Tucson Lifestyle September 2015 : Page 82

GASTROENTEROLOGY Thomas Boyer, M.D. Specialty: Gastroenterology Division of Gastroenterology Banner — University Medical Center Tucson Director, Liver Research Institute at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Dr. Boyer is professor of medicine and director of the Liver Research Institute at the University of Arizona. He is also an attending physician in hepatology at Banner — University Medical Center Tucson. He has worked on drug metabolizing enzymes and their regulation of expression for 25 years and his work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has also performed NIH-sponsored clinical trials including comparison of surgi-cal shunts to interventional radiology placed shunts in management of variceal bleeding and the use of SAMe to prevent development of hepatocellular carcinoma. NIDDK (hematology) work found that mutations in the telomerase gene increase the risk of developing cirrho-sis. Dr. Boyer has multiple ongoing studies sponsored by pharamaceutical companies for the treatment of hepati-tis C, complications of cirrhosis and thrombocytopenia in patients with liver disease. He sees patients with liver dis-ease in the clinic at Banner — University Medical Center. 82 TUCSON LIFESTYLE | september 2015 TucsonLifestyle.com

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