Meet a Visionary
Victor Navarro, MD
Medical Director, Liver Transplantation
Co-chair, Department of Digestive Diseases and Transplantation
Division of Hepatology
Einstein Healthcare Network
PERSPECTIVES: Tell us about your role at Einstein.
DR. NAVARRO: My role is to expand our services for all digestive diseases─gastroenterology, liver disease and abdominal organ transplantation. At Einstein’s Department of Transplantation, we bring together hepatologists, nephrologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, specialized nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and several other disciplines to deliver completely patient-centered care and highly individualized treatments. We offer the latest technology, medications and interventions for kidney, liver and pancreatic disease, as well as clinical and surgical research programs that provide patients with access to new medical advances.
PERSPECTIVES: What is your background?
DR. NAVARRO: I am a first-generation American. My parents were Mexican. I grew up in Harrisburg. I attended medical school at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, then completed my internship at Temple University Hospital and my residency at the Temple University School of Medicine. My fellowship was at the Yale University School of Medicine in gastroenterology and hepatology. I was on the faculty at Yale from 1994 to 2001 before coming to Philadelphia in 2002 to take a position at Thomas Jefferson University. I am board-certified in multiple areas, having trained as an internist, a gastroenterologist and a transplant hepatologist.
PERSPECTIVES: When and why did you choose to join Einstein?
DR. NAVARRO: I came to Einstein in 2012. I was impressed with the organization’s commitment to grow the transplant enterprise and to expand the liver transplantation program, adding new surgeons and hepatologists, as well as an outreach team to take the message out to the gastroenterology community. I was especially taken by Einstein’s commitment to providing compassionate and respectful care for every patient. I was given the flexibility to develop educational programs for referring physicians, and could increase my administrative skills as a division chair and now as a department co-chair.
PERSPECTIVES: Why should patients chose Einstein for their care?
DR. NAVARRO: Ours is the only inpatient unit in the region dedicated to patients with liver disease. We keep as our guiding principle a high-quality, patient-centered environment, and this has served us well. Einstein consistently has one of the highest one-year adult liver transplant patient survival in the region and state. We focus on good outcomes for patients, and we fully involve the patient and their family in their care.
Victor J. Navarro, MD, sees patients in the Center for Advanced Liver Disease and Transplantation at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, as well as satellite offices throughout the region, including East Norriton, PA; Voorhees, NJ; and Wilmington, DE.