Image: Allan Wolkoff, MD
Effective May 1, 2010, the Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hepatology have merged into a new "Division of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases" under the leadership of Dr. Allan Wolkoff.
Dr. Wolkoff is an international leader in the field of hepatic transport mechanisms. He has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms of hepatic uptake of bilirubin; the role of extracellular and intracellular organic anion binding proteins on transport; the identification and cloning of the sinusoidal organic anion transporter oatp-1 and its molecular and cellular mechanisms; the intracellular mechanisms that follow ligand internalization due to surface receptor binding; and the hepatocellular trafficking system that is responsible for receptor uptake and sorting.
Dr. Wolkoff was appointed Chief of Hepatology at Einstein/Montefiore in March, 2007. In the intervening three years, he was rapidly recruited top hepatologists and has built a division that spans all three campuses from bench to bedside. The Division of Hepatology has also become an important partner with the abdominal organ transplantation program at Montefiore, which is ahead of target on its liver transplants for 2010.
Dr. Wolkoff has articulated exciting plans for the Division's growth, both clinically and scientifically, and he has strong support for doing so from the Department of Medicine, the College, and Montefiore Medical Center.