Fred Poordad is Chief Medical Officer at the Texas Liver Institute and Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio since July 2012. Previously he was Chief of Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr Poordad is also an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr Poordad received his bachelor's and medical doctorate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Thomas Medical Center and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Dr Poordad also completed fellowships in gastroenterology at the University of South Carolina and in hepatology/liver transplantation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine A member of such organizations as the American Medical Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the European Society for the Study of Liver, the American Society of Transplantation and the International Liver Transplantation Society, Dr Poordad lectures both nationally and internationally on the topic of liver disease and transplantation. He has an active clinical research department which studies solid organ transplantation in HIV, artificial liver devices, fatty liver disease, and small molecule therapies for viral hepatitis. Dr Poordad has authored numerous book chapters and publishes in such journals as Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Liver Transplantation, the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Hepatology, the American Journal of Transplantation, and the International Journal of Artificial Organs. Dr Poordad serves on educational committees for the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the American Society of Transplantation, and the American College of Gastroenterology. He is on the editorial board of several journals, and is a regular peer reviewer for multiple journals, as well as for the AGA and AASLD annual meetings.