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Renuka Bhattacharya, MD
Clinical Associate Professor & Clinical Chief of Hepatology, Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program

Dr. Bhattacharya is a hepatologist, caring for patients with liver disease and those requiring liver transplant care. She is the medical director of the University of Washington liver transplant program and a UW assistant professor of medicine. Her interests include the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer), liver transplant, hepatitis B and C, autoimmune hepatitis, PSC, PBC, in addition to other acute and chronic liver diseases.

Dr. Bhattacharya is involved in multiple areas of liver-related research, including transplant and liver cancer projects. Dr. Bhattacharya received her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Virginia, and completed internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She moved to Seattle in the year 2000 for her fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Washington, completing fellowship in 2003.
In addition to clinical duties, Dr. Bhattacharya is medical director of the liver transplant program, and is involved in liver transplant policy on a local, regional and national level. She also enjoys her role as an educator, responsible for the training of residents and fellows, and serves as the program director for the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program.
Recent Publications
Displaying 20 Most Recent Publications from PubMed

April 2018. Comparison of Preemptive Therapy and Antiviral Prophylaxis for Prevention of Cytomegalovirus in Seropositive Liver Transplant Recipients. Liu AW, Jutivorakool K, Fisher CE, Rakita RM, Reyes JD, Bhattacharya RB, Jerome KR, Limaye AP. Transplantation. 2018 Apr;102(4):632-639. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000002029.

August 2017. Acute Liver Failure Due to Echovirus 9 Associated With Persistent B-Cell Depletion From Rituximab. Bajema KL, Simonson PD, Greninger AL, Çoruh B, Pottinger PS, Bhattacharya R, Liou IW, Jalikis FG, Fligner CL, Rakita RM. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017 Aug 14;4(3):ofx174. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofx174. eCollection 2017 Summer.

June 2017. Segmental Yttrium-90 Radioembolization versus Segmental Chemoembolization for Localized Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Results of a Single-Center, Retrospective, Propensity Score-Matched Study. Padia SA, Johnson GE, Horton KJ, Ingraham CR, Kogut MJ, Kwan S, Vaidya S, Monsky WL, Park JO, Bhattacharya R, Hippe DS, Harris WP. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2017 Jun;28(6):777-785.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jvir.2017.02.018. Epub 2017 Mar 30.

April 2017. Sofosbuvir-based regimens for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in severe renal dysfunction. Cox-North P, Hawkins KL, Rossiter ST, Hawley MN, Bhattacharya R, Landis CS. Hepatol Commun. 2017 Apr 18;1(3):248-255. doi: 10.1002/hep4.1035. eCollection 2017 May.

September 2016. Is MELD score failing patients with liver disease and hepatorenal syndrome? Sibulesky L, Leca N, Blosser C, Rahnemai-Azar AA, Bhattacharya R, Reyes J. World J Hepatol. 2016 Sep 28;8(27):1155-1156.

August 2015. Irreversible Electroporation Can Effectively Ablate Hepatocellular Carcinoma to Complete Pathologic Necrosis. Cheng RG, Bhattacharya R, Yeh MM, Padia SA. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2015 Aug;26(8):1184-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jvir.2015.05.014. Epub 2015 Jun 26.

August 2015. Outcomes of Locoregional Tumor Therapy for Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts. Padia SA, Chewning RH, Kogut MJ, Ingraham CR, Johnson GE, Bhattacharya R, Kwan SW, Monsky WL, Vaidya S, Hippe DS, Valji K. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2015 Aug;38(4):913-21. doi: 10.1007/s00270-014-1009-8. Epub 2014 Nov 7.

June 2015. Multidisciplinary perspective of hepatocellular carcinoma: A Pacific Northwest experience. Yeh MM, Yeung RS, Apisarnthanarax S, Bhattacharya R, Cuevas C, Harris WP, Hon TL, Padia SA, Park JO, Riggle KM, Daoud SS. World J Hepatol. 2015 Jun 18;7(11):1460-83. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v7.i11.1460. Review.

January 2015. Outcomes after Combined Liver Kidney Transplant versus Kidney Transplant Followed by Liver Transplant. Chan EY, Bhattacharya R, Eswaran S, Hertl M, Shah N, Fayek S, Cohen EB, Hollinger EF, Olaitan O, Jensik SC, Perkins JD. Clin Transplant. 2015 Jan;29(1):60-6. doi: 10.1111/ctr.12484. Epub 2014 Dec 1.

September 2014. D-MELD risk capping improves post-transplant and overall mortality under markov microsimulation. Halldorson JB, Jr RL, Bhattacharya R, Bakthavatsalam R, Liou IW, Dick AA, Reyes JD, Perkins JD. World J Transplant. 2014 Sep 24;4(3):206-15. doi: 10.5500/wjt.v4.i3.206.

April 2014. Advancing the High Throughput Identification of Disease Specific Protein Signatures Using Multiplexed Ion Mobility Spectrometry. Baker ES, Burnum-Johnson KE, Jacobs JM, Diamond DL, Brown RN, Ibrahim YM, Orton DJ, Piehowski PD, Purdy DE, Moore RJ, Danielson WF 3rd, Monroe ME, Crowell KL, Slysz GW, Gritsenko MA, Sandoval JD, Lamarche BL, Matzke MM, Webb-Robertson BJ, Simmons BC, McMahon BJ, Bhattacharya R, Perkins JD, Carithers RL Jr, Strom S, Self SG, Katze MG, Anderson GA, Smith RD. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2014 Apr;13(4):1119-27. doi: 10.1074/mcp.M113.034595. Epub 2014 Jan 8.

September 2013. The HALOS-ND model: a step in the journey of predicting hospital length of stay after liver transplantation. Krishnan KR, Bhattacharya R, Pereira A, Otto AK, Carithers RL Jr, Reyes JD, Perkins JD. Clin Transplant. 2013 Nov;27(6):809-22. doi: 10.1111/ctr.12217. Epub 2013 Sep 2.

January 2013. Impact of locoregional therapy and alpha-fetoprotein on outcomes in transplantation for liver cancer: a UNOS Region 6 pooled analysis. Wong LL, Naugler WE, Schwartz J, Scott DL, Bhattacharya R, Reyes J, Orloff SL. Clin Transplant. 2013 Jan;27(1):E72-9. doi: 10.1111/ctr.12056. Epub 2012 Dec 30.

September 2012. Clinical factors predicting readmission after orthotopic liver transplantation. Pereira AA, Bhattacharya R, Carithers R, Reyes J, Perkins J. Liver Transpl. 2012 Sep;18(9):1037-45. doi: 10.1002/lt.23475

July 2012. Proteome and computational analyses reveal new insights into the mechanisms of hepatitis C virus mediated liver disease post-transplantation. Diamond DL, Krasnoselsky AL, Burnum KE, Monroe ME, Webb-Robertson BJ, McDermott JE, Yeh MM, Dzib JF, Susnow N, Strom S, Proll SC, Belisle SE, Purdy DE, Rasmussen AL, Walters KA, Jacobs JM, Gritsenko MA, Camp DG, Bhattacharya R, Perkins JD, Carithers RL Jr, Liou IW, Larson AM, Benecke A, Waters KM, Smith RD, Katze MG. Hepatology. 2012 Jul;56(1):28-38. doi: 10.1002/hep.25649. Epub 2012 Apr 24.

December 2010. The use of hepatitis B core antibody-positive donor livers does not appear to have a deleterious effect on graft survival in liver transplantation for hepatitis C. Rayhill S, Schwartz J, Ham J, Carithers R, Lei Y, Bhattacharya R, Liou I, Landis C, Lamaye A, Rakita R, Dick A, Healey P, Halldorson J, Bhakthavatsalam R, Perkins J, Reyes J. Transplant Proc. 2010 Dec;42(10):4141-4. doi: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2010.09.023.

November 2009. Fulminant hepatic failure after use of the herbal weight-loss supplement exilis. McDonnell WM, Bhattacharya R, Halldorson JB. Ann Intern Med. 2009 Nov 3;151(9):673-4

September 2007. HFE C282Y mutations are associated with advanced hepatic fibrosis in Caucasians with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Nelson JE, Bhattacharya R, Lindor KD, Chalasani N, Raaka S, Heathcote EJ, Miskovsky E, Shaffer E, Rulyak SJ, Kowdley KV Hepatology. 2007 Sep;46(3):723-9

October 2005. Breath ammonia testing for diagnosis of hepatic encephalopathy DuBois S, Eng S, Bhattacharya R, Rulyak S, Hubbard T, Putnam D, Kearney DJ. Dig Dis Sci. 2005 Oct;50(10):1780-4.

March 2003. Hepatitis C and alcohol: interactions, outcomes, and implications Bhattacharya R, Shuhart MC. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2003 Mar;36(3):242-52

November 2002. Liver involvement in patients with solid tumors of nonhepatic origin Bhattacharya R, Rao S, Kowdley KV. Clin Liver Dis. 2002 Nov;6(4):1033-43, x

September 2001. Liver transplantation in the elderly: is caution warranted? Bhattacharya R, Kowdley KV Hepatology. 2001 Sep;34(3):604-5.

Contact Info

M.D., University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

Residency in Medicine, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship in Gastroenterology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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