Program Details

General Details

Thursday, December 10, 2020
6:00 – 8:00PM EST

 

Location

Virtual Event

A link will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the program. 

 

Course Director & Event Moderators

Course Director

Kimberly A Brown, MD, FAST, FAASLD
Henry Ford Health System

Event Moderator

Reena Salgia, MD
Henry Ford Health System

Event Moderator

Hari Conjeevaram, MD
University of Michigan

Topics

DEBATE: VIRAL HEPATITIS

Direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy for active drug users.

PRO: Ascension Providence Hospital
Mentor: Marc Piper, MD
Fellows: Fadi Alali, MD & Areej Mazhar, DO

CON: Henry Ford Health System
Mentor: Stuart Gordon, MD
Fellows: Ahmed Elbanna, MD & Vivek Mendiratta, MD

Faculty Panel Q&A: University of Michigan
Mentors: Hari Conjeeveram, MD & Pratima Sharma, MD
Fellows: Dempsey Hughes, MD & Abhishek Satishchandran, MD, PhD

Teams

Ascension Providence Hospital

Mentor: Marc Piper, MD
Fellows: Fadi Alali, MD & Areej Mazhar, DO

Henry Ford Health System

Mentor: Stuart Gordon, MD & Reena Salgia, MD
Fellows: Ahmed Elbanna, MD & Vivek Mendiratta, MD

Faculty Panel

University of Michigan

Mentors: Hari Conjeeveram, MD & Pratima Sharma, MD
Fellows: Dempsey Hughes, MD & Abhishek Satishchandran, MD, PhD

Participants

Event Moderators

Reena Salgia, MD

Dr. Reena Salgia is a transplant hepatologist at Henry Ford Hospital where she has been practicing since 2013 after completion of her Internal Medicine residency and Chief Residency, Gastroenterology Fellowship and Transplant Hepatology training at the University of Michigan. Her clinical and research focus is in the area of hepatocellular carcinoma. She is currently the Medical Director of the Liver Cancer Clinic at Henry Ford and co-directs the Liver Tumor Board. One of the roles she is most passionate about is that of being Program Director for the Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program. She most enjoys working with the fellows, and seeing their success as they pursue their careers.

On a personal level, Reena enjoys spending time with her family including her 2 lovely daughters and her dog, as well as her friends. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking, running, hiking and travel, and volunteering with animal adoption/rescue and in her kid’s schools.

 

Hari Conjeevaram, MD

Dr. Hari Conjeevaram is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. In addition to patient care, he has also been actively involved in medical research and in education (both in the US and globally including India and Ethiopia). He has won numerous awards for his teaching for his community service activities, some of which include University of Michigan “Dean’s Award for Community Service”, “Shining Hero Award”, and the “Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award”. In 2017, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Education” from the American Gastroenterological Association for his achievements as an outstanding educator over a lifelong career. Most recently, he was the recipient of the 2019 American College of Physicians (ACP)-Michigan Chapter ‘’Volunteerism and Community Service Award”.

Ascension Providence Hospital

 

Mentor

Marc Piper, MD

Marc Piper, MD graduated from the University of Michigan and earned his medical degree at Wayne State University. Thereafter, he completed his residency and chief residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Piper completed his gastroenterology training at the University of Michigan where he also obtained a master’s in clinical science (health and healthcare research) through the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP).

Dr. Piper is currently with Digestive Health Associates and work closely with the Providence Gastroenterology Fellowship through Michigan State University. He is director of the fellow clinic and curriculum.

He considers his greatest job is being a husband and father to three small boys (ages 6, 3 and 6 months). His most difficult job is being a passionate Detroit sports fan.

Fellows

 

Fadi Alali, MD

Fadi Alali, MD graduated form the University of Aleppo in Syria, his role model was my father who was a smart and hard working gastroenterologist. After finishing his residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, he worked as a hospitalist and then completed one year of clinical hepatology research at Rutgers University. Dr. Alali received his Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 2019 then joined the gastroenterology fellowship program at Ascension Providence Hospital. His goal is to join a clinical practice after graduation and serve the community at his best capability. He currently lives in the beautiful city of Ann Arbor with his lovely wife who is a physician and two sweet daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys playing volleyball and he is also a soccer fan (Go Barcelona!).

Areej Mazhar, DO

Areej Mazhar, DO attended Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine/Midwestern University. After completing 3 years of internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Dr. Mazhar also served as chief resident. Dr. Mazhar worked as a hospitalist/nocturnist at Henry Ford Detroit and West Bloomfield hospitals. Thereafter, completed a transplant hepatology fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center-Atrium Health under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Russo. Dr. Mazhar is now a first year Gastroenterology fellow at Ascension Providence-MSUCHM.
Dr. Mazhar plans to ultimately become a transplant hepatologist.  In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, biking, hiking, traveling, photography and reading for pleasure. She is also an NBA and FIFA fan.

Henry Ford Health System

Course Director

Kimberly A Brown, MD, FAST, FAASLD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Dr. Kimberly A. Brown is the Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She joined the Henry Ford Medical Group in 1995 as medical director of the liver transplant program and was appointed Chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology in 2003. In addition, she served as the program director for the GI fellowship program from 2003 to 2008.

Dr. Brown received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1981. She completed her medical degree at Wayne State University in 1985. Dr. Brown completed both her residency in internal medicine as well as her fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Michigan in 1992 and was named chief medical resident in 1984-85.

Dr. Brown is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the American College of Gastroenterology, The European Association for the Study of Liver Disease, and the American Society of Transplantation. She served on the Board of Governors of the Henry Ford Medical Group for 9 years, the Henry Ford Hospital and System Network Board for 3 years, and was past co-chair of the Michigan Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. She has served as the treasurer of the Board of the American Society of Transplantation and is involved with several committees for both the society and hospital. She is a past member of the UNOS Liver and Intestines Committee and the Executive Board for the Liver and Intestines Community of Practice for the AST. Dr. Brown is currently serving as secretary to AASLD.

As Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and past medical director of liver transplantation, Dr. Brown sees and manages patients with complex liver disease both before and after liver transplantation. In conjunction with Dr. Abouljoud, she worked to develop the leading liver transplant program in the State of Michigan. As fellowship director, she managed a fellowship program of 12 GI/liver fellows and continues to be involved in structuring and monitoring their education and academic success. She has published over 70 articles, 80 abstracts and 8 book chapters/reviews and is a very active clinical investigator in viral hepatitis, advanced liver disease and post liver transplant management. She is also a past award winner of the Castle Connelly National Top Doc Award for Clinical Excellence and Henry Ford Medical Group Fred Whitehouse Award for Clinical Excellence. She is also the Associate Director of the HFH Transplant Institute.

Mentor Stuart Gordon, MD

Reena Salgia, MD

Dr. Reena Salgia is a transplant hepatologist at Henry Ford Hospital where she has been practicing since 2013 after completion of her Internal Medicine residency and Chief Residency, Gastroenterology Fellowship and Transplant Hepatology training at the University of Michigan. Her clinical and research focus is in the area of hepatocellular carcinoma. She is currently the Medical Director of the Liver Cancer Clinic at Henry Ford and co-directs the Liver Tumor Board. One of the roles she is most passionate about is that of being Program Director for the Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program. She most enjoys working with the fellows, and seeing their success as they pursue their careers.

On a personal level, Dr. Salgia enjoys spending time with her family including her 2 lovely daughters and her dog, as well as her friends. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking, running, hiking and travel, and volunteering with animal adoption/rescue and in her kid’s schools.

Fellows

Ahmed Elbanna, DO

Ahmed Elbanna, DO is currently a 1st year fellow at Henry Ford. He completed medical school at MSU COM and then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Henry Ford and stayed on for a year as a chief resident. His clinical and research interests are in the fields of IBD and general gastroenterology. Dr. Elbanna loves to spend time with his wonderful wife and their Jack Russell Terrier. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, traveling, as well as playing and watching soccer

Vivek Mendiratta, MD

Dr. Vivek Mendiratta is a gastroenterology resident at Henry Ford Hospital. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and then went on to pursue medicine at Wayne State University. From there, he completed his internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His ultimate goal is to become a transplant hepatologist with plans to begin his transplant training this upcoming July.
In his free time, Dr. Mendiratta enjoys spending time with his wife, one-year old son, and two small dogs. His hobbies include basketball, football, hiking, and traveling.

University of Michigan

Mentor

Hari Conjeevaram, MD

Dr. Hari Conjeevaram is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. In addition to patient care, he has also been actively involved in medical research and in education (both in the US and globally including India and Ethiopia). He has won numerous awards for his teaching for his community service activities, some of which include University of Michigan “Dean’s Award for Community Service”, “Shining Hero Award”, and the “Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award”. In 2017, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Education” from the American Gastroenterological Association for his achievements as an outstanding educator over a lifelong career. Most recently, he was the recipient of the 2019 American College of Physicians (ACP)-Michigan Chapter ‘’Volunteerism and Community Service Award”.

Pratima Sharma, MD

Dr. Pratima Sharma, an Associate Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, is a gastroenterologist and a transplant hepatologist. She received her medical degree from the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India in 1992. She also received Masters degree in Clinical Research from University of Michigan School of Public health, Ann Arbor, MI in 2007. Dr. Sharma completed her advanced hepatology and liver transplantation fellowship from Mayo Clinic, Arizona in 2003 and Gastroenterology fellowship from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 2008. She is a core faculty for GI fellows and advance hepatology fellows and actively involved in their education and career development. She is board certified in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology.

Her clinical interests include Complications of cirrhosis viral hepatitis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma, acute and chronic liver diseases, and liver transplantation. Her research interests include outcomes of liver transplantation, recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma, cirrhosis care and kidney dysfunction before and after liver transplantation. Dr. Sharma is a health services and translational researcher. She has over 70 publications and many of her papers have provided evidence for changes in liver allocation policy. Dr. Sharma is actively involved in many liver related research endeavors and clinical trials.

Fellows Dempsey Hughes, MD
Abhishek Satishchandran, MD, PhD

Event Schedule

10/15/2020 – 12/09/2020

Online Registration Ends at 12PM 

12/10/2020

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Event Starts – Ends