Program Leadership

Program Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship 
Richard K. Sterling, MD, MSc

Division Chair, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
John Keummerle, MD

Program Director, Richard K. Sterling, MD, MSc

Dr. SterlingDr. Sterling received his BS in Chemistry and Natural Science from Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pa in 1982, a MA in Biochemistry from the University of Texas in Austin in 1984, and a MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1988.  After completing an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in, he went on to complete a fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at VCU which include specialized training in Transplant Hepatology in 1994.  He is currently a VCU Hepatology Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Sterling is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Liver Transplantation and has a Master’s degree in Biostatistics and Clinical Research from VCU.  He is currently Section Chief of Hepatology and Medical Director of Viral Hepatitis at VCUHS and is the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Director.  His research interest is in HIV-liver disease which is supported by several NIH grants.  He is site Principle Investigator (PI) for the Hepatitis B Research Network and was PI for the HALT-C trial, both sponsored by the NIH.  He currently has an R01 investigating HBV in those co-infected with HIV.  Past NIH support has included a K23 and an R03 in HIV-Liver disease.  Other research interests include biomarkers for hepatocellular carcinoma, viral hepatitis, and liver transplantation.  He has published over 200 papers and serves on several prominent committees of national associations such as the ABIM, AGA, AASLD, and ACG and has served on several study sections of the NIH.  He is on several AASLD committees including the AASLD Transplant Hepatology Pilot Steering Committee, Development Committee, Education Committee, is vice chair of the Liver-Biliary Council of the AGA, a member of the Gastroenterology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has served as the ACG Governor for Virginia for 6 years.  During his time at VCU, he has served on several important VCU committees including the IRB, VCU Faculty Senate, and the IRB Leadership Executive Committee.  He is currently on the University Conflict of Interest Committee, the Blood Borne Pathogen committee, the Massey Cancer Center Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC), Liver Transplant Selection Committee, and the CCTR Grant Review committee. He has won numerous awards for teaching and was voted “Top Doc” in 2012 and 2013 Richmond magazine.

Richard K. Sterling, MD, MSc
Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Transplant Hepatology

Division Chair, John F. Kuemmerle, MD

Dr. KuemmerleJohn F. Kuemmerle, MD, is Chair for the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Dr. Kuemmerle is a Professor of Medicine and Physiology with Tenure at VCU.

A native of Minnesota, Dr. Kuemmerle received his Bachelor of Sciences degree from the College of William and Mary, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. After a one year General Surgery Internship at West Virginia University, Dr. Kuemmerle came to VCU to continue his surgical training and completed a two-year surgical research fellowship. Subsequently, Dr. Kuemmerle completed a residency in Internal Medicine at VCU, as well as an NIH-sponsored research fellowship in Gastroenterology.

Dr. Kuemmerle joined the faculty at VCU in 1993, with joint appointments in Internal Medicine and Physiology and an appointment on the Graduate Faculty, and has served as the Division of Gastroenterology's Medical Director of the GI Clinic (1993-2001); Fellowship Program Director (1997-2001); Associate Chair of Gastroenterology for Research (2006-2010); and as Vice Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (2010-2013).

Dr. Kuemmerle is a distinguished scientist who enjoys a national reputation in his field, and is currently Principal Investigator on an NIH R01 grant and co-Principal Investigator on two additional NIH R01 grants, the Divisional T32 grant and a U01 grant. Dr. Kuemmerle's clinical and research interests focus on inflammatory bowel disease and molecular mechanisms mediating the development of fibrosis, with the long-term goal of developing translational interventions for fibrosis. He has authored over 50 scientific reports, 12 book chapters/reviews, and 80 abstracts. Dr. Kuemmerle serves on several major national committees of the American Gastroenterological Association, including its Leadership Cabinet. He is the Editor for the Online Journals Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Kuemmerle has been a reviewer on the SBIR panel for NIH/NIDDK since 2012, and since 2008 he has been a member of the ABIM Liaison Committee for Recertification.

John F. Kuemmerle, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition