Mark J. Czaja, MD, FAASLD

Professor of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine

Office: 615 Michael Street, Suite 201, Atlanta, GA 30322

Phone: 404-712-2867

Email: mark.j.czaja@emory.edu

Biography

Mark Czaja, MD, FAASLD is a professor of medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Czaja completed his undergraduate education at Yale University and received an MD from Columbia University. He completed internal medicine clinical training at Case Western Reserve University and gastroenterology/hepatology clinical training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After doing postdoctoral research on hepatic fibrosis at Einstein, Dr. Czaja joined their faculty, where he remained for a number of years before assuming his present position at Emory.

Dr. Czaja's National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research attempts to understand the mechanisms of liver injury and hepatocyte death in order to develop new therapeutic approaches to prevent human liver failure. These investigations have defined signal transduction pathways that mediate liver injury from inflammatory factors such as the cytokine tumor necrosis factor and oxidants during toxin-induced liver injury, and regulate the development of steatosis and the progression to steatohepatitis in fatty liver disease. His laboratory first described the metabolism of endogenous cellular lipids through the lysosomal pathway of autophagy, and additional work in his laboratory has delineated functions for autophagy in both hepatocytes and macrophages that limit liver injury.

Dr. Czaja has held numerous positions, including associate editor and editorial board member of major scientific journals as well as chair or member on NIH study sections and national committees. He has served on the Governing Board of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians as well as a Fellow of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

CLINICAL SPECIALTIES & INTERESTS

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • 1980, MD, Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY
  • 1980 - 1981, Medical Intern, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve, University, Cleveland, OH
  • 1981 - 1983, Medical Resident, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve, University, Cleveland, OH
  • 1983 - 1987, Clinical Fellow in Gastroenterology-Hepatology, Unified Training Program of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • 1984 - 1986, Research Fellow in Gastroenterology-Hepatology, Liver Research Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • 1986 - 1987, Senior Research Fellow in Gastroenterology-Hepatology, Liver Research Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • 1976 Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society
  • 1985 American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
  • 1986 American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
  • 1986 American Liver Foundation/American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Fellow Prize
  • 1987 Clinical Investigator Award - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • 2007 American Liver Foundation Distinguished Service Award
  • 2011 Election to Association of American Physicians (AAP)
  • 2014 Fellow American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Physiological Association
  • Association of American Physicians
  • Research Society on Alcoholism

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • 1987 - 1993, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • 1993 - 2000,  Associate Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • 2000 - 2015, Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • 2007 - 2013, Program Director, Hepatology Research Training Grant, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • 2009 - 2015, Professor with Tenure, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • 2015 - present, Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS

  • 1987 - 2010, Attending Physician, Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • 1987 - 2015, Attending Physician, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • 2015 - present, Attending Physician, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA

Publications