Program Details

General Details

Thursday, December 3, 2020
6:30-8:30 PM EST



This program will be held in a virtual format. Please join us in the link provided below on Thursday, December 3 at 6:30PM EST.



A 45-year-old male with a history of alcohol-related cirrhosis is found to have an acute portal vein thrombosis with new-onset ascites. A transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is recommended versus medical management.

Pro Team: Cleveland Clinic Florida
Con Team: Emory Healthcare


The new liver allocation system has decreased health disparities (agree vs. disagree).

Pro Team (agree position): University of Florida – Gainesville
Con Team (disagree position): Medical University of South Carolina


 A 52-year-old male with a history of stage 4 chronic kidney disease (not on hemodialysis) with cirrhosis presents to your clinic. He is found on endoscopy to have large esophageal varices and mild hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Treatment for hepatitis C (HCV) should begin immediately.  

Pro Team: Mayo Clinic – Jacksonville
Con Team: University of Florida – Jacksonville



Dr. Miguel Malespin

Miguel Malespin, MD

Miguel H. Malespin, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology. He earned his medical degree at Ponce Health Sciences University. Dr. Malespin continued his training with a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Illinois, followed by a fellowship in transplant hepatology at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Malespin has multiple publications and presentations in academic settings on a variety of liver disease topics. His areas of interest include non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, viral hepatitis, and health disparities. He is an active member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, and the American Gastroenterology Association. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Dr. Andreas Zori

Andreas Zori, MD

Dr. Andreas Zori is an assistant professor in the UF Department of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition.


  • Fellowship – Transplant Hepatology,University of Florida, 2017-2018
  • Fellowship – Gastroenterology, University of Florida, 2015-2018
  • Chief Resident, University of Florida, 2014-2015
  • Residency – University of Florida, Internal Medicine, 2011-2014
  • Medical School, Albany Medical College, 2007-2011

Board Certification

  • Gastroenterology – American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine



Fernando Castro, MD

Andrew P. Keaveny, MD

Ayman Koteish, MD

Rashid Syed, MD

Emmanuel Thomas, MD

Cleveland Clinic Florida


Kawtar Al Khalloufi, MD

Associate Staff : Transplant Hepatologist , Cleveland Clinic Florida  8/14/2017 – Present
Clinical assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University: 2018 –  present
Member of the National Liver Review Board :2017 – present


Fellowship Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 07/01/2016 – 06/30/2017

Gastroenterology fellowship
Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC 07/2013 – 06/30/2016

Hepatology fellowship
Florida Hospital Orlando, FL 07/2012 – 06/2013

Residency Internal Medicine
Chief Resident at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC, 07/ 2011 -06/2012

Internal Medicine, Residency
Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC, 06/2008-06/2011

Medical School Universite Hassan II,
Casablanca, Morocco, 10/1997 – 02/2005

Nikhil Kapila, MD


Adalberto Gonzalez, MD

Medical Education

  • 2009-2015 Doctor of Medicine, Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE).  Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic.

Postgraduate Training

  • 2016-2019 Internal Medicine Residency, Cleveland Clinic Florida
  • 2019-Present Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Florida

Badar Hasan, MD


  • Cleveland Clinic Florida – Gastroenterology/Hepatology Fellow    
  • University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC)- Internal Medicine residency
  • King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery                                         

Other Awards/Accomplishments:

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) University of Missouri at Kansas City, Resident Chapter.
  • Outstanding Internal Medicine Resident Award – University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC)
  • President Medal for the Best all Round Graduate.
  • American College of Gastroenterology (ACG 2018) Governor’s Award for excellence in Clinical Research.
Emory University


Mary Flynn, MD

Academic Appointments:
Primary Appointments:
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Emory
University School of Medicine, August 2018 – present

Other Appointments:
Emory Transplant Center – Director of Quality, General and Transplant
Hepatology, Emory University, 2020 – present


Victoria Earl, MD


  • 2009-2013 B.A., University of California, Berkeley
    Major in Integrative Biology, Minor in Dance
  • 2014-2018 M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine


  • 2018-2019 Internal Medicine Internship, Emory University School of Medicine
  • 2019-2021 Internal Medicine Residency, Emory University School of Medicine


  • 2017 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • 2018 Order of the Gold Tipped Stethoscope Award for Outstanding Performance
    in Clinical Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine

Raha Sadjadi, MD

  • 2008 – 2012 BA, University of California Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology, Berkeley, CA
  • 2015 – 2019 MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA


  • 2019 – 2022 J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency, Emory University School of Medicine,
    Atlanta, GA


  • 2019 – 2022 American College of Physicians – Resident Member


  • Aug 2012 – May 2015 Staff Research Associate, Ferriero Lab, University of California San Francisco
    (UCSF), San Francisco, CA
  • Mar 2013 – May 2015 Staff Research Associate, Noble Lab, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville


Raj Satyanarayana, MD
Surakit Pungpapong, MD


Daniela Fluxa-Cardenas, MD


  • 03/2009 – 12/2015, Medical School, Universidad los Andes. Santiago de Chile.
  • 6/24/2017-6/30/2020, Internal Medicine Residency, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  •  7/1/20, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellow, PGY-4, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA

MEDICAL LICENSURE – Santiago, Chile.


  • Honor Diploma (2011)
  • Honor Scholarship (2013)
  • Intern of the month (June/2018)
  • ACC Resident of the year (2020)


Himesh Zaver, MD

• Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education 2019-Internal Medicine, PGY-II
• East Tennessee State University- Quillen College of Medicine 2015-2019 -Medical Doctorate, May 2019
• Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 2019 -Clinical Elective, August, 2019 -Medical Intensive Care Unit
• Emory School of Medicine 2019 -Clinical Elective, October, 2019 -Gastroenterology & Hepatology
• Belmont University, Nashville, TN 2011-2015 B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cum Laude
Research Thesis: “Bacterial Fight Club: Do QseBC-PmrAB-T6SS Cross-Interactions Benefit Bacterial Fitness?”

• American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting & Postgraduate Course 2020- Presidential Poster Award

• American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting & Postgraduate Course 2020-ACG Outstanding Poster Presenter

• American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) DDW Video Plenary and World Cup Committee -Honorable Mention

• Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee

• Appalachian Student Research Forum- 2nd Place, Doctoral Biomedical Sciences, Oral Presentation

• Outstanding Student in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology- 2015

• Belmont University Athletics- Academic Achievement Award- 2015

• Tennessee Academy of Sciences 124th Annual Meeting, Microbiology Section- 1st Place Bacterial Fight Club

• Horizon League Academic Honor Role- 2014-2015

• Ingram Diversity Leadership Scholar- 2011-2015

Medical University of South Carolina
Mentors Don Rockey, MD
Ira R. Willner, MD
Fellows Sebastian Larion, MD

Margaret Morrison, MD


  • Fellowship: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC July 2020-Present
  • Residency: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC June 2018-Present
  • Internship: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC June 2018
  • University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medicine, Rockford Illinois
    M.D. Degree May 2017
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison Wisconsin
    Bachelor of Science-with Honors May 2012
University of Florida – Gainesville
Mentor Roniel Cabrera, MD, MS
Fellows Media Ismael, MD

Wei Zhang, MD, PhD


  • 07/2005 – 07/2010 Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China
    Ph.D. in Liver Surgery and liver transplantation
  • 09/2000 – 07/2005 Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China
    M.D., Clinical Medicine

Clinical Training:

  • 07/2018 – current Gastroenterology Fellowm Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • 07/2015 – 06/2018 Internal Medicine Resident, Department of Medicine
    Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
    Mentors: Drs. Bruce Bacon and Adrian Di Bisceglie
  • 09/2005 – 07/2010 Liver Surgery Resident, Department of Liver Surgery
    The First Affiliated Hospital
    Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China
    Mentor: Dr. Xuehao Wang (Member of Chinese Academy of Science)
University of Florida – Jacksonville


Neha Agrawal, MD


Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Temple University Health System

Internal Medicine Residency
John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County
July 2009 to June 2012
Chicago, Illinois

Chief Resident, Internal Medicine Residency Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois
July 2012- June 2013

Clinical Associate/ Attending Physician
July 2013- June 2017
Department of Hospital Medicine/ Internal Medicine Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH

Hepatology Fellowship
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
July 2017- June 2018
Temple University Health System

Assistant Professor of Medicine
July 2018-June 2019
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Nov 4th 2019 to present
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology University of Florida, College of Medicine, Jacksonville


  • National AIDS Control Organization CME June, 2007
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention & Treatment Awareness
  • The New York Course April, 2008
  • HIV Management– Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  • Fellow Observer
  • Arthur Ashe Endowment for Defeat of AIDS, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
Peter Ghalo, MD
Fellows Kerolos Abadeer
Bakht Cheema