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Elizabeth C. Verna, MD, MSc

Board Certifications: 
Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
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Credentials & Experience

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Transplant Hepatology

Clinical Expertise

  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • End Stage Liver Disease
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Disease
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Viral Hepatitis

Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

About Elizabeth Verna

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.

Academic Titles

  • Frank Cardile Associate Professor of Medicine

Administrative Positions

  • 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

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

  • American Gastroenterological Association, member
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, member
    • Portal Hypertension SIG Executive Committee Member
    • HCV Guidance Writing Panel
    • Practice Guidelines Committee Vice-Chair
    • COVID-19 Task Force
  • American Society of Transplantation, member
    • Board of Directors, Member at Large
  • International Liver Transplantation Society, member
    • Immunology Special Interest Group Steering Committee
  • Hepatology, Editorial Board Member
  • Liver Transplantation, Deputy Editor

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center

Gender

  • Female

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health First

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Health Plus - Amerigroup

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

United Health Care

  • Columbia Employee POS
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Select Health
  • Special Needs

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Contact & Locations

1
622 West 168th Street
Suite PH 14E, Room 104
New York, New York 10032
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2
622 West 168th Street
PH
New York, New York 10032
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Research

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.

Grants

  • 2011-2013 National Institutes of Health K12 Career Development Award, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2011-2013 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Sheila Sherlock Clinical and Translational Research Award, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2010-2011 American College of Gastroenterology Clinical Research Award
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2010-2011 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Advanced/Transplant Hepatology
  • Fellowship Award, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2010-2011 Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy Award (Co-Investigator) for "Women in 3D" and alcohol awareness initiative targeting young women, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2009-2010 National Institutes of Health T32 Training Grant
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2008-2010 Patient Oriented Research Scholarship for a Masters in Biostatistics
  • Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Pereira MR, Mohan S, Cohen DJ, Husain SA, Dube GK, Ratner LE, Arcasoy S, Aversa MM, Benvenuto LJ, Dadhania DM, Kapur S, Dove LM, Brown RS Jr, Rosenblatt RE, Samstein B, Uriel N, Farr MA, Satlin M, Small CB, Walsh TJ, Kodiyanplakkal RP, Miko BA, Aaron JG, Tsapepas DS, Emond JC,Verna EC.”COVID-19 in solid organ transplant recipients: Initial report from the US epicenter.” Am J Transplant. 2020 Jul;20(7):1800-1808.
  7. Lagana SM, De Michele S, Lee MJ, Emond JC, Griesemer AD, Tulin-Silver SA,?Verna EC, Martinez M, Lefkowitch JH.”COVID-19 Associated Hepatitis Complicating Recent Living Donor Liver Transplantation.” Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2020 Epub.
  8. Fix OK, Hameed B, Fontana RJ, Kwok RM, McGuire BM, Mulligan DC, Pratt DS, Russo MW, Schilsky ML,?Verna EC, Loomba R, Cohen DE, Bezerra JA, Reddy KR, Chung RT. “Clinical Best Practice Advice for Hepatology and Liver Transplant Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: AASLD Expert Panel Consensus Statement.” Hepatology. 2020 Jul;72(1):287-304.?
  9. Verna EC, Morelli G, Terrault NA, Lok AS, Lim JK, Di Bisceglie AM, Zeuzem S, Landis CS, Kwo P, Hassan M, Manns MP, Vainorius M, Akushevich L, Nelson DR, Fried MW, Reddy KR. “DAA therapy and long-term hepatic function in advanced/decompensated cirrhosis: Real-world experience from HCV-TARGET cohort.” J Hepatol. 2020 Mar 31:S0168-8278(20)30193-8.
  10. Lai JC, Dodge JL, Kappus MR, Dunn MA, Volk ML, Duarte-Rojo A, Ganger DR, Rahimi RS, McCulloch CE, Haugen CE, McAdams-DeMarco M, Ladner DP, Segev DL,?Verna EC; Multi-Center Functional Assessment in Liver Transplantation (FrAILT) Study.J “Changes in frailty are associated with watlist mortality in patients with cirrhosis.” J Hepatol. 2020 Mar 30:S0168-8278(20)30191-4.?
  11. Kardashian A, Florman SS, Haydel B, Ruiz RM, Klintmalm GB, Lee DD, Taner CB, Aucejo F, Tevar AD, Humar A,?Verna EC, Halazun KJ, Chapman WC, Vachharajani N, Hoteit M, Levine MH, Nguyen MH, Melcher ML, Langnas AN, Carney CA, Mobley C, Ghobrial M, Amundsen B, Markmann JF, Sudan DL, Jones CM, Berumen J, Hemming AW, Hong JC, Kim J, Zimmerman MA, Nydam TL, Rana A, Kueht ML, Fishbein TM, Markovic D, Busuttil RW, Agopian VG. Liver Transplantation Outcomes in a U.S. Multicenter Cohort of 789 Patients with Hepatocelluular Carcinoma Presenting Beyond Milan Criteria.” Hepatology 2020, Epub.
  12. Ghany MG, Marks KM, Morgan TR, Wyles DL, Aronsohn AI, Bhattacharya D, Broder T, Falade-Nwulia OO, Feld JJ, Gordon SC, Heller T, Jhaveri RR, Jonas MM, Kiser JJ, Linas BP, Lo Re V, Peters MG, Reddy KR, Reynolds A, Scott JD, Searson G, Spradling P, Terrault NA, Trooskin SB,?Verna EC, Wong JB, Woolley AE, Workowski KA. “Hepatitis C Guidance 2019 Update: AASLD-ISDSA Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C Virus Infection.” Hepatology 2019, Epub.