This webinar will discuss the management of renal insufficiency in patients with cirrhosis, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Topics to be discussed include workup of the patient with acute kidney injury in the outpatient setting, management of diuretics and evaluation using novel biomarkers. The audience member will be able to understand how to balance diuretics usage to account for symptom control versus patient safety, recognize the spectrum of etiologies of kidney dysfunction in the patient with cirrhosis and how to evaluate for them, and treatment of renal failure in the inpatient setting.
Josh Levitsky, MD, FAASLD
Josh Levitsky, MD, MS is currently a Professor of Medicine and Surgery in the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Levitsky received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He then completed an Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals and a Transplant Hepatology fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, receiving an AASLD Fellowship Award. He is currently certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology. At Northwestern, he completed a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, is the Director of Liver Research, and is the program director for both Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology Fellowships. He has been elected to the Northwestern Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators and has received several teaching awards.
Dr. Levitsky is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Transplantation and International Liver Transplantation Society where he served on the executive boards, as well as the AASLD where he has served on several committees. He is a Deputy Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation and on the Editorial Board for HEPATOLOGY. Dr. Levitsky’s academic interests are clinical and translational in nature, with a focus on liver transplant immunosuppression, tolerance and biomarkers. He previously received an AASLD Career Development Award in Liver Transplantation and has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, book chapters and reviews on topics relevant to liver disease and transplantation. He is the principal and co-investigator for a number of NIH, pharmaceutical and investigator-initiated trials. His goal is to advance clinical/translational research in immune-mediated liver diseases and liver transplantation, identifying biomarkers and novel strategies to optimize outcomes.
Vinay Sundaram, MD
Dr. Vinay Sundaram is a transplant hepatologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he serves as assistant medical director of liver transplantation and director of hepatology outcomes research. He has been a member of the AASLD since 2009. He is actively involved with numerous committees including the AASLD membership and mentorship committee, chair of the education subcommittee for the Clinical Practice Special Interest Group.
In addition, he is on the membership and professional standards committee for UNOS. His research interests include end-stage liver disease, acute on chronic liver failure and post-transplant outcomes. He has over 100 published manuscripts and abstracts and is on the editorial board for Hepatology Communications.