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The Cholestatic and Autoimmune Liver Diseases Special Interest Group (SIG) is an international community of investigators and practitioner focusing on preventing diagnosing and treating cholestatic liver diseases, as well as diseases of the biliary tree (choangiopathies). The SIG also strongly focuses on understanding the pathophysiology and on the genetics of cholestatic and biliary diseases as a way to identify novel therapeutic targets. The SIG promotes national and international collaborations and networks and registries to speed up the rate of discoveries and to facilitate clinical trials in an area that includes several rare diseases.

Consortium of Autoimmune Liver Diseases

Learn about opportunities to participate in the new Consortium of Autoimmune Liver Diseases [PDF]. Goals include increasing participation of North American investigators and centers; providing a platform for researchers to initiate investigations into knowledge gaps unique to North America; and recruiting investigators, both new and established, into the field of cholestatic and biliary disorders.


Watch the video recording [MP4] from their recent business meeting to learn what their focus will be in 2019.

Communications Subcommittee

  • Chair: Nanda Kerkar, MD, FAASLD
  • Member: Marina G. Silveira, MD
  • Member: Aldo J. Montano-Loza, MD, PhD, FAASLD
  • Member: Muyiwa Awoniyi, MD, PhD
  • Member: Ariane Therien, MSc

Education Subcommittee

  • Chair: VACANT
  • Vice-Chair: Huiping Zhou, PhD
  • Member: Girish S. Rao, MD
  • Member: Uzma Shah, MD, FAAP
  • Member: John E. Eaton, MD
  • Member: Nora Cazzagon, MD

Global Outreach Subcommittee

  • Chair: Luca Fabris, MD, PhD
  • Member: Gilda Porta, MD, PhD
  • Member: Josh Levitsky, MD, FAASLD
  • Member: Michele M. Tana, MD
  • Member: Carlos Noronha Ferreira, MD
  • Member: Ansgar W. Lohse, MD

Membership and Mentorship Subcommittee

  • Chair: VACANT
  • Member: James F. Daniel, MD, FAASLD
  • Member: James H. Tabibian, MD, PhD
  • Member: Ehab Ahmed Abdelatty, MD
  • Member: Yoshiyuki Ueno, MD, PhD, FAASLD

SIG Leadership

  • Christopher L. Bowlus, MD, FAASLD
  • David N. Assis, MD
  • Olivier Barbier, PhD, FAASLD
  • Luca Fabris, MD, PhD
    Steering Committee
  • Gideon Hirschfield, FRCP, PhD
    Steering Committee
  • Nanda Kerkar, MD, FAASLD
    Steering Committee
  • Cynthia Levy, MD, FAASLD
    Steering Committee
  • Huiping Zhou, PhD
    Steering Committee
  • John Lingerfelt
    Staff Liaison