Bassett Resident Karn Wijarnpreecha, MD, Recipient of 2016 AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar Award

Bassett Medical Center

July 12, 2016

AASLD meeting 2015.jpgCooperstown, NY – Karn Wijarnpreecha, MD, internal medicine resident completing his first year at Bassett Medical Center, has been selected as a recipient of the fifth annual Emerging Liver Scholar (ELS) Resident Travel Awards by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

As part of a highly accomplished group of residents from internal medicine, surgery, pediatric, and pathology programs across the United States, Wijarnpreecha will attend The Liver Meeting 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts, alongside AASLD leadership, faculty mentors, former and current ELS recipients. Scholars will attend workshops on career development, clinical research and transplant surgery.

“I have been interested in liver disease since I was a medical student,” explains Wijarnpreecha. “During that time, I studied patients in Thailand who had been diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), one of the most common causes of chronic liver disease worldwide. I am inspired to continue investigative work on this subject.”

During his residency at Bassett, Wijarnpreecha conducted research with several colleagues and mentor Kiran R. Nakkala, MD, MPH, on the connection between sugar-sweetened soda consumption and NAFLD, as well as sleep deprivation and its relationship to NAFLD. Both studies revealed statistically significant evidence of a heightened risk for NAFLD. Wijarnpreecha’s research articles were published in QJM: An International Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, respectively.

“I truly believe that these findings may impact clinical management and primary prevention of NAFLD in the future,” he says. “I am very grateful for this recognition and humbled by it. I have enjoyed my time at Bassett.”

Created in 2010, the AASLD Emerging Liver Scholars Resident Program promotes the study of hepatology among residents who have the potential for a career in academic medicine and who haven’t yet determined their long-term career goals. This program is targeted toward medical, surgical, and pediatric residents and their mentors to attend The Liver Meeting each year and participate in other AASLD activities throughout their training.

About the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
AASLD is the leading medical organization for advancing the science and practice of hepatology. Founded by physicians in 1950, AASLD's vision is to prevent and cure liver diseases. Visit www.aasld.org for more information.

About Bassett Healthcare Network
Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes six corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. Bassett Medical Center, the foundation of the network, is a 180-bed acute care inpatient teaching hospital located in Cooperstown, NY. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/Bassett.Network and twitter.com/BassettNetwork.

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