Rohit Loomba, M.D., MHSc

Professor of Medicine, Director of Hepatology, at University of California at San Diego

Dr. Loomba is a Professor of Medicine, Director of Hepatology, at University of California at San Diego. He is an internationally recognized thought leader in translational research and innovative clinical trial design in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and non-invasive assessment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) using advanced imaging modalities.

Dr. Loomba is the founding director of the UCSD NAFLD Research Center where his team is conducting cutting edge research in all aspects of NAFLD including non-invasive biomarkers, genetics, epidemiology, clinical trial design, imaging endpoints, and integrated OMICs using microbiome, metabolome and lipidome. This integrated approach has led to several innovative applications such as establishment of MRI-PDFF as a non-invasive biomarker of treatment response in early phase trials in NASH, which has now been adopted in more than 50 clinical trials conducted worldwide. He holds a patent on non-invasive biomarkers of NASH and fibrosis. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health including three R01s, three U01 (two NIDDK and one from NIAAA), core director of P30 (NIDDK) and project director P01 (NHLBI) grant mechanisms, Foundation of NIH, National Science Foundation as well as several investigator-initiated research projects funded by the industry. He is the Principal Investigator, UCSD, for the NIDDK-sponsored NASH Clinical Research Network. He served as the elected Chair of the NAFLD, Special Interest Group of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. And is the elected member to the National Board of Directors of the American Liver Foundation.

He serves on the Editorial Board of Gastroenterology, Journal of Hepatology, GUT and Nature Reviews in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He recently completed a 5-year term as the Deputy Editor of HEPATOLOGY, the official journal of the AASLD. Currently, he serves as the co-Editor of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an international journal in the field of gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. Loomba has published more than 350 manuscripts and has an H-index of 99. He is among the top 1% of the globally highly cited scientists across all fields in 2019, 2020 and 2021 by Web of Science. He is an elected member of American Society of Clinical Investigation.