Moderated by Dr. Rohit Satoskar
ALF’s Academic Debates is an educational program which engages fellows and learning physicians from major academic institutions in friendly competition. Questions posed during the debates are ethical in nature with no right or wrong answer. The debates seek to stimulate higher thinking about significant issues which impact the lives of people living with liver disease. Debaters are judged on presentations, research to support their argument, and ability to respond quickly to the opposite viewpoint.
The Greater DC Academic Debate program feature debate teams from healthcare institutions from the Capitol region.
This debate featured the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The University of Maryland team includes Dr. Ameer Abutaleb, Dr. Muhammed Hammami and Dr. Sasan Sakiani. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine team includes Dr. Aly Strauss, Dr. Brian Ting and Dr. Ruhail Kohli. The debate discussion was based upon whether liver transplant should be offered for patients with extensive isolated colorectal liver metastases.
This debate featured the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Medstar Georgetown University Hospital team includes Dr. Erinda Steffi, Dr. Veronica Nguyen and Dr. Kathleen Nilles. The National Institutes of Health team includes Dr. Gracia Viana Rodriguez, Dr. David Yardeni and Dr. Theo Heller. The debate discussion was based upon whether hepatologists should serve a primary role in managing alcohol use disorder in patients with advanced liver disease.