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Saleh Alqahtani, MBBS

Saleh Alqahtani, MBBS
Director of Clinical Liver Research
Assistant Professor of Medicine
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  • Director of Clinical Liver Research
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Centers & Institutes

  • Comprehensive Transplant Center
  • Digestive Disease, Center for
  • Gastroenterology and Nutrition Center
  • Infectious Disease Center for Viral Hepatitis


Cirrhosis, Colon Polyps, Colonoscopy, Digestive Diseases, Endoscopy, Fatty Liver, Gastroenterology, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Hepatitis, Hepatitis B virus infection (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus infection (HCV), Indigestion, Liver Biopsies, Liver Cancer, Liver Fibrosis, Liver Transplant, Liver Transplant Evaluation, Pancreatic and Biliary Disease

Research Interests

Fatty Liver Disease; Hepatitis C; Drug Induced Liver Injury; Hepatitis B; Liver Cancer


Dr. Saleh Alqahtani is the Director of Clinical Liver Research at Johns Hopkins University. He's expert in Liver Diseases, Endoscopy and Liver Transplant. Dr. Alqahtani spent 2 years prior to joining Johns Hopkins Hospital as the Associate Director of Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Alqahtani also served as Instructor in Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Alqahtani has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally, having lectured in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Dr. Alqahtani has been recognized with several awards and honors, authored numerous publications and book chapters and is board-certified in Transplant Hepatology, Gastroenterology and Internal medicine


  • English
  • Arabic

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • Hepatitis C

Additional Resources

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  • Education +


    • King Abdul Aziz University (Jeddah) (1999)


    • University of Western OntarioSchulich Medicine & Dentistry / Internal Medicine (LondonOntario) (2004)


    • Mayo Clinic Medical School College of Medicine (Rochester MN ) (2008)
    • University of Calgary / Gastroenterology (Calgary Alberta) (2007)


    • Transplant Hepatology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2010)
    • Gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2007)
    • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2004)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications


    • Alqahtani SA, Coffin CS, Burak KW, Chen F, MacGregor J, Beck P. Hepatic portal venous gas: a report of two cases and a review of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and approach to management. Canadian J of Gastroenterology. 2007 May; 21(5):309-13.
    • Alqahtani SA, Federico P, Myers RP. A case of valproate-induced hyperammonemic encephalopathy: look beyond the liver. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2007 Sep 11; 177(6):568-9.
    • Asfaha S, Alqahtani SA, Maclean T, Hilsden B, Beck PB. Assessment of Endoscopic Training of General Surgery Residents in a North American Health Region. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2008 Dec; 68(6): 1056-62.
    • Federico P, Alqahtani SA, Myers RP. Possible new clinical sign of hyperammonemia. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2008 Jan 29; 178 (3). 
    • Alqahtani SA. Hepatitis C, What Clinicians need to know? Canadian Journal of Diagnosis. 2008 Jan 1. P: 72-76 
    • Alqahtani SA, Lee SS, Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Seminars in Liver Disease Journal. 2008, Feb, 28(1): 59-69
    • Alqahtani SA, Sanchez W. Statins Are Safe for the Treatment of Hypercholestrolemia in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease. Gastroenterology Journal. 2008 July 8
    • Alhamoudi WK, Alqahtani SA, Ma M, Lee SS. Hemodynamic in the Immediate Postoperative Period after Liver Transplantation in Alcoholic and Post-viral Cirrhosis. World J Gastroenterol. 2010 Feb 7; 16(5): 608-12.
    • Alhamoudi W, Mohamed H, Abaalkhail F, Kamel Y, Almasiro N, Allam N, Alqahtani SA, Alosofyan M, Khalaff H, Alsebeyel M, Aljedai A, Abdo A. Treatment of Genotype-4 Hepatitis C Recurring After Liver Transplantation Using a Combination of Pegylated Interferon Alfa-2a and Ribavirin. Digestive Diseases and Sciences Journal, 2011 Jan 8. 
    • Alqahtani SA, Larson AM. Adult Liver transplantation in the USA. Curr Opin Gastroenterology. 2011 May; 27(3): 240-7 
    • Alqahtani SA. Update in Liver transplantation. Current opinion in Gastroenterology, Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2012 May; 28 (3): 230-8. 
    • Alqahtani SA. Update in Liver transplantation. Discov Med. 2012 Aug; 14(75):133-41. 
    • Al-Hamoudi W, Ali S, Hegab B, Elsiesy H, Hashim A, Al-Sofayan M, Khalaf H, Al-Bahili H, Al-Masri N, Al-Sebayel M, Broering D, Abdo A, Alqahtani SA, Abaalkhail F. Revising the upper limit of normal for levels of serum alanine aminotransferase in a middle eastern population with normal liver histology. Dig Dis Sci. 2013 Aug; 58(8):2369-75 
    • Singal AG, Dharia TD, Malet PF, Alqahtani SA, Zhang S, Cuthbert JA. Long-term benefit of hepatitis C therapy in a safety net hospital system: a cross-sectional study with median 5-year follow-up. BMJ Open, 2013 Sep 3;3(9) 
    • Woreta T, Alqahtani SA, Evaluation of Abnormal Liver Tests. Medical Clinics of North America Journal.  2014 Jan;98(1):1-16

    Book Chapters

    • Alqahtani SA, Watt K. Liver transplantation: Indications and patient selection. In Practical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. ISBN 978-1405182751. Wiley-Blackwell. 2010 
    • Alqahtani SA, Larson AM, Liver transplantation for acute liver failure. In Liver transplantation. ISBN 978-953-51-0016-4, InTech, February 2012 
    • Alqahtani SA. Nutrition in Digestive and Liver Diseases, Integrative Nutrition Therapy , Book, Taylor & Francis Pub. (in press)

    Clinical Trials

    Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, Fatty Liver Disease, Liver Cancer & Liver Transplant

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  • Videos & Media +


    Hepatitis C - What You Need To Know

    Saleh Alqahtani, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology & Hepatology, discusses what you need to know about Hepatitis C. For more information:

    Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease - Q&A

    Saleh Alqahtani, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology & Hepatology answers questions about nonalchoholic fatty disease, including the causes, symptoms and treatments. Learn more about this condition:

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    New Therapy for Hepatitis C, Inside Tract, July 5, 2013 

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