Researcher’s Profile

Elizabeth C. Verna, MD

Director of Clinical Research, Columbia University Transplant Initiative and the Transplant Clinical Research Center
Director of Hepatology Research, Columbia University Division of Digestive and Liver Disease
Overview: 

Dr. Verna is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation and Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases of Columbia University. Dr. Verna has an active clinical practice involving all forms of chronic liver disease as well as decompensated cirrhosis and liver transplantation.

She has a significant clinical research focus, including NIH funding to study the impact of the intestinal microbiome on liver disease and liver transplantation as well as participation in multiple NIH-funded multicenter and multidisciplinary studies. In addition, she has significant expertise in clinical trials and is the Director of Clinical Research for the Columbia University Transplant Clinical Research Center, a center that supports transplant-related investigators across Department and Divisions at Columbia with has over 100 studies ongoing. Finally, Dr. Verna is active in national and international societies, including recently being elected to the Board of Directors for the American Society of Transplantation.

Publications: 
Verna EC, Serper M, Chu J, Corey K, Fix OK, Hoyt K, Page KA, Loomba R, Li M, Everson GT, Fried MW, Garcia-Tsao G, Terrault N, Lok AS, Chung RT, Reddy KR. “Clinical Research in Hepatology in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Era: Challenges and the Need for Innovation” Hepatology. 2020 Epub.
Jiang L, Lang S, Duan Y, Zhang X, Gao B, Chopyk J, Schwanemann LK, Ventura-Cots M, Bataller R, Bosques-Padilla F,?Verna EC, Abraldes JG, Brown RS Jr, Vargas V, Altamirano J, Caballería J, Shawcross DL, Ho SB, Louvet A, Lucey MR, Mathurin P, Garcia-Tsao G, Kisseleva T, Brenner DA, Tu XM, Stärkel P, Pride D, Fouts DE, Schnabl B “Intestinal virome in patients with alcoholic hepatitis.” Hepatology. 2020, Epub.
Kardashian A, Ge J, McCulloch CE, Kappus MR, Dunn MA, Duarte-Rojo A, Volk ML, Rahimi RS,?Verna EC, Ganger DR, Ladner D, Dodge JL, Boyarsky B, McAdams-DeMarco M, Segev DL, Lai JC “Identifying an Optimal Liver Frailty Index Cutoff to Predict Waitlist Mortality in Liver Transplant Candidates.” Hepatology. 2020 Epub.
Phipps MM, Barraza LH, LaSota ED, Sobieszczyk ME, Pereira MR, Zheng EX, Fox AN, Zucker J,Verna EC “Acute Liver Injury in COVID-19: Prevalence and Association with Clinical Outcomes in a Large US Cohort.” Hepatology. 2020 Epub
Cullaro G,?Verna EC, Emond JC, Orandi BJ, Mohan S, Lai JC. “Early Kidney Allograft Failure After Simultaneous Liver-kidney Transplantation (SLKT): Evidence for Utilization of the Safety Net?” Transplantation. 2020?Epub
About: 

Dr. Elizabeth Verna is the Frank Cardile Associate Professor of Medicine in the Center for Liver Diseaseand Transplantation and Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at Columbia University, where shepractices as transplant hepatologist. Dr. Verna has an active clinical research program in end-stage liverdisease and liver transplantation and is the Director of Clinical Research for the Columbia UniversityTransplant Clinical Research Center.