Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

Program Leadership

Program Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
Richard K. Sterling, MD, MSc
(see profiles below for more information)

Medical Director, Liver Transplantation
R. Todd Stravitz, MD
(see profiles below for more information)

Division Chair, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
John (Jay) Keummerle, MD
(see profiles below for more information)


    Richard K. Sterling, MD, MScProgram Director,
    Richard K. Sterling, MD, MSc

    Program Director, Transplant Hepatology
    Medical Director, HIV-Liver Disease
    Section Chief, Hepatology
    Professor of Medicine





    Professional Profile

    Dr. Sterling received his BS in Chemistry and Natural Science from Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pa in 1982, a MA in Biochemistry from the University of Texas in Austin in 1984, and a MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1988.  After completing an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in, he went on to complete a fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at VCU which include specialized training in Transplant Hepatology in 1994. He served on the faculty of University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University where he was associate Medical Director of Liver Transplantation 1994-1997. He returned to VCU in 1997 and is currently a VCU Hepatology Professor of Medicine (promoted to tenure June 2011) in the Divisions of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and Infectious Diseases.

    Dr. Sterling is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Liver Transplantation and has a Master’s degree in Biostatistics and Clinical Research from VCU.  He is currently Section Chief of Hepatology and Medical Director of the HIV-Liver Disease Clinic at VCUHS and Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Director. 

    His research interest is in HIV-liver disease which is supported by several NIH grants and is an active member of the ACTG Hepatitis Committee.  He is site Principle Investigator (PI) for the Hepatitis B Research Network and was PI for the HALT-C trial, both sponsored by the NIH.  Other research interests include biomarkers for hepatocellular carcinoma, viral hepatitis, and liver transplantation.  He has published over 130 papers and serves on several prominent committees of national associations such as The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the American College of Gastroenterology and on several study sections of the NIH.  He is currently the ACG Governor for Virginia. 

    During his time at VCU, he has served on several important VCU committees including the IRB, the Blood Borne Pathogen committee, and was a member of VCU Faculty Senate.  He is currently on the University Conflict of Interest Committee and the IRB Leadership Executive Committee. He has won numerous awards for teaching and was voted “Top Doc” in 2012 and 2013 Richmond magazine.