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.

Upcoming Events

10.29.2016 – 11.02.2016
APHA Annual Meeting

11.11.2016 – 11.15.2016
AASLD Annual Meeting

10.31.2016 – 11.05.2016
ASN Annual Meeting

01.26.2017 – 01.29.2017
ASTS Winter Symposium 

02.23.2017 – 02.25.2017
AST Meeting 

04.29.2017 – 05.03.2017
ATC Annual Meeting

Upcoming NIH Deadlines

Recent News

Congratulations to our 2016 summer students on their completion of the Comprehensive Transplant Center Summer Student Immersion Program!

Our very own Transplant Infectious Disease physician, Dr. Michael G. Ison was recently awarded a 6.5 million dollar contact from the NIAID to better understand the natural history of norovirus in transplant patients. Read more about it in our August 2016 Newsletter!

Congrats to our NUTORC predoctoral student, Vikram Kilambi, who  has recently secured funding through the NIH for a R36 titled, “Mitigating Geographic Disparity in Deceased-Donor Liver Allocation using a Systems-Approach”.

In collaboration with the McCormick School of Engineering, Dr. Daniela Ladner and Dr. Diego Klabjan have recently been awarded the Data Science Initiative Seed Funding for their work “Pheno-mapping of low MELD End-stage liver disease patients at high risk for mortality”.

Congrats to our Quality of Life Workgroup Leader, Zeeshan Butt, PhD for joining the PCORI Advisory Panel Member for Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment Options! 

Dr. Sanjay Mehrotra presenting “Improved Liver Allocation using Optimized Neighborhoods” at the UNOS Liver Committee on August 18th

Congratulations to Dr. Daniela Ladner on her recent Pipeline to PCORI Tier II funding!

Priceless Gifts, 1 Donor, 7 Organs, 5 Recipients, 34 Hours! Read more about this transplant story, here.


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