Zobair M. Younossi, MD, MPH, FACP, FACG, AGAF, is the chairman of the Department of Medicine at Inova Fairfax Hospital, the vice president for research of Inova Health System and the executive director of the Center for Liver Diseases at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He also holds faculty appointments as professor of medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University - Inova Campus and affiliate professor of biomedical sciences at George Mason University.
Dr. Younossi earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York (Alpha Omega Alpha, 1989), and completed his residency in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, California. During his residency and fellowship, he earned his master of public health degree from San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Public Health in San Diego, California, being awarded the Hanlon Award and Outstanding Student Award for SDSU. He then served as the Staff Hepatologist and Senior Researcher at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio (1995-2000).
In 2000, Dr. Younossi was recruited to establish Inova’s Center for Liver Diseases. The center is currently well known for its excellence in clinical hepatology, teaching, and research. Inova’s Center for Liver Diseases is not only involved in “cutting-edge” clinical trial protocols and outcomes research projects, but has also pioneered research in genomics and proteomics of obesity and its related liver diseases. The center has participated in over 70 research projects in translational research, outcomes research, and “cutting-edge” clinical trials.
In 2006, Dr. Younossi was appointed executive director of research for Inova Health System. In this capacity, he has developed new research infrastructure to support clinical, translational, and outcomes research carried out by Inova investigators. These efforts resulted in establishing the Center for Integrated Research in fall of 2008.
Academically, Dr. Younossi has authored over 300 articles and 12 book chapters. He has authored two textbooks and has served as guest editor of 4 journal supplements. He has also presented more than 250 abstracts at national and international meetings. He has given faculty presentations at over 200 local, national, or international meetings. He sits on multiple local and national committees and has served on the editorial board of Hepatology, World Journal of Gastroenterology and served as the associate editor of Liver International and Evidence-based Gastroenterology. He has also been honored by being listed in the “Best Doctors” (2002), “Top Doctors (1998, 2000, 2011), Who’s Who in Health Care (2002), Cambridge Who’s Who in Medicine (2007), and the Alumni of the Year, George Mason University (2008). In 2008, Dr. Younossi was appointed by the governor of Virginia to the board of directors for the Virginia Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority and Research Park Corporation Boards. Over the past decade, Dr. Younossi has been actively involved with the American Liver Foundation as the chair of the Medical Advisory Committee for the National Capital Chapter as well as multiple committees of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and American College of Gastroenterology. He has also served as a reviewer for National Institutes of Health Grant Review Committees. He is a sought after speaker who is frequently speaking as faculty in major national and international scientific meetings. Additionally, he has been a guest to a number of local or national media programs.
Dr. Younossi has also been involved in teaching students, residents, and fellows. He was the associate director of gastroenterology fellowship program at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and has had multiple advanced hepatology fellows trained under his mentorship. He has served on the Doctoral Thesis Committee of several PhD candidates. Dr. Younossi is currently mentoring a number of students and residents as well as a hepatology fellow and junior staff at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Madeline Erario, MD, FACP, is Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Director of Graduate Medical Education for Inova Health System. Dr. Erario is board certified in internal medicine and received her postdoctoral training at Georgetown University School of Medicine. While at Georgetown she served as Chief Resident in the Department of Medicine in 1997 and 1998. Since then, Dr. Erario's role on the medical staff of Inova Fairfax Hospital has allowed her to pursue her interest in medical education. She currently holds faculty appointments as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown, George Washington and Virginia Commonwealth universities.
As Director of Graduate Medical Education and the DIO for GME, Dr. Erario led the ACGME accreditation for our Institution and has overseen the ongoing accreditation for General Surgery, Podiatry, Pediatrics residencies and various fellowships. In addition, under her leadership, Inova Fairfax Hospital was just awarded accreditation for an Inova sponsored Internal Medicine Residency program.
Dr. Erario has completed professional development work through the Stanford Faculty Development Program for Clinical Teaching and the Yale Primary Care Program for Medical Education and Research. She also completed a two-year program at the Advisory Board Fellowship for healthcare Leaders. Most recently, she completed the Inova Health System and Sg2 Physician Leadership training. In 2002, Dr. Erario received the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area Human Rights Award for her work with political refugees.
Chapy Venkatesan, MD, is vice-chair of quality and general medicine for the Inova Fairfax Hospital Department of Medicine. Dr. Venkatesan graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2000 and completed his residency and chief residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Venkatesan has been a member of the department since 2004. Previously, Dr. Venkatesan served as site director for rotating internal medicine residents and as medical director for quality and evidence based practice for the Department of Medicine. He has led a number of quality projects for the department and has been involved in several projects related to health services research. Dr. Venkatesan leads initiatives related to general internal medicine and works with medical directors to build enhanced hospital-based medical programs related to inpatient and consultative services.
Brian A. Hazen, MD, is the medical director of the hospitalist division within the Inova Fairfax Hospital Department of Medicine. Dr. Hazen received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School Of Medicine And Dentistry in 1994 and complete his residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University, where he was chief resident. Dr. Hazen has also served as the program director for the Georgetown University-Inova Fairfax Hospital Transitional Residency.
Jason S. Vourlekis, MD, FACP, FCCP, graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine in 1991. He completed his medical residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 1994. Following a two-year stint as instructor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he entered training as a pulmonary/critical care fellow at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Following completion of his fellowship, he remained on faculty at the University of Colorado and at National Jewish Medical and Research Center for three years as a member of the Clinical Interstitial Lung Disease Program. In 2002, Dr. Vourlekis joined the National Cancer Institute as a program director where he oversaw clinical trials related to lung cancer screening and prevention. He joined Inova Fairfax Hospital Department of Medicine in 2005 as a medical intensivist and is currently serving as the medical director of the Medical Critical Care Service. He is a member of the teaching faculty at George Washington and Virginia Commonwealth universities with the rank of clinical assistant professor. His clinical and research interests include acute lung injury/ARDS and sepsis.
Rishi Garg, MD, is the medical director of quality assurance and outcomes for the Inova Fairfax Hospital Department of Medicine. Dr. Garg attended the VCU School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University. He joined the department in 2004 and has previously served as medical director of the hospitalist division. Currently, Dr. Garg oversees the process of Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) and Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) for practitioners in the department, and handles all physician-related grievances reported through the electronic incident reporting system. He also serves as chair of the Peer Review Committee and is the director of medical documentation.