Program Details

General Details

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
6:00-8:00 PM ET


Virtual Program – Participants will receive program link upon registration. 


Debate #1

 University of Florida, Gainesville – PRO

Mayo Clinic – CON

 A 65-year-old man with HCV (s/p SVR) cirrhosis complicated by ascites requiring paracentesis every 2-3 weeks and hepatic encephalopathy required hospitalization 3 times in the past 6 months, despite compliance with lactulose and rifaximin. His MELD score has been stable at 17, with a mean MELD at transplant at his listing hospital of 25. He is negative for Hepatitis Bs Ag, Hepatitis Bs Ab and Hepatitis Bc Ab. He should be listed for HBV DNA/Ag positive donors.

Debate #2 

University of Florida, Jacksonville – PRO

University of Miami – CON

A 70-year-old man with alcoholic cirrhosis and portal hypertension with a MELD score of 15 and nonbleeding grade 1 esophageal varices but without ascites develops an obstructing sigmoid colon adenocarcinoma. He should undergo transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) prior to undergoing a colectomy.

Debates #3 

Emory University – PRO

Duke University – CON

A 26-year-old woman with a history of congenital heart disease s/p Fontan procedure as a child presents with failing Fontan physiology and is considered an acceptable candidate for heart transplantation. Imaging shows nodular liver but no signs of portal hypertension. Biopsy shows stage 4 fibrosis. She should be listed for a combined heart/liver transplantation.

Debates #4 

Medical University of South Carolina – PRO

Cleveland Clinic Florida – CON

The best treatment for a 55-year-old woman with decompensated cirrhosis due to HCV with portal hypertension (MELD score 25) and an enlarging 2.5 cm cholangiocarcinoma in the left lobe of the liver is liver transplantation.



Raj Satyanarayana, MD

Andreas Zori, MD

Dr. Andreas Zori is an assistant professor in the UF Department of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition. He is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He completed medical school at Albany Medical College, his residency at University of Florida and his fellowship in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology at University of Florida.


Joydeep Chakraborty, MD

Ayman Koteish, MD

Ayman Koteish, MD, joined the AdventHealth Transplant Institute, formerly Florida Hospital Transplant Institute, in the summer of 2014 as the director of Hepatology and the medical director of Liver Transplant Services. He most recently served as an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, was the director of the Liver Transplant Fellowship Program and the medical director of Live Donor Liver Transplantation. He has extensive research and publication experience in liver disease.

Dr. Koteish received his bachelor’s degree in Biology as well as his medical degree from the American University of Beirut. He completed both a gastroenterology fellowship and a transplant hepatology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Most recently, he also completed a Masters of Education in Health Professions through the John Hopkins University School of Education.

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.

Giuseppe Morelli, MD
Tushar Patel, MD

Giorgio Roccaro, MD, MSCE

Dr. Roccaro joined the Emory Transplant Center in 2018, and serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, Medical Director of the Liver Cancer Clinic and as Medical Director of Living Donor Liver Transplantation. Dr. Roccaro completed his medical degree at the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, and then completed his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Subsequently, he completed clinical fellowships in Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology at the University of Pennsylvania, while also obtaining a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology.


Cleveland Clinic Florida


Nikhal Kapila, MD


Mamoon Rashid, MD


Mohammad Alomari, MD



Duke University

Lindsay King, MD



Stephanie Garbarino, MD


Jackie Henson, MD


Emory University

Mary Flynn, MD


Mechu Mey Narayanan, MD


Michael Andrew Yu, MD



Mayo Clinic


Surakit Pungpapong, MD, FAASLD


Nicole Loo, MD


Dr. Nicole Loo is a transplant hepatologist who recently joined Mayo Clinic from Texas Liver Institute/UT Health Science Center in San Antonio where she was PI on several NASH clinical trials. She trained at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) for internal medicine residency and transplant hepatology fellowship. She completed her gastroenterology fellowship on a hepatology investigator track at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  Her areas of interest include portal hypertension, hepatocellular carcinoma, hepatitis B, and NASH. She is excited to be here in Florida with her family (including two boys – one named O-Liver – named after the liver)! 


Haily Vora, MD


Pedro Palacios Argueta, MD



Medical University of South Carolina


Ira Willner, MD


John Romano, MD
Shaurya Prakash, MD


University of Florida - Gainesville

Roniel Cabrera, MD, MS


Media Ismael, MD


Calvin Kiani, MD


University of Florida - Jacksonville

Neha Agrawal, MD


Peter Ghali, MD


Gregory Churchill, MD


Sonal Jadeja, MD


University of Miami

Eric F. Martin, MD


Jordan Goldstein, MD


Mahmoud Mahfouz, MD