Zobair M. Younossi, MD, MPH, FACP, FACG, AGAFChairman, Department of Medicine, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
Zobair M. Younossi, MD, MPH, FACP, FACG, AGAF, is the Chairman, Department of Medicine, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. He is also Professor of Medicine, 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 both 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 also has pioneered research in genomics and proteomics of obesity and its related liver diseases. The center has participated in over 90 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. In 2008, he was then promoted to Vice President for Research of Inova Health System. In 2010, He was selected to become Chairman for the Department of Medicine, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. He also serves as Vice Chairman as well as Senior Executive for the Inova Foundation Board. In 2013, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association for the Mid-Atlantic region and was recently appointed to the Board of the American College of Gastroenterology Institute.
Academically, Dr. Younossi has authored over 360 articles and 20 book chapters. He has authored three textbooks and has served as guest editor of 5 journal supplements. He has also presented more than 270 abstracts at national and international meetings. He has given faculty presentations to over 270 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” (2012-2017), 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 of 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 Institute of Health Grant Review Committees. Dr. Younossi 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 has had multiple advanced hepatology fellows trained under his mentorship. He has served in the Doctoral Thesis Committee of several PhD candidates. Dr. Younossi is currently mentoring a number of students, residents, and junior staff at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus.