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Albert Czaja MD

Albert J. Czaja MD

Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Rochester, Minnesota

Albert J. Czaja, MD, is professor emeritus of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Rochester, Minnesota. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1965, received a Bachelor of Medical Science at the Dartmouth Medical School in 1966, and M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968. He trained in internal medicine at the Philadelphia General Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Division, from 1968-1972. He was a major in the United States Army Medical Corps from 1972-1975 at the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Dr. Czaja was an NIH Research Fellow in hepatology at the Mayo Clinic under the mentorship of W.H.J. Summerskill, MD from 1975-1977, and he joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 1977. He was appointed professor of medicine in 1986 and became professor emeritus in 2007. His research has focused on chronic hepatitis, especially autoimmune hepatitis, and he has contributed to the understanding of its diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, genetic predispositions, pathogenic mechanisms, and consequences. Dr. Czaja received the Meritorious Service Medal of the US Army Medical Corps in 1976; the Fiterman Award for distinguished clinical investigation in hepatology by the American Gastroenterology Association in 1997; the Henry S. Plummer Distinguished Physician Award by the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine in 2006; the Distinguished Clinician Award of the American Gastroenterology Association in 2007; the Distinguished Clinician Educator Award (1st recipient) of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in 2008; the Gold Medal of the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver and the Canadian Liver Foundation for the advancement of hepatology and education of young clinicians in 2013; and the Mayo Clinic distinguished alumni award in 2016. Dr. Czaja was a founding member of the International Autoimmune Hepatitis Group in 1992. He has written 585 articles, including 87 book chapters.


Albert J. Czaja, MD researched, designed, and wrote this commentary. The commentary is original, written entirely by the author, and developed solely for Gastroenterology PracticeUpdate. The commentary has not been published previously, and Albert J. Czaja, MD has not received financial support from a funding agency or institution to write this commentary. Albert J. Czaja, MD, has no conflict of interests to declare.