The KL2 Program this year is participating in a newly launched CTSA Visiting Professorship Program. This is an opportunity for Scholars who are in their second or third year of the KL2 Program to virtually visit a CTSA institution and give a Grand Round presentation, which will be advertised across the CTSA nationally. This program provides KL2 Scholars with an opportunity not only to give a national presentation, but also to meet with Faculty from the institution and expand their professional networks. Mount Sinai will be hosting Annie Kruger, MD, PhD from Georgetown University in early 2021.
Annie Kruger, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Gastroenterology at Georgetown University Medical Center and a second-year KL2 Scholar in the Georgetown and Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) KL2 Program. Her research focuses on the effects of chemokine receptors 2 and 5 in influencing the pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrogenic activity of hepatic macrophages and stellate cells, in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a prevalent metabolic liver disease in the world today. She has had a long-standing interest in studying the innate immune response to infectious and inflammatory conditions including Dengue fever, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, type 1 diabetes, and NASH. Her research efforts have been shaped by her prior industry experience as a pharmaceutical and managed care consultant. Dr. Kruger received her training from the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital prior to joining Georgetown University. Her mentors are Fung-Lung Chung, PhD (Professor, Department of Oncology) and Jill Smith, MD, (Professor, Department of Medicine) at Georgetown University.