Saul J. Karpen, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics, Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Biomedical Chair, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Emory University School Medicine/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
He received his MD-PhD degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, studying transcriptional regulation of HBV. He then went to Yale School of Medicine for Pediatrics Residency and Pediatric GI/Hepatology Fellowship, before joining Faculty from 1994-2000, where he focused his research focused upon on newly-emerging fields of nuclear receptor regulation of liver metabolism and cholestasis.
From 2000-2011, he was founder and Director of the Texas Children’s Liver Center, Professor of Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine where he continued working on clinical and basic components of liver pathobiology and nuclear receptors. Dr. Karpen has > 130 peer-reviewed publications on both clinical and basic research topics, filled leadership roles in several national societies & NIH Consortia, and organized several international conferences. His overall goals are to develop integrative programs to improve clinical care through research, discover rational therapeutic targets to develop safe and effective pharmaceuticals—all focused upon the unique and pressing needs of infants and children with liver diseases, including biliary atresia, other forms of cholestasis and NAFLD.