Lisa B. VanWagner, M.D., M.Sc., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases. She serves as the Division's Director of Clinical Research and focuses her clinical practice on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)/nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a condition associated with high cardiovascular risk, and patients with liver disease due to congenital heart disease, heart failure and those undergoing heart-liver transplantation.
Dr. VanWagner holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, and completed residency training at Northwestern University's McGaw Medical Center in Chicago, where she served as Chief Resident and obtained a master's degree in clinical investigation from the Northwestern University Graduate School. She then remained at Northwestern to receive advanced training through a fellowship program in gastroenterology and hepatology, followed by an advanced fellowship program in transplant hepatology.
Dr. VanWagner joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2022.
Her clinical research laboratory utilizes human population-based approaches, large electronic health record data analysis, and health services research methods to define and characterize cardiometabolic disease risk prediction, prevention, and treatment approaches in patients with chronic liver disease. Her scientific work has been recognized by leading professional organizations, with awards from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), American Society of Transplantation (AST), and American Heart Association (AHA). She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has received NIH, foundation, and industry funding to support her scientific work.
She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, American Gastrointestinal Association, American Society for Transplantation, American Heart Association, European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the International Liver Transplantation Society.
During her free time, Dr. VanWagner enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
- Medical School
- University of Virginia School of Medicine (2007)
- McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (2010), Internal Medicine
- Graduate School
- Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2011)
- Other Post Graduate Training
- Northwestern University Graduate School (2011)
- Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2014), Gastroenterology
- Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2015), Transplant Hepatology
- Cardiovascular Risk Optimization in Liver Transplant Candidates and Recipients
- Defining the Role of TIPS in Portal Hypertension
- Identification and Management of Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy
- Mechanisms Linking NAFLD and Cardiovascular Disease
Honors & Awards
- Outstanding Article Award in Clinical Transplantation
American Journal of Transplantation (2021)
- Young Physician-Scientist Award
American Society for Clinical Investigation (2021)
American Society for Transplantation (2018)
American Heart Association (2018)
- Faculty Teaching Award
Northwestern University (2017)
- Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators
Northwestern University (2017)
American Heart Association Sandra Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (2017)
- American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
- American Gastrointestinal Association
- American Heart Association
- American Society for Transplantation
- European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
- International Liver Transplantation Society