(Philadelphia, PA) - Dr. Kirti Shetty has been appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

After earning her medical degree in 1991 from Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, Dr. Shetty completed her residencies in medicine and internal medicine at William Harvey Hospital (Ashford, United Kingdom) and Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Cleveland, Ohio), respectively. In 1997, she began a three-year fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Connecticut, which was followed by a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in liver diseases at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York. Dr. Shetty also served as an Instructor in Medicine during her fellowship at Mount Sinai.

A gastroenterology specialist, Dr. Shetty's research interests include liver cancer and clinical outcomes following liver transplantation. In the past six years, Dr. Shetty has received a number of grants and awards as a result of her research activities -- most recently earning a two-year, $100,000 American College of Gastroenterology Junior Faculty Career Development Award. Very early in her medical career, she won the Outstanding Resident Research Award while at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Shetty has authored or co-authored original research papers, editorials, reviews, and chapters of clinical textbooks. She has presented her work at professional meetings, and been invited to lecture at various medical schools in the nation. Dr. Shetty holds memberships in a number of national professional societies, including the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

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