Mission

To create a worldwide community that encourages education, collaboration, and discussion amongst hepatology trainees

History

The story behind the creation of Liver Fellow Network (LFN) involves timing, determination, and enthusiasm.

As of early 2020, the free open-access medical education movement had been ongoing for many years and already spanned multiple medical specialties. Still, it had not yet infiltrated hepatology. Enter the coronavirus pandemic, when all types of medical training programs were forced to rethink the processes involved in resident and fellow education. Zoom conferences and Twitter-based discussions abounded.

At that time, Hersh, who was a GI fellow at Northwestern and a future transplant hepatology fellow, felt even more strongly the need for more online resources for trainees interested in liver. He only had a small network of friends and co-fellows interested in pursuing a career in hepatology, but it was more than enough. He teamed up with Lizzie, Parita, Adam, and Alex. Together, the five of them created LFN as a collaborative initiative aiming to facilitate learning and engagement amongst all trainees interested in hepatology.

History

The story behind the creation of Liver Fellow Network (LFN) involves timing, determination, and enthusiasm.

As of early 2020, the free open-access medical education movement had been ongoing for many years and already spanned multiple medical specialties. Still, it had not yet infiltrated hepatology. Enter the coronavirus pandemic, when all types of medical training programs were forced to rethink the processes involved in resident and fellow education. Zoom conferences and Twitter-based discussions abounded.

At that time, Hersh, who was a GI fellow at Northwestern and a future transplant hepatology fellow, felt even more strongly the need for more online resources for trainees interested in liver. He only had a small network of friends and co-fellows interested in pursuing a career in hepatology, but it was more than enough. He teamed up with Lizzie, Parita, Adam, and Alex. Together, the five of them created LFN as a collaborative initiative aiming to facilitate learning and engagement amongst all trainees interested in hepatology.

Core Fellows

Hersh Shroff Headshot
Hersh Shroff

Co-Founder, 'The Why? Series' Lead

Hersh is currently a transplant hepatology fellow at Northwestern, where he is participating in the 3-year pilot program. He received his MD from NYU School of Medicine, where he also obtained a Masters in Public Administration (focused on healthcare administration) from NYU Wagner School of Public Service. He completed internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Most importantly, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and is a lifetime Wolverine sports fan. Go Blue!

Lizzie Aby Headshot
Lizzie Aby

Co-Founder, Social Media Lead

Lizzie Aby is currently a second-year gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at the University of Minnesota. Lizzie is originally from Minneapolis, but completed her internal medicine residency training and chief residency at UCLA. She was an American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Emerging Liver Scholar in 2016 and was subsequently an ambassador from 2017 to 2019.

Parita Patel Headshot
Parita Patel

Co-Founder, 'Clinical Pearls' Lead

Parita Patel is currently a third-year gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at the University of Chicago, where she also completed her Internal Medicine training. Prior to returning to her hometown of Chicago, she completed her undergraduate and medical school studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Upon completion of her gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship, she will be a transplant hepatology fellow at Northwestern University in 2021-2022.

Adam Winters Headshot
Adam Winters

Co-Founder, 'Podcast' Lead

Adam is currently a third-year gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles. He hails from New York, where he completed his internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. Adam will be returning to Mount Sinai to complete his transplant hepatology fellowship in 2021. He was an AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar in 2017 and is currently an AASLD Ambassador. He is interested in utilizing non-traditional mediums to teach medical trainees, mostly borne out of his lifelong inability to stay still.

Alex Vogel Headshot
Alex Vogel

Co-Founder, 'Evidence Corner' Lead

Alex is currently a second-year gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Alex is originally from New York and completed Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Alex has a passion for graduate medical education and is excited to explore different digital modalities of medical education through the Liver Fellows Network. His research interests are in Alcohol-associated liver disease and health care utilization.

Faculty

Adam Mikolajczyk Headshot
Adam Mikolajczyk

Lead Faculty Advisor

Transplant Hepatologist

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Christopher Moore Headshot
Christopher Moore

Faculty Advisor

Transplant Hepatologist

Northwestern

Matthew Sparks Headshot
Matthew Sparks

Faculty Advisor

Nephrologist

Duke

Samira Farouk Headshot
Samira Farouk

Faculty Advisor

Transplant Nephrologist

Mount Sinai

Aaron Huber Headshot
Aaron Huber

Content Editor

Surgical Pathologist

University of Rochester Medical Center

Atoosa Rabiee Headshot
Atoosa Rabiee

Content Editor

Transplant Hepatologist

Washington DC VA Medical Center

Arpan Patel Headshot
Arpan Patel

Content Editor

Transplant Hepatologist

UCLA

Elliot Tapper Headshot
Elliot Tapper

Content Editor

Transplant Hepatologist

Michigan

Kathleen Viveiros Headshot
Kathleen Viveiros

Content Editor

Transplant Hepatologist

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Lei Zhao, MD PhD Headshot
Lei Zhao, MD PhD

Content Editor

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Alyssa Kriegermeier Headshot
Alyssa Kriegermeier

Pediatric Content Editor

Pediatric Transplant Hepatologist

Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Contributors

Nneka Ufere Headshot
Nneka Ufere

Content Writer

Transplant Hepatology Fellow

Massachusetts General Hospital

Phoenix Bell Headshot
Phoenix Bell

'Pathology Pearls' Lead

GI Pathology Fellow

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Tom Couri Headshot
Tom Couri

Content Writer

Gastroenterology Fellow

University of Chicago

Alyssa Goldberg Headshot
Alyssa Goldberg

Pediatric Series Lead

Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow

University of Colorado

Tamir Diamond Headshot
Tamir Diamond

Pediatric Series Lead

Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Alyson Kaplan Headshot
Alyson Kaplan

Content Writer

Gastroenterology Fellow

Cornell

Hersh Shroff Headshot
Hersh Shroff

Co-Founder, 'The Why? Series' Lead

Hersh is currently a transplant hepatology fellow at Northwestern, where he is participating in the 3-year pilot program. He received his MD from NYU School of Medicine, where he also obtained a Masters in Public Administration (focused on healthcare administration) from NYU Wagner School of Public Service. He completed internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Most importantly, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and is a lifetime Wolverine sports fan. Go Blue!

Lizzie Aby Headshot
Lizzie Aby

Co-Founder, Social Media Lead

Lizzie Aby is currently a second-year gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at the University of Minnesota. Lizzie is originally from Minneapolis, but completed her internal medicine residency training and chief residency at UCLA. She was an American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Emerging Liver Scholar in 2016 and was subsequently an ambassador from 2017 to 2019.

Parita Patel Headshot
Parita Patel

Co-Founder, 'Clinical Pearls' Lead

Parita Patel is currently a third-year gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at the University of Chicago, where she also completed her Internal Medicine training. Prior to returning to her hometown of Chicago, she completed her undergraduate and medical school studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Upon completion of her gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship, she will be a transplant hepatology fellow at Northwestern University in 2021-2022.

Adam Winters Headshot
Adam Winters

Co-Founder, 'Podcast' Lead

Adam is currently a third-year gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles. He hails from New York, where he completed his internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. Adam will be returning to Mount Sinai to complete his transplant hepatology fellowship in 2021. He was an AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar in 2017 and is currently an AASLD Ambassador. He is interested in utilizing non-traditional mediums to teach medical trainees, mostly borne out of his lifelong inability to stay still.

Alex Vogel Headshot
Alex Vogel

Co-Founder, 'Evidence Corner' Lead

Alex is currently a second-year gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Alex is originally from New York and completed Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Alex has a passion for graduate medical education and is excited to explore different digital modalities of medical education through the Liver Fellows Network. His research interests are in Alcohol-associated liver disease and health care utilization.

Adam Mikolajczyk Headshot
Adam Mikolajczyk

Lead Faculty Advisor

Transplant Hepatologist

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Christopher Moore Headshot
Christopher Moore

Faculty Advisor

Transplant Hepatologist

Northwestern

Matthew Sparks Headshot
Matthew Sparks

Faculty Advisor

Nephrologist

Duke

Samira Farouk Headshot
Samira Farouk

Faculty Advisor

Transplant Nephrologist

Mount Sinai

Aaron Huber Headshot
Aaron Huber

Content Editor

Surgical Pathologist

University of Rochester Medical Center

Atoosa Rabiee Headshot
Atoosa Rabiee

Content Editor

Transplant Hepatologist

Washington DC VA Medical Center

Arpan Patel Headshot
Arpan Patel

Content Editor

Transplant Hepatologist

UCLA

Elliot Tapper Headshot
Elliot Tapper

Content Editor

Transplant Hepatologist

Michigan

Kathleen Viveiros Headshot
Kathleen Viveiros

Content Editor

Transplant Hepatologist

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Lei Zhao, MD PhD Headshot
Lei Zhao, MD PhD

Content Editor

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Alyssa Kriegermeier Headshot
Alyssa Kriegermeier

Pediatric Content Editor

Pediatric Transplant Hepatologist

Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Nneka Ufere Headshot
Nneka Ufere

Content Writer

Transplant Hepatology Fellow

Massachusetts General Hospital

Phoenix Bell Headshot
Phoenix Bell

'Pathology Pearls' Lead

GI Pathology Fellow

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Tom Couri Headshot
Tom Couri

Content Writer

Gastroenterology Fellow

University of Chicago

Alyssa Goldberg Headshot
Alyssa Goldberg

Pediatric Series Lead

Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow

University of Colorado

Tamir Diamond Headshot
Tamir Diamond

Pediatric Series Lead

Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Alyson Kaplan Headshot
Alyson Kaplan

Content Writer

Gastroenterology Fellow

Cornell

Mission

To create a worldwide community that encourages education, collaboration, and discussion amongst hepatology trainees

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