The hepatology program strives for excellence in the three main missions of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Department of Medicine: clinical care, research, and education.
The clinical program is highly developed and encompasses both inpatient and outpatient services and consultative practice. We provide expert consultation on liver cases referred from both primary care physicians and gastroenterologists throughout the Denver and the Rocky Mountain region. Our Hepatologists and advanced practice providers run outpatient clinics Monday through Friday as well as attend outpatient post-liver transplant clinics twice weekly. Our Hepatology sees the breadth of the field of hepatology including viral hepatitis, liver tumors, autoimmune diseases, cholestatic diseases, fibrocystic diseases, vascular diseases, and all aspects of hepatic transplantation. Approximately 100 liver transplants are performed annually; outcomes rank among the best in the United States, and both deceased and living donor liver transplants are performed.
The program includes both clinical and basic research. We have several clinical trials in viral hepatitis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, primary biliary cholangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis. Faculty additionally do basic science research related to immunologic factors related to the liver and the microbiome.
Training for fellows in the Gastroenterology fellowship program includes rotations on the inpatient hepatology and transplant service, and elective blocks in the hepatology outpatient clinics. The program also offers an ACGME accredited Transplant Hepatology fellowship. Applicants must have successfully completed a Gastroenterology fellowship to be eligible. The educational and clinical conferences include Patient Selection Committee, Liver Pathology Conference, and Hepatobiliary and Tumor conference, in addition to the educational conferences of the Division.