through the UCLA Department of Biomathematics and Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program. She is a clinical and translational investigator with a focus on studies to improve the treatment and outcomes of those with hepatitis C and HIV/hepatitis C co-infection, and an HIV and hepatitis C clinician.
    • Infectious Disease
    • Program Director, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Internal Medicine Residency Program; Assistant Director, Division of Infectious Diseases at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
    John Cmar, MD FACP FIDSA is the Director of Infectious Diseases at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and an Instructor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He went to medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He completed his Infectious Diseases fellowship at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and his particular areas of interest include HIV infection, antibiotic stewardship, and infection prevention and control.
    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    • Chief and Program Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at St. John Hospital and Medical Center
    Dr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and completed his medical degree at Michigan State University School of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. He trained in Internal Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital and was awarded the Walter J. Zimmerman Award for Outstanding Senior Resident. After residency, he trained in Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. Upon completion of his training, he joined the faculty at St. John Hospital and Medical Center where he is now presently the Chief and Program Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Vice Chair for the Department of Internal Medicine and President of the Medical Staff. In addition, he is also a Professor (full-time affiliate) in the Department of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University. While at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, he has helped bring federal funding for HIV care to the St. John Health System through the Ryan White CARE Act. For these efforts, he has been recognized with a St. John Health System 2002 Opus Award. He has twice received a teaching award by the Wayne State University Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Johnson is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and Infectious Diseases Society of America. He has served on the Program Director Committee for the Infectious Diseases Society of America and as an item-writer for the Infectious Diseases in-service examination. He has extensive clinical trial experience and has co-authored over 75 publications and 90 abstracts at local and national meetings.
    • Gastroenterology
    • Internal Medicine
    • Transplant Hepatology
    • Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery at Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Josh Levitsky, MD, MS is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery in the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Levitsky received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and then went on to receive his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He then pursued his Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He then completed a two-year Transplant Hepatology fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and received the AASLD/Schering Hepatology Fellowship Award. Finally, he received a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation while a faculty member at Northwestern. Dr. Levitsky is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology. He is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Transplantation, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, and International Liver Transplantation Society. He is currently the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Director at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Director of Liver Transplant Research. Dr. Levitsky has published numerous peer-reviewed journal entries, abstracts, book chapters and reviews on topics in gastroenterology, hepatology, and liver transplantation and is on the editorial boards of Liver Transplantation and the American Journal of Transplantation. He is the principal and co-investigator for a number of NIH, pharmaceutical and investigator-initiated trials. He has given several guest lectures, research presentations, and industry presentations over the years and has served on various advisory boards relevant to liver disease and transplantation.
    • Gastroenterology
    • Internal Medicine
    • Transplant Hepatology
    Chief Hepatologist at Baylor Scott & White, TempleTX
    Chief Hepatologist at Baylor Scott & White, TempleTX
    • Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Scott and White Memorial Hospital
    Clinical hepatologist and Gastroenterolgy Program Director.
    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    Emily J. Cartwright, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and a Staff Physician at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at Emory University. She was an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her clinical and research interests focus on the treatment and prevention of chronic hepatitis C infection including in HIV positive persons. In her research, she seeks to utilize innovation in health care delivery systems to improve screening, management, and cure of patients with chronic hepatitis C and measure the long term impact of chronic hepatitis C infection on health outcomes.