Christopher Bowlus, a nationally recognized expert in liver diseases, is the new chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UC Davis Health System.
In this role, Bowlus leads clinicians and researchers who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of digestive diseases, including disorders of the liver, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, and pancreas. They are at the forefront of investigating the causes of liver diseases, improving the delivery of care for digestive diseases and advancing new endoscopic technologies. He will also continue the division’s longstanding history of training outstanding clinical gastroenterologists and hepatologists.
Bowlus’ own clinical expertise focuses on treating patients with rare bile duct diseases such as primary biliary cholangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis. He also conducts research aimed at identifying the underlying genetics of and expanding treatment options for these diseases.
A leader in reducing racial disparities in liver health, Bowlus heads the Sacramento Collaborative to Advance Testing and Care of Hepatitis B — or SCRATCH B. Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this initiative links health care providers with community organizations to address barriers to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of hepatitis B and liver cancer among Asian Americans, a population with disproportionately high rates of these diseases. He also leads a study funded by the National Cancer Institute to determine the biologic basis of disparities in liver cancer survival among Asian Americans.
“Dr. Bowlus is a great addition to our department’s leadership team,” said Tim Albertson, chair of the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine. “His colleagues have long sought his expertise in liver diseases and conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract. And his patients have always benefited from his dedication to providing the best in clinical care.”
After earning his medical degree at St. Louis University, Bowlus completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at UC Davis and his fellowship in gastroenterology at Yale University. He joined the UC Davis faculty in 1998, where he has held several leadership positions, including chair of the Committee for Research Affairs.
For more than a decade, Bowlus has guided the next generation of specialists as director of the gastroenterology fellowship program. In the community, he has held leadership positions with the American Liver Foundation, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, PSC Partners Seeking a Cure and American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.
Bowlus receives an annual base salary of $176,200. Additional information about his compensation is available upon request.
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