Center for Advanced Liver Diseases and Transplantation

Our Faculty

Program Leadership

James V. Guarrera, MD, FACS

James V. Guarrera, MD, FACS, Chief of Surgery Program Director Liver Transplantation

Dr. James Guarrera is Professor of Surgery and Chief of Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery. Dr. Guarrera, is an experienced and innovative surgeon and researcher who pioneered new developments in transplantation including use of Machine Perfusion for Liver Preservation. He has been federally funded and holds 7 patents for his novel research. He has over 100 publications and book chapters and has won prestigious "Rising Star" awards from both the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the International Liver Transplantation Society. He comes to University Hospital from the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City where he served as Surgical Director of Adult Liver Transplantation Program for over a decade. Credentials

Nikolaos Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF, FAASLD, FRCP

Nikolaos Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF, FAASLD, FRCP

Medical Director Liver Transplantation

Dr. Nikolaos Pyrsopoulos currently serves as Professor of medicine and Chief of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at New Jersey Medical School and the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation for University Hospital.

He completed his medical degrees (MD and PhD) at the University of Athens in Greece, followed by residency and fellowships at Sismanogleio General Hospital in Athens and the University Of Miami School Of Medicine. Dr. Pyrsopoulos is board certified in the areas of Internal Medicine,

Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology. He received his

M.B.A. from the University Of Miami School Of Business.

Dr. Pyrsopoulos is a Fellow of The American College of Physicians, American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Association of the Study of Liver Diseases. He is also a member of various medical associations such the European Association of the Study of the Liver, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American Society of Transplantation, among others. He has served in numerous national and institutional committees. In addition, he served as the Region 2 Review Board Chair for UNOS. Credentials

Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgeons

Flavio Paterno, MD, MPH, FACS

 

Flavio Paterno, MD, MPH, FACS

Associate Director, Liver Transplantation

Flavio Paterno, MD, MPH, FACS is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School. He completed his general surgery residency at Yale University (New Haven, CT), and his transplant surgery fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas, TX). Credentials

Lloyd Brown, MD

Lloyd Brown, MD

Dr. Lloyd Brown, Assistant Professor of Surgery, graduated from the University of Rochester and continued at the

University of Rochester School of Medicine for his medical degree. He did a residency in general surgery at Ohio State University's department of surgery and completed a transplant fellowship in Detroit. Dr Brown is also active in Clinical and Translational Research and the Global Surgery program. Credentials

Arpit Amin, MD

Arpit Amin, MD

Arpit N. Amin, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery for the Division of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital.

He graduated from State University of New York – Upstate Medical University. He completed his General Surgery residency training at New York Medical College – Westchester Medical Center. He completed fellowship training in Multi-organ Abdominal Transplant Surgery and Hepatobiliary Surgery at University of California – Los Angeles in 2019. He further completed advanced fellowship training in cadaveric split and living donor liver transplantation, pediatric liver transplantation, pediatric kidney transplantation and pediatric / adult intestinal transplantation at University of Pittsburgh and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2020. Credentials

Dr. Keri Lunsford, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Keri Lunsford, MD, PhD, FACS

Director, Transplant Research

Keri E. Lunsford MD, PhD, FACS is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and a liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon on faculty at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and a member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, she was on faculty at Houston Methodist Hospital where she played a key role in the groundbreaking protocol for liver transplant for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, and she is internationally recognized as an expert in this field. Credentials

Hepatologists

Mumtaz Niazi, MD

Mumtaz Niazi, MD

Dr. Niazi is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. and an attending physician of Hepatology at University Hospital. Dr. Niazi obtained his medical degree at University of Punjab in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He completed his Internal Medical Residency at the Long Island College Hospital in Long Island NY. and his fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark NJ. Credentials

Raquel Olivo-Salcedo, MD

Raquel Olivo-Salcedo, MD

Dr. Olivo-Salcedo is an Assistant Professor of Hepatology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and an attending physician of Hepatology at University Hospital. Dr. Olivo-Salcedo obtained her medical degree at INTEC in the Dominican Republic with Magna Cum Laude honors. She completed her Internal Medical Residency and served as Chief Medical Resident at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York. She practiced there as an attending physician of Internal Medicine in addition to serving as a Medical Instructor at College University of NY (CUNY) Sophie Davis School of Medicine. Dr.

Olivo-Salcedo subsequently completed her Hepatology fellowship at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Credentials

Zaid Tafesh, MD, MSc

Zaid Tafesh, MD, MSc

Dr. Tafesh obtained his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and graduated in 2013 with academic honors. He completed both his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine. He also completed a one year fellowship in Adult Transplant Hepatology at both the Columbia and Weill Cornell campuses of New York Presbyterian Hospital. During his Gastroenterology fellowship, Dr. Tafesh obtained a Masters in Health Policy and Economic from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Credentials

Ali Wakil, MD

Dr. Wakil is board certified in Medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/Bahrain and graduated in 2015 with academic honors. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Ascension St Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore where he served as a chief resident in his final year of training. He subsequently completed fellowship in Transplant Hepatology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical school. He is a member of the American Association for the study of Liver disease (AASLD) and he has published several peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in the fields of hepatology and liver transplantation. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and practices as a Transplant Hepatologist at University Hospital. Credentials

Physician Assistants

Elisabete DaSilva, PA-C

Elisabete DaSilva, PA-C handles all of the outpatient liver transplant and hepatobiliary cases at University Hospital.

 

Jacqueline Kocot

Jacqueline Kocot, PA-C

Jacqueline Kocot, PA-C works with inpatient liver transplant and hepatobiliary cases at University Hospital.

Gastroenterology and Advanced Endoscopy


Sushil K. Ahlawat, M.D.

Sushil K. Ahlawat, M.D.

Dr. Sushil Ahlawat, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Endoscopy at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He earned his medical degree from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Rohtak (India) and M.S. (Clinical Research) from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester. He was a medicine resident at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, and completed gastroenterology and advanced endoscopy training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Credentials


Seyedehsan Navabi, M.D.

Seyedehsan Navabi, M.D.

Dr. Seyedehsan Navabi, currently serves as assistant Professor of Medicine and as Gastroenterology and Hepatology faculty at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He completed his medical degree (MD) at the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran in 2008 and after his graduation he was working as a family physician and then emergency medicine physician until 2012, before he moved to the United States. This was followed by training in Internal Medicine residency and then Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Credentials



Weizheng William Wang, M.D.

Weizheng William Wang, M.D.

Dr. Weizheng William Wang, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He earned his medical degree from Hengyang Medical College, Nanhua University. He did one-year research fellowship at Stanford University and four years medical research at College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in New York City. He completed his medical residency from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He did his gastroenterology Fellowship in University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Credentials