My medical training began in 1974 when I was enrolled in the Pharmacy School at the University of Kansas. I transferred to the University of Kansas Medical School in 1977 and finished my MD degree in 1980. I completed a 3 year residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California San Diego. Between 1984 and 1988, a combined Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program, including transplant medicine, was finished at UCLA under the tutelage of Dr. Neil Kaplowitz. This training included basic science research in liver cell calcium transport as well as clinical hepatology. I moved to San Francisco in 1988 to assume the co-Medical Director position at the California Pacific Medical Center (then known as Pacific Presbyterian Hospital). The Medical Directorship within the Liver Transplant Program was accepted in 1995.
I taught at University of California Davis for 4 years in Sacramento (1991-1994) and at the Merced Family Practice Program (UCD affiliate) since 1991. I have subsequently been involved with teaching at the Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine level (currently advanced to Associate Professor 1998), at the University of California, San Francisco and University of Nevada in Reno. My teaching commitment is outlined within my curriculum vitae. We have an active Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program at California Pacific medical center with 3 fellows, each of whom is expected to complete one or more significant research projects.
My research has involved collaborations with a number of basic scientists and leading a series of clinical research projects. I have also been a co-principal investigator or sub-investigator on a number of NIH grants as well as receiving a NIH physician scientist award while at UCLA. A large number of clinical trials have, and are currently taking place at CPMC under my or my colleagues direction. I also currently lead a 5 person hepatology practice serving over 5,000 patients in the Northern California and Nevada regions. In addition, I am actively involved in numerous professional societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Transplant Physicians, and as a fellow of the American College of Physicians as well as the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease.
My publications include more than 100 original articles, review articles, abstracts and book chapters. Editorial activities encompass the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Journal of Hepatology, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Liver Transplantation and Surgery, and Transplant Proceedings. I am married to Celeste Le Sage and have two wonderful children, Chantal (6yrs) and Christophe (3yrs). Our family activities include ice skating, rollerblading, hiking as well as art and language education. I have a lifetime commitment to the study, advancement and clinical practice of liver disease and feel research and education is an essential component of my career.