BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Andrew H. Talal, MD, MPH, associate professor
at the Weill Cornell Medical College has been named chief of the
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition in the
University at Buffalo's Department of Medicine; he also has been
appointed UB professor of medicine.
The announcement was made by Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and
Mary Bauer Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine in
UB's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Talal will join UB in September, when Thomas Mahl, MD, clinical
professor, who recently served as interim chief, steps down;
previously Michael Sitrin, MD, professor, had been leading the
Talal has an international reputation for his clinical and
translational work in hepatology, the branch of medicine that deals
with the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas, and
management of these disorders. He has been recognized as an
authority on viral hepatitis in HIV-infected individuals. A
board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist, he is a
physician-scientist in the Center for the Study of Hepatitis C, a
consortium between Rockefeller University, Weill Cornell Medical
College and New York Presbyterian Hospital.
His research interests include: the development of biomarkers of
the progression and treatment outcomes in hepatitis C virus (HCV)
infection; the evaluation of hepatitis C virus-specific immune
responses in injection drug users; treatment outcomes in special
populations infected with hepatitis C virus (HIV/HCV co-infection,
methadone maintenance, patients with bleeding disorders and
thalassemia); and novel treatments for hepatitis C.
Talal currently is conducting research funded by such federal
agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for
Disease Control on HCV evaluation and treatment among patients in
drug treatment programs and risk factors for AIDS among IV drug
Talal was the recipient of a Clinton Global Initiatives award
from the W.J. Clinton Foundation in 2006, which fostered the
development of treatment algorithms for hepatitis viruses B and
Talal earned his MD from the University of Texas Health Science
Center in San Antonio and received his MPH from the University of
North Carolina. He completed his medical residency at the
University of Iowa and research and clinical fellowships in
gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina.
Before joining the Weill Cornell Medical College, he was a
research associate and clinical scholar at the Rockefeller
University in New York.