Date of event
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 1:00 pm -
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 2:00 pm
Continuing Education Credits
Add to Calendar 2022-02-08 13:00:00 2022-02-08 14:00:00 Webinar: Getting the Most Out of the Mentor-Mentee Relationship AASLD America/New_York public

Content Contributor

Membership and Mentorship Committee


  • Vinay Sundaram, MD
  • Elliot B. Tapper, MD
  • Monika Sarkar, MD, MAS


  • Enis Kostallari, PhD


This webinar, sponsored by the AASLD Membership and Mentorship Committee, will consist of three lectures from three mid-career faculty who have directly benefited from mentoring to achieve career success. As part of this educational webinar, the attendee will learn how the proper mentor can help a mentee attain their career goals while maintaining work-life balance. The attendee will also learn the art of menteering, to gain the most out of their relationship with their mentor. Finally, this webinar will introduce attendees to the new AASLD pilot program to bring potential mentees and mentors together in a virtual format.


Presenter Bios

Vinay Sundaram, MD, MS

Vinay Sundaram, MD, MS is currently an Associate Professor of medicine and Director of Hepatology Outcomes Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He completed medical school at NYU School of Medicine, followed by a residency at the University of Virginia, gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, and a transplant hepatology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Sundaram has published more than 100 manuscripts including first authored papers in Gastroenterology, HEPATOLOGY, Journal of Hepatology and Liver Transplantation. He currently serves on the AASLD Acute on Chronic Liver Failure Special Interest Group’s steering committee and is the current chair of the AASLD Membership and Mentorship Committee. He is also on the editorial boards of HEPATOLOGY, American Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Communications and previously served as on the UNOS membership and professional standards committee.

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Elliot Tapper, MD

Elliot Tapper is Associate Professor at the University of Michigan where he is a hepatologist and director of the Michigan Cirrhosis Program. He is chair-elect of the AASLD Practice Measures Committee. He has published more than 200 papers and focuses his lab on research to define and improve the burden of cirrhosis. He receives funding from the NIH, PCORI, and Industry. He has authored guidelines on the management of hepatic encephalopathy, frailty, and malnutrition. He serves on the editorial board for Journal of Hepatology, Gastroenterology, HEPATOLOGY, Hepatology Communications, Clinical Gastroenterology, Liver Transplantation, and Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

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Monika Sarkar, MD, MAS

Monika Sarkar, MD, MAS is an Associate Professor of Medicine and transplant hepatologist at the University of California, San Francisco. She has expertise at the intersection of reproductive health and liver disease and runs the UCSF women’s liver clinic. She is lead author of the AASLD Women’s Reproductive Health in Liver Disease Guidance and Chair of the AASLD Women’s Initiatives Committee. Her NIH-funded research program evaluates the contribution of reproductive factors to NAFLD progression in women, and the role of hormonal targets to mitigate liver disease progression in the growing population of young women with NASH.

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Moderator Bios

Enis Kostallari, Ph.D.

Enis Kostallari, PhD is an Associate Consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, an Assistant Professor of Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Kostallari’s research focuses on the pathobiology of non-parenchymal cells in liver fibrosis. More specifically, she investigates the intracellular mechanisms in the hepatic stellate cells which lead to the release of fibrogenic extracellular vesicles and ultimately liver fibrosis. In the past two years, Dr. Kostallari’s studies have been published in major journals such as Journal of Hepatology and Hepatology where she was the lead principal investigator and co-principal investigator, respectively.

In addition to her science, Dr. Kostallari serves as a peer-reviewer for major journals, such as Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Journal of Clinical Investigation, EMBO, and others, and is currently a guest editor for Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences. She has been an external reviewer for grant proposals in Belgium and France and is currently a writer for the Hepatology Highlights section in the Hepatology journal. She is a steering committee member of the AASLD Liver Fibrosis special interest group and a committee member of the Membership and Mentorship Committee. At Mayo Clinic, Dr. Kostallari is the chair of the Extracellular Vesicle interest group and a course instructor. As an active mentor, during her career she has supervised several trainees, from high school to undergraduate, medical, Masters’, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists from institutions in the U.S. and overseas.

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