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About Liver Institute Northwest

About Our Director


Clinical Professor
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Washington State University


Dr. Kowdley received his B.S. in Biology and Anthropology as a member of the Dean’s List at Columbia University, and his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Oregon Health Science University and a Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kowdley is internationally recognized as a clinician, educator and researcher in the area of liver disease and has presented his research on liver diseases at more than 150 national and international meetings and scientific symposia. He is the author of more than 400 articles, book chapters, reviews and commentaries in this area and has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Archives of Surgery, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, American Journal of Physiology, New England Journal of Medicine, and among other professional publications

Dr. Kowdley has extensive experience in clinical trials in all areas of liver disease, ranging from hepatitis C, cholestatic liver disease, PBC, PSC, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and hepatitis B. He has been a principal investigator in several NIDDK-sponsored clinical trials in primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis and is a member of executive committee of the nonalcoholic steatohepatitis clinical research network (NASH CRN). Dr. Kowdley has also served as the lead investigator of several major international clinical trials in hepatitis C.

Dr. Kowdley laboratory program is focused on the role of iron as a co-factor in many liver diseases, ranging from hepatitis C, hemochromatosis and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). He has developed murine models for NASH and is currently exploring the contribution of hepatic iron deposition on the severity of NASH.

Dr. Kowdley’s research program has been continuously funded by the NIDDK since 1999 in addition to several grants from foundations and scientific societies.

About Liver Institute Northwest

Liver Institute Northwest was created to be a compassionate, patient-focused, and evidence-based liver practice that is sensitive to the needs and challenges faced by patients with chronic liver diseases. We strive to help improve the quality of life, functional status and prognosis of patients through best practices and novel treatments.

Liver Institute Northwest will lead clinical research in liver disease using the highest ethical principles and will contribute to the reduction in the burden of liver disease in the Pacific Northwest.

About Our Clinic

Liver Institute Northwest is an independent clinic located just 5 miles north of downtown Seattle and provides a relaxed, welcoming environment for your clinical care needs. With easy access from both the Eastside and Seattle, as well as free parking, it offers a convenient and low stress visit.

About Our Team

Led by our Medical Director, Internationally renowned Hepatologist Dr. Kris V. Kowdley, Liver Institute Northwest has a dedicated team of healthcare professionals with vast experience in evaluating patients and coordinating care, as well as conducting all phases of clinical trials. The Manager of the Liver Institute Northwest and its Manager of Clinical and Research Operations, ensure that all aspects of the clinic and the research run smoothly with the highest quality according to good clinical practices and FDA regulations.