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FAQ: Expert Biographies

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Hepatitis C Resource Centers

The Hepatitis C Resource Center (HCRC) network is an integral part of VA's National Hepatitis C Program. The four HCRCs are based at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Francisco; the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut; and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Washington, in collaboration with the VA Portland Medical Center, Portland, Oregon. These HCRCs develop best practices in hepatitis C prevention, clinical care, patient and provider education, and program evaluation for use within VA as well as for other medical care systems.

Rena K. Fox, MD

Dr. Rena Fox is a Clinical Professor in Medicine in General Internal Medicine at UCSF Medical Center. She is in the Division of General Internal Medicine and has a special interest in hepatitis C and viral hepatitis. She performs research into hepatitis C at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She cares for patients with hepatitis B and C at the Viral Hepatitis Practice at UCSF Medical Center. She is a member of the VA National Hepatitis C Resource Center in San Francisco, focusing on developing tools for primary care doctors to learn how to care for patients with hepatitis C and ways to improve hepatitis C care at VA sites around the country. She also serves as Medical Editor of the National VA Hepatitis C Website. Additionally, she has an active primary care practice and teaches clinical internal medicine to residents at the UCSF Medical Center.

She received her bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and then attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego. She performed her internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. She went on to a Clinician-Educator Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at UCSF in 2001 and has been on the faculty since that time.

Alex Monto, MD

Dr. Alex Monto, a liver specialist at UCSF Medical Center and the San Francisco VA Medical Center, cares for patients with all types of liver disease, but specializes in hepatitis C. In addition to caring for patients, he performs research into why some patients with hepatitis C have worse liver disease than others and how the hepatitis C and HIV viruses interact. He also serves as Medical Editor of the National VA Hepatitis C Web site, as well as being involved in improving hepatitis C care within the VA nationally as an Associate Director of the VA National Hepatitis C Resource Center in San Francisco. Dr. Monto is also Assistant Clinical Professor in Medicine at UCSF.

He attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and received internal medicine training at Columbia and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He completed Gastroenterology fellowship training at UCSF in 2001, and has been on the faculty since that time.

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