Renuka Bhattacharya
Clinical Professor
Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program
Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program
Division of Gastroenterology

Faculty Information


Renuka Bhattacharya, M.D., is medical director of UW’s liver transplant program and a UW associate professor of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Bhattacharya is involved in liver transplant policy on a local, regional and national level and has a passion for the care of patients with liver disease.

Dr. Bhattacharya earned her M.D. at the University of Virginia. She enjoys her role as an educator and serves as the program director for the UW’s Transplant Hepatology fellowship program.

Her interests include the treatment of liver cancer, liver transplant, hepatitis B and C, autoimmune hepatitis and other acute and chronic liver diseases. She is involved in multiple areas of liver related research, including transplant and liver cancer projects.

Board Certifications:

  • Transplant Hepatology, 2010, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Gastroenterology, 2003, American Board of Internal Medicine
Education & Training: 
Fellowship in Gastroenterology
University of Washington
Residency in Internal Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Internship in Internal Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Medical Education
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Research & Clinical Interests
Clinical Interests: 
  • Gastroenterology (Digestive)
  • Liver Transplant and Evaluation
  • Hepatology (Liver)

Ikuta K, Roychoudhury P, Xie H, Mcclurkan CL, Walkiewicz M, Makhsous N, Huang ML, Beru Y, Alam M, Shepherd A, Lamotte ED, Patel K, Morris A, Ҫoruh B, Yu L, Bhattacharya R, Cheng R, Walter RB, Limaye AP, Lockwood CM, Holland SM, Rakita RM, Koelle DM, Greninger AL. Trillions and Trillions: Herpes Simplex Virus-1 Hepatitis in an Immunocompetent Adult. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2019 Nov 5;6(11)

Bosch DE, Koro K, Richards E, Hoch BL, Jalikis F, Koch LK, Swanson PE, Truong CD, Liou I, Yu L, Bhattacharya R, Yeh MM. Validation of a Congestive Hepatic Fibrosis Scoring System. Am J Surg Pathol. 2019 Jun;43(6):766-772.

Liu AW, Jutivorakool K, Fisher CE, Rakita RM, Reyes JD, Bhattacharya RB, Jerome KR, Limaye AP. Comparison of Preemptive Therapy and Antiviral Prophylaxis for Prevention of Cytomegalovirus in Seropositive Liver Transplant Recipients. Transplantation 2018 Apr;102(4):632-639

Bajema KL, Simonson PD, Greninger AL, Çoruh B, Pottinger PS, Bhattacharya R, Liou IW, Jalikis FG, Fligner CL, Rakita RM. Acute Liver Failure Due to Echovirus 9 Associated With Persistent B-Cell Depletion From Rituximab. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017 Aug 14;4(3):ofx174

Padia SA, Johnson GE, Horton KJ, Ingraham CR, Kogut MJ, Kwan S, Vaidya S, Monsky WL, Park JO, Bhattacharya R, Hippe DS, Harris WP. Segmental Yttrium-90 Radioembolization versus Segmental Chemoembolization for Localized Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Results of a Single-Center, Retrospective, Propensity Score-Matched Study. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2017 Jun;28(6):777-785.e1.

Cox-North P, Hawkins KL, Rossiter ST, Hawley MN, Bhattacharya R, Landis CS. Sofosbuvir-based regimens for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in severe renal dysfunction. Hepatol Commun. 2017 Apr 18;1(3):248-255

Sibulesky L, Leca N, Blosser C, Rahnemai-Azar AA, Bhattacharya R, Reyes J. Is MELD score failing patients with liver disease and hepatorenal syndrome? World J Hepatol. 2016 Sep 28;8(27):1155-1156.

Cynthia E. Fisher, Jacob Alexander, Renuka Bhattacharya, Robert M. Rakita, Katharine A. Kirby, Michael Boeckh, and Ajit P. Limaye. Sensitivity of Blood and Tissue Diagnostics for Gastrointestinal Cytomegalovirus Disease in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients. Transplant Infectious Disease 2016.

Cheng RG, Bhattacharya R, Yeh MM, Padia SA. Irreversible Electroporation can effectively ablate hepatocellular carcinoma to complete pathologic necrosis. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2015 Aug; 26(8); 1184-8.

Yeh MM, Yeung RS, Apisarnthanarax S, Bhattacharya R, Cuevas C, Daoud SS. Multidisciplinary perspective of hepatocellular carcinoma: A Pacific Northwest experience. World J Hepatol 2015 Jun 18; 7(11):1460-83.

Chan EY, Bhattacharya R, Eswaran S, Hertl M, Shah N, Fayek S, Cohen EB, Hollinger EF, Olaitan O, Jensik SC, Perkins JD. Outcomes after combined liver-kidney transplant vs. kidney transplant followed by liver transplant. Clin Transplant. 2015 Jan;29(1):60-6.

Padia SA, Chewning RH, Kogut MJ, Ingraham CR, Johnson GE, Bhattacharya R, Kwan SW, Monsky WL, Vaidya S, Hippe DS, Valji K. Outcomes of Locoregional Tumor Therapy for Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2014 Nov 7.

Halldorson JB, Jr RL, Bhattacharya R, Bakthavatsalam R, Liou IW, Dick AA, Reyes JD, Perkins JD. D-MELD risk capping improves post-transplant and overall mortality under markov microsimulation. World J Transplant. 2014 Sep 24;4(3):206-15.

Baker ES, et al. Advancing the Hight Throughput Identification of Liver Fibrosis Protein Signatures Using Multiplexed Ion Mobility Spectrometry. Molecular and Celluar Proteomics 2014 Apr;13(4):1119-27.

Krishnan KR, Bhattacharya R, Pereira A, Carithers R, Reyes JD, Perkins JD. The HALOS-ND model: a step in the journey of predicting hospital length of stay after liver transplantation. Clin Transplant 2013 Nov-Dec; 27(6):809-22.

Wong LL, Naugler WE, Schwartz J, Scott DL, Bhattacharya R, Reyes J, Orloff SL. Impact of locoregional therapy and alpha-fetoprotein on outcomes in transplantation for liver cancer: a UNOS Region 6 pooled analysis. Clin Transplant 2013 Jan-Feb; 27(1):72-79.

Pereira AA, Bhattacharya R, Carithers R, Reyes JD, Perkins, JD. Clinical factors predicting readmission after orthotopic liver transplantation. Liver Transpl 2012 Sep; 18(9):1037-45.

Diamond DL, et al. Proteome and computational analyses reveal new insights into the mechanisms of hepatitis C virus-mediated liver disease posttransplantation. Hepatology 2012 Jul; 56(1):28-38.

Nelson, J, Bhattacharya R, Lindor KD, Chalasani N, Heathcote EJ, Rulyak S, Kowdley K. HFE C282Y mutations are associated with advanced hepatic fibrosis in Caucasians with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Hepatology 2007 Sep; 46(3):723-9.

DuBois S, Eng S, Bhattacharya R, Hubbard T, Putnam D, and Kearney DJ. Breath Ammonia Testing for Diagnosis of Hepatic Encephalopathy. Dig Dis Sci 2005 Oct; 50(10):1780-1784

Bhattacharya R, Shuhart M. Hepatitis C and alcohol: interactions, outcomes, and implications. J Clin Gastro 2003 Mar; 36(3):242-52.

Bhattacharya R, Rao S, Kowdley KV. Liver involvement in patients with solid tumors of non-hepatic origin. Clinics in Liver Disease 2002 Nov; 6(4):1033-43.

Bhattacharya R, Kowdley KV. Liver transplantation in the elderly: is caution warranted? Hepatology 2001; 34:604-5.