Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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photo Ramon Bataller, MD, PhD

Chief of Hepatology


Phone: 412-647-4932

Office: Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, MUH 7
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-4932
Fax: 412-647-9268
Administrative Assistant:
Cathy Freehling
Address: 900 Kaufmann Building
3471 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-4932
Fax: 412-647-9268
Education and Training
MD, University of Valencia - Valencia, Spain, 1994
Research Fellow (PhD), Liver Unit, Hospital Clinic - Barcelona, Spain, 2000
Resident & Board Certification/Gastroenterology, Hospital Clinic - Barcelona, Spain, 1994
Research Interest
As the chief of hepatology, Dr. Bataller's research interests include liver fibrosis and the mechanisms and determinants of mortality of alcoholic liver disease. He has performed translational studies including human samples and experimental models of liver disease primarily. A more recent research interest of Dr. Battaler involves his exploration of the global public health aspects of alcoholic liver disease. He is the PI for an NIH-funded consortium (InTeam) for translational research of alcoholic hepatitis. InTeam main goals include the identification of molecular subtypes and the identification of novel targets for therapy.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Bataller's clinical interests include the management of patients with alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and critically-ill cirrhotic patients.
Educational Interest
Dr. Bataller is committed to advanced education in hepatology related to the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition's accredited gastroenterology and advanced hepatology fellowships.
Selected Publications:
Marin V, Poulsen K, Odena G, McMullen MR, Altamirano J, Sancho-Bru P, Tiribelli C, Caballeria J, Rosso N, Bataller R, E Nagy L. Hepatocyte-derived macrophage migration inhibitory factor mediates alcohol-induced liver injury in mice and patients. Journal of Hepatology. 2017; Epub ahead of print.
Altamirano J, Lopez-Pelayo H, Michelena J, Jones PD, Ortega L, Gines P, Caballeria J, Gual A, Bataller R, Lligona A. Alcohol abstinence in patients surviving an episode of alcoholic hepatitis: Prediction and impact on long-term survival. Hepatology. 2017; Epub ahead of print.
Yang AM, Inamine T, Hochrath K, Chen P, Wang L, Llorente C, Bluemel S, Hartmann P, Xu J, Koyama Y, Kisseleva T, Torralba MG, MonceraK, Beeri K, Chen CS, Freese K..., Bataller R, Starkel P, Fouts DE, Schnabl B. Intestinal fungi contribute to development of alcoholic liver disease. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2017; 127(7): 2829-41.
Ndugga N, Lightbourne TG, Javaherian K, Cabezas J, Verma N, Barriett AS 4th, Bataller R. Disparities between research attention and burden in liver diseases: Implications on uneven advances in pharmacological therapies in Europe and the USA. BMJ Open. 2017; 7(3): e013620.
Stickel F, Datz C, Hampe J, Bataller R. Pathophysiology and management of alcoholic liver disease: Update 2016. Gut Liver. 2016; 11(2): 173-88.
Odena G, Chen J, Lozano JJ, Altamirano J, Rodrigo-Torres D, Affo S, Morales-Ibanez O, Matsushita H, Zou J, Dumitru R, Caballeria J, Gines P, Arroyo V, You M, Rautou PE, Valla D, Cres F,, Seki E, Sancho-Bru P, Bataller R. LPS-TLR4 pathway mediates ductular cell expansion in alcoholic hepatitis. Scientific Reports. 2016; 6: 35610.
Stein D, Cruz-Lemini M, Altamirano J, Ndugga N, Couper D, Abraldes JG, Bataller R. Heavy daily alcohol intake at the population level predicts the weight of alcohol in cirrhosis burden worldwide. Journal of Hepatology. 2016; 65(5): 998-1005.
Shah N, Bataller R. Cell-based therapy to reverse advanced alcoholic liver fibrosis. Annuals of Hepatology. 2016; 5(5): 806-8.
Cheong J, Galanko JA, Arora S, Cabezas J, Ndugga NJ, Lucey MR, Hayashi PH, Barritt AS, Bataller R. Reduced impact of renal failure on the outcome of patients with alcoholic liver disease undergoing liver transplantation. Liver International. 2017; 37(2): 290-8.
Farooq MO, Bataller R. Pathogenesis and management of alcoholic liver disease. Digest Diseases and Sciences. 2016; 34(4): 347-55.
Notable Achievements
Honoary Member of the faculty of Medicine, University of Antiquia, Colombia, 2015
Best Poster Presentation, 46th Annual Meeting of the European association for the Study of the Liver, 2011
Research Recognition Award from the Institut d'Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Barcelona, 2010
Posdoctoral Research Fellowship Award from the American Liver Foundation - Chapel Hill, NC, 2003