DONALD P. KOTLER, M.D. Distinguished Alumnus 2006

Class of 1973

Professor of Medicine,Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Chief, Gastroenterology, Director, Gastro-Intestinal Training Program, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

A pioneer in the study of the gastrointestinal and nutritional complications of HIV infection and AIDS for more than a quarter-century. Was the principal investigator for multiple government- and industry-sponsored studies in HIV-associated malnutrition and intestinal disease. Performed nutritional studies that measured the body’s composition and energy metabolism, characterized nutritional alterations, and defined treatment strategies for individuals with HIV and AIDS. Also conducted studies delineating the direct effects of HIV on the intestine, while identifying and treating specific infectious complications of AIDS. Concepts from his findings have shown applications in other areas of research, including end stage liver disease, chronic viral hepatitis, and liver disease associated with severe obesity.

Vice President, Board of Directors of the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America; Trustee, Royal S. Marks Foundation, Member, Board of Directors of the National Center for the Study of Wilson's Disease, Medical Advisory Board of the Wilson's Disease Association of America, American Gastroenterological Association, New York Academy of Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, International AIDS Society, and New York Academy of HIV Medicine.

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