Scientific Advisory Board

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Roberto Salvatori, MD

Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Honors, Catholic University School of Medicine in Rome, Italy

Dr. Roberto Salvatori graduated summa cum laude with honors from Catholic University School of Medicine in Rome, Italy. He trained in Internal Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein University in the Bronx, NY and completed fellowships in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Cornell University in New York and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1998 and is currently a Professor of Medicine.

One of the founders of the Johns Hopkins Pituitary Tumor Center, Dr. Salvatori focuses his clinical practice on the diagnosis and treatment of pituitary and adrenal tumors and pituitary dysfunction, with a particular interest in growth hormone excess (acromegaly) and deficiency, and on cortisol excess (Cushing) and deficiency (adrenal insufficiency).

Dr. Salvatori is the director of the Johns Hopkins endocrinology fellowship training program.

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Andre Lacroix, MD

Endocrinology, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), Montreal

Andre Lacroix, M.D. is Professor, Department of Medicine at the University of Montreal teaching hospital (CHUM). He obtained his medical degree at the University of Montreal, where he also completed his training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. This was followed by fellowships in pituitary-adrenal disorders at Vanderbilt University and in hormone-dependent cancers at NCI, NIH. One of his main research interest since joining the Division of Endocrinology and CHUM Research Center is the molecular pathophysiology of adrenal Cushing’s syndrome; his group has uncovered the adrenal expression of aberrant hormone receptors leading to adrenal overgrowth and hyperfunction. Other interests include investigation and therapy of Cushing’s disease, primary aldosteronism, adrenal carcinoma, and pheochromocytomas. Dr. Lacroix has served as president of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and is currently a member of the executive board of the International Society of Endocrinology. He is editor of the adrenal section of UpToDate.

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Arun J. Sanyal, MD, FAASLD

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Dr. Arun Sanyal is a Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Molecular Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He has over 25 years of experience as a hepatologist and has served as the secretary and president of the American Association for Study of Liver Diseases, a founding member of the Hepatology board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Chair of the NIH hepatobiliary pathophysiology study section and Member of the council of the NIH. He has been continuously funded by the NIH for over 25 years.

Dr. Sanyal’s research spans the areas of cirrhosis and alcoholic- and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). His work informs several recommendations in national practice guidelines related to the management of variceal hemorrhage, ascites, hepatorenal syndrome, hepatic encephalopathy, and NASH. He has helped establish and chair the “Liver Forum” which brings FDA, European Medical Agency, Academia, NIH and industry stakeholders in NASH and hepatic fibrosis together to accelerate therapeutic development in these areas.

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Scott L Friedman, MD

Dean for Therapeutic Discovery and Professor of Medicine, Liver Diseases, Mt. Sinai

Dr. Friedman is the Dean for Therapeutic Discovery and Chief of the Division of Liver Diseases, at Mount Sinai. He has performed pioneering research into the underlying causes of scarring, or fibrosis associated with chronic liver disease. Dr. Friedman was among the first to isolate and characterize the hepatic stellate cell, the key cell type responsible for scar production in liver. His work has spawned an entire field that is now realizing its translational and therapeutic potential, with new anti-fibrotic therapies for liver disease reaching clinical trials. He is a widely respected author with over 300 peer-reviewed publications focused on the research and treatment of liver disease.

He served as Chief of the Division of Liver Diseases at Mount Sinai since 2001 and in 2012 as Dean for Therapeutic. As President of the American Assn. for the Study of Liver Diseases in 2009, Dr. Friedman oversaw several major new initiatives that accelerated its growth and brought the Association to new levels of income and international visibility.

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W. Bryan Burnette, M.D.

Associate Professor,

University of Vanderbilt

Dr. W. Bryan Burnette is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  Dr. Burnette is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Dr. Burnette received his MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville. He completed his Pediatric Residency from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Pediatric Neurology Residency from Johns Hopkins Hospital, and fellowship in the field of Neurology/Neuromuscular Medicine from Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.  Dr. Burnette’s research interest is focused on pediatric neuromuscular disorders.