Yaron Rotman, M.D., M.Sc.
Liver Energy and Metabolism Section, Liver Diseases Branch
Building 10, Room 10N248C
10 Center Dr
Bethesda, MD 20814
+1 301 451 6553
My ultimate goal is to increase understanding of the pathophysiology of fatty liver disease to allow for development of better treatment options.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disorder in the western world and is closely associated with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and obesity. My main interest is in understanding the disease pathophysiology and through it, normal liver physiology. My studies focus on understanding the genetic aspects of fatty liver disease, its pathogenesis, the mechanisms of action of various treatment options, and the prediction of response to treatment.
Applying our Research
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is an extremely common disorder (affecting 30 percent of Americans) but currently has no approved therapy. Better understanding of the mechanisms of disease may allow for identification of druggable targets, better selection of patients for treatment, and early prediction of treatment response, with the overall effect of preventing death and suffering associated with the disease.
Need for Further Study
We need a better understanding of the mechanisms that cause some individuals to accumulate fat in the liver during caloric excess, while others are protected. Similarly, it is unclear why some individuals will develop liver injury and progressive disease after accumulating fat in their liver, while others maintain a relatively benign course. Finally, better treatment options are needed.
- Clinical Research Fellow, Liver Disease Branch, NIDDK, 2006-2009
- Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship, Rabin Medical Center, 2003-2006
- Internal Medicine Residency, Rabin Medical Center, 2000-20003
- M.D., Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, 2000
- M.Sc., Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School,2000
Ma Y, Belyaeva OV, Brown PM, Fujita K, Valles K, Karki S, de Boer YS, Koh C, Chen Y, Du X, Handelman SK, Chen V, Speliotes EK, Nestlerode C, Thomas E, Kleiner DE, Zmuda JM, Sanyal AJ, (for the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network)., Kedishvili NY, Liang TJ, Rotman Y. 17-Beta Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase 13 Is a Hepatic Retinol Dehydrogenase Associated With Histological Features of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Hepatology. 2019;69(4):1504-1519.
Podszun MC, Alawad AS, Lingala S, Morris N, Huang WA, Yang S, Schoenfeld M, Rolt A, Ouwerkerk R, Valdez K, Umarova R, Ma Y, Fatima SZ, Lin DD, Mahajan LS, Samala N, Violet PC, Levine M, Shamburek R, Gharib AM, Kleiner DE, Garraffo HM, Cai H, Walter PJ, Rotman Y. Vitamin E treatment in NAFLD patients demonstrates that oxidative stress drives steatosis through upregulation of de-novo lipogenesis. Redox Biol. 2020;37:101710.
Naguib G, Morris N, Yang S, Fryzek N, Haynes-Williams V, Huang WA, Norman-Wheeler J, Rotman Y. Dietary fatty acid oxidation is decreased in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A palmitate breath test study. Liver Int. 2020;40(3):590-597.
Takyar V, Nath A, Beri A, Gharib AM, Rotman Y. How healthy are the "Healthy volunteers"? Penetrance of NAFLD in the biomedical research volunteer pool. Hepatology. 2017;66(3):825-833.
Rotman Y, Koh C, Zmuda JM, Kleiner DE, Liang TJ, NASH CRN.. The association of genetic variability in patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing protein 3 (PNPLA3) with histological severity of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Hepatology. 2010;52(3):894-903.
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