Physician’s Profile

Elizabeth C. Verna, MD

Affiliations: 
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
Board Certificates: 
Gastroenterology
Transplant Hepatology
Internal Medicine
Expertise: 
Cancer Care
End Stage Liver Disease
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Viral Hepatitis
Hepatitis C
Liver Cancer
Liver Disease
Grants: 

2011-2013 National Institutes of Health K12 Career Development Award, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2011-2013 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Sheila Sherlock Clinical and Translational Research Award, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2010-2011 American College of Gastroenterology Clinical Research Award

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2010-2011 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Advanced/Transplant Hepatology

Fellowship Award, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2010-2011 Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy Award (Co-Investigator) for "Women in 3D" and alcohol awareness initiative targeting young women, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2009-2010 National Institutes of Health T32 Training Grant

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2008-2010 Patient Oriented Research Scholarship for a Masters in Biostatistics

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

About: 

Dr. Elizabeth C. Verna manages patients with a variety of liver diseases. Her clinical interests focus on viral hepatitis and liver transplantation as well as the new emerging therapies for hepatitis C, liver cancer, alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and metabolic liver diseases. She also has expertise in the management of end stage liver disease and its complications.

Publications: 
Verna EC, Ferrand E, Pichardo EM, Balducci A, Emond JC, Guarrera J, Brown RS. “Basiliximab
Induction and Delayed Calcineurin Inhibitor Initiation in Liver Transplant Recipients with Renal
Failure.” Transplantation, In press.
Lai JC, Verna EC, Brown RS, O-Leary J, Trotter J, Forman LM, Dunman J, Foster RG, Stravitz RT,
Terrault NA. “Hepatitis C Virus Infected Females are at a Higher Risk of Advanced Firbosis and
Graft Loss after Liver Transplantation: From the CRUSH-C Consortium.” Hepatology, In press.
Chang MS, Shah JP, Amin S, Gonzalez, S, Prowda JC, Cheng JM, Verna EC, Rockey DC, Frucht H.
“Physician Knowledge and Appropriate Utilization of Computer Tomographic Colonography in
Colorectal Cancer Screening.” Abdomin Imaging, In press.
Rossi ED, Larghi A, Verna EC, Martini M, Galasso D, Carnuccio A, Larocca LM, Costamagna G, Fadda G.”
Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration with liquid-based cytologic preparation in the
diagnosis of primary pancreatic lymphoma.” Pancreas, 2010 Nov;39(8):1299-302.
Verna EC, Stevens PD, Hwang C, Stavropoulos S, Sy C, Fine R, Chabot JA, Frucht H. “Pancreatic
Cancer Screening in a Prospective Cohort of High Risk Patients: A Comprehensive Strategy of
Genetics and Imaging.” Clinical Cancer Res 2010, 15;16(20):5028-37.
Verna EC, De Martin E, Gaglio PJ, Burra P, Emond JC, Brown RS. “The Impact of Hepatitis C and
Biliary Complications on Patient and Graft Survival Following Liver Transplantation.” Am J
Transplant May 2009;9(6):1398-405.Elizabeth Verna - Curriculum Vitae 3
Verna EC, Hunt KH, Rudow DL, Hafliger A, Dove LM, Kinkhabwala M, Emond JC, Brown RS.
“Predictors of Candidate Maturation Among Potential Living Donors.” Am J Transplant. 2005
Oct; 5: 2549-54.
Stavropoulos SN, Larghi A, Verna EC, Battezzati PM, Stevens PD. “Intraductal Ultrasound for the
Evaluation of Patients with Biliary Strictures and No Abdominal Mass on Computed
Tomography.” Endoscopy 2005 Aug;37(8):715-21.
Stavropoulos SN, Larghi A, Verna EC, Stevens PD. “Therapeutic ERCP Without Fluoroscopy in
Critically Ill Patients Using Wire-Guided Intraductal Ultrasound.” Endoscopy 2005
Apr;37(4):389-92.
Larghi A, Verna EC, Stavropoulos SN, Rotterdam H, Lightdale CJ, Stevens PD. “EUS-Guided
Trucut Needle Biopsies in Patients With Solid Pancreatic Masses: a Prospective Study.”
Gastrointest Endosc 2004 Feb;59(2):185-90.
Verna EC, Brown RS “The Use of HCV Positive Organs in Patients With and Without HCV”, Edited by
Shiffman M, “Chronic Heptitis C Virus: Lessons from the Past, Promises for the Future,” Springer
Publishing, In Press.
Verna EC “Hepatitis C Virus”, Edited by Brown RS, “Common Liver Diseases and Transplantation: An
Algorithmic Approach to Work-up and Management”, Slack Inc., In Press.
Oliver J, Verna EC. “Afferent Mechanisms of Sodium Retention in Cirrhosis and Hepatorenal
Syndrome.” Kidney International, 2010;77(8):669-80.
Verna EC, Brown RS. “Hepatitis C and Liver Transplantation.” www.uptodate.com.
Verna EC, Lucak S. “Use of Probiotics in Gastrointestinal Disorders: What to Recommend.”
Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, 2010; 3: 307-319.
Verna EC, Brown RS. “HCV and HIV Coinfection Emerging as an Important Clinical Problem.”
Gastroenterology and Hepatology News, October, 2009.
Verna EC, Larghi A. “Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection: Learning from the Japanese Experience.”
Dig Liver Dis 2009;41(3):210-1.
Larghi A, Verna EC, Lecca PG, Del Chiaro M, Costamagna G. “Screening for Pancreatic Cancer in
High Risk Individuals: A Call for Endoscopic Ultrasound.” Clinical Cancer Res 2009;15:1907-
1914.
Verna EC. “Indications for Use of TIPS in Treating Portal Hypertension.” American Medical
Association Virtual Mentor. December 2008, Volume 10, Number 12:805-809.
http://virtualmentor.ama-assn.org/2008/12/cprl1-0812.html. Accessed Dec. 1, 2008.
Verna EC, Burke PD. “Role of Fatty Acids in the Pathogenesis of Obesity and Fatty Liver: Impact
of Bariatric Surgery” Seminars Liver Dis. 2008;28:407-26.Elizabeth Verna - Curriculum Vitae 4
Verna EC, Dhar V. “Endoscopic Ultrasound-guided Fine Needle Injection for Cancer Therapy: The
Evolving Role of Therapeutic Endoscopic Ultrasound.” Therapeutic Advances in
Gastroenterology 2008;1:103-109.
Verna EC, Brown RS. “Hepatitis C and Liver Transplantation: Enhancing Outcomes and Should
They Be Re-transplanted.” Clin Liver Dis, 2008;12:637-659.
Verna EC, Brown RS. “Hepatitis C and Liver Transplantation.” Clin Liver Dis 2006;10:919-940.
Stevens PD, Verna EC, Lightdale CJ. “Endoscopic Ultrasound of the Biliary Tract.”, Edited by
Blumgart L and Fong Y, “Surgery of the Liver and Biliary Tract”, Elsevier Inc., 2006.
Verna EC, Larghi A. “How Effective is Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy?” Nat Clin Pract
Gastroenterol Hepatol 2006;3(4):200-1.
Sharaf RN, Verna EC, Green PD. “Commentary: The International Face of Celiac Disease.”
Digestive Liver Dis 2004;36(11):712-3.
Frucht H, Stevens PD, Fogelman DR, Verna EC, Chen J, Chabot JA, Fine RL. “Advances in the
Genetic Screening, Work-up and Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer.” Curr Treat Options
Gastroenterol 2004;7(5):343-354.