Program Details

General Details

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Washington, D.C.


Virtual Event

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




A patient with type 2 diabetes and advanced NASH fibrosis with BMI > 35 should undergo treatment with bariatric surgery as a primary treatment for NASH.  

PRO: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

CON: University of Virginia


Should HCV+ donor organs routinely be considered for HCV- transplant candidates?  

PRO: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

CON: University of Maryland


Should patients with immune tolerant Hepatitis B be treated with antivirals?  

PRO: National Institutes of Health

CON: Johns Hopkins University



  1. Johns Hopkins University
  2. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  3. National Institutes of Health
  4. University of Maryland
  5. University of Virginia
  6. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center 


Event Moderator

Donald Jensen, MD, FACP, FAASLD

Donald Jensen, MD, FACP, FAASLD

Dr. Donald M. Jensen is a Professor of Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Jensen received his undergraduate (B.S.) and medical (M.D.) degrees from the  University of Illinois. He completed a medicine residency at Rush Medical Center in  Chicago where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. After completing a gastroenterology fellowship at Rush, Dr. Jensen traveled to King’s College Hospital in London, U.K., for a liver research fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Williams. He returned to Rush as a faculty member in the Section of Hepatology, and in 1992 he became the Director of the section and the Richard B. Capps Professor of Hepatology. In 2005, Dr. Jensen accepted a position at the University of Chicago as Director of the Center for Liver Disease until his temporary retirement in December 2014. In 2016, he returned to academic medicine with an appointment at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Jensen’s research interest has focused on newer therapies for hepatitis C and access to care. He has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles, invited reviews and editorials, as well as 23 book chapters, and three books. He was a founding member and co-chair of the important AASLD/IDSA Practice Guidelines for hepatitis C. He holds a U.S. and European patent. He has been an Associate Editor for the journal HEPATOLOGY and editorial board member of other publications. He was recently Treasurer and Governing Board member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). He was Vice Chair of Tomorrow’s Cure campaign for the AASLD Foundation. He is a steering committee member of the Alliance for Patient Access (AfPA) advocating for hepatitis C therapy for the underserved.

Dr. Jensen has received numerous teaching awards, including Teacher of Year on 3 occasions at both Rush and the University of Chicago; and Physician of the Year award on two occasions from the American Liver Foundation; and Teacher of the Year from the Gastroenterology fellows in 2013, Mentor of the Year in 2014 and Hepatology Faculty Teaching Award in 2019. He has been a Top Doc in the Chicago Magazine for many years and was featured in 2008. He will be receiving the AASLD’s Distinguished Service Award in November 2020.

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


  • Tinsay A. Woreta, MD


  • Ahyoung Kim, MD
  • Abdul Oseini, MD
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital


  • Arul Thomas, MD 


  • Tilak Baba, MD
  • Ghassan Alzayer, MD
National Institutes of Health


       Theo Heller, MDTheo Heller, MD

Section Chief: Translation Hepatology Section, Liver Diseases Branch
Senior Investigatory LDB
Hepatology Fellowship, LDB, NIDDK, NIH, 2003
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship, University of Maryland Medical Systems, 2000
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hepatitis Viruses Section, NIAID, 1997
Internal Medicine Residency, Georgetown University Hospital, 1993
M.D., University of the Witwatersrand, 1989
B.S., University of Cape Town, 1983


       David Yardeni, MDDavid Yardeni, MD

Clinical Fellow, Liver Diseases Branch, NIDDK, NIH
Medial School: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Shea, Israel 2011.
Completed Internal Medicine residency at Soroka University Medical Center, Beer Sheva Israel, 2015.
Gastroentrology and Liver disease Fellowship :Soroka University Medical Center, Beer Sheva Israel, in 2018.

Julian Hercun, MD        Julian Hercun, MD

Clinical Fellow, Liver Diseases Branch, NIDDK, NIH
Medial School : Universite de Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2013.
Internal Medicine residency:  Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal, Canada, 2016
Gastroenterology fellowship : Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal, Canada, 2018

University of Maryland


Kirti Shetty       Kirti Shetty, MD

Dr. Kirti Shetty is a  Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She serves as Director of Hepatology, Medical Director of Liver Transplantation and Director of the Transplant Hepatology fellowship. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking in Baltimore’s Outer Harbor, and cooking for friends and family.


Elizabeth S       Elizabeth Stonesifer, MD

Elizabeth Stonesifer is a third-year transplant hepatology fellow at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she also completed internal medicine residency. She attended medical school at the Penn State College of Medicine.



Bilal Asif       Bilal Asif, MD

Bilal Asif is a second year gastroenterology fellow in the University of Maryland/National Institutes of Health Clinical Scholars Program. He attended medical school at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. His research interests include outcomes in liver transplant, drug induced liver injury, and viral hepatitis

University of Virginia


Curtis Argo, MD, MS       Curtis K. Argo, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Program Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
Medical Director, Living Donor Liver Transplantation Program

Dr. Argo is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. He attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN, for his undergraduate studies, and then attended the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA, for medical school. He completed internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and completed his GI/Hepatology fellowship at the University of Virginia.  He joined the hepatology faculty at UVA in 2007.  Dr. Argo’s research and clinical interests include liver graft organ allocation principles and assessing the impact of lifestyle modifications, medications, and multidisciplinary care in NAFLD/NASH.   Dr. Argo is a past awardee of the American College of Gastroenterology Junior Faculty Development Award (2010-2015).


Lauren Evers-Carlini       Lauren Carlini, MD

Lauren Carlini was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. She attended Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, followed by medical school at the University of Virginia. After finishing her internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt, she came back to UVA for her Gastroenterology/Hepatology fellowship, where she is currently in her second year. Dr. Carlini plans to complete her transplant hepatology fellowship year at UVA also following her general GI/hepatology fellowship.

Jennfier Miller        Jennifer B. Miller, MD, MS

Medical School: Louisiana State University, New Orleans
Residency: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Fellowship: University of Virginia

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center


  • Dawn M Torres, MD


       Sarah Ordway, MD

Dr. Sarah Ordway is the Chief fellow for the National Capital Consortium Gastroenterology Fellowship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in Chemistry from the United States Military Academy at West Point and went on to get her Medical degree from University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. She completed Internal Medicine Residency at Walter Reed where she was also Chief of Medical Residents. She was a winner in the 2018 Liver Debates, has 10 peer reviewed publications, serves as a reviewer for ACG Case Reports and loves running and biking outside.


       Christina Steinhauser, DO

Dr. Christina Steinhauser is a Senior Gastroenterology fellow for the National Capital Consortium Gastroenterology Fellowship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She graduated in 2009 from Saint Vincent College with a degree in Biology and a minor in Spanish. She subsequently obtained her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Wright State University. She was the Deputy Medical Director for IM and subsequently the Element leader for IM at Malcom Grow Medical center prior to GI fellowship. She was awarded outstanding poster presentation at the 2019 ACG meeting and is an avid power lifter.

Event Schedule

8/11/2020 – 9/25/2020

Online Registration


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Event Starts – Ends