Researcher Spotlight

Lisa VanWagner, MD, MSc

    • Assistant Professor of Medicine – Gastroenterology/ Hepatology and Preventative Medicine 

Dr. VanWagner’s methodologic research interests are in the areas of epidemiology and risk prediction using large administrative, clinical and research databases.

She has a broad interest in the areas of Obesity, Cardiovascular disease, and Liver Transplantation Research.Her work focuses specifically in patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and in prevention and management of cardiac diseases among liver transplant candidates and recipients.

Dr. VanWagner is a former recipient of an Individual (parent F32) National Service Research Award (NRSA) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) with additional funding from the American Liver Foundation and Alpha Omega Alpha Foundation.  She is currently funded by the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (KL2) “Prediction of NAFLD Using a Life Course Approach.”  The objective of this grant is to understand how dynamic changes in serially measured lifestyle (e.g., diet) and physiologic (e.g., insulin resistance) factors throughout adulthood effect the development of NAFLD and heart disease in middle age.

Recent News

Predicting heart events after liver transplant? The first app to predict which patients will die or be hospitalized from cardiovascular complication post-transplant developed by our very own Dr. Lisa VanWagner! The score enables healthcare providers, caregivers and patients to estimate 1-year risk for cardiovascular complications after liver transplantation. Read more or check out the app.

Eight way kidney swap by our amazing transplant team at Northwestern Medicine!  Check out the story here.

Congratulations to Dr. Daniela Ladner and Dr. Mike Wolf on their recently awarded NIH R01 grant titled, Transplant Regimen Adherence For Kidney Recipients by Engaging Information Technologies : The Take It Trial

Congratulations to those that presented at this year’s American Transplant Congress conference in Chicago, IL



This page last updated: March 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm