Title: Professor, Division Chief
Company: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Sari A. Acra, MD, MPH, Professor and Division Chief at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical education.
At the Human Energy Balance Lab at Vanderbilt, Dr. Acra focuses on studying the role of energy expenditure in the development, mitigation and monitoring of chronic diseases in children and adults. He serves as professor of Vanderbilt University, and as chief of the D. Brent Polk division of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at the affiliated Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. Dr. Acra hopes that having the ability to assess the energy needs of patients with chronic illnesses will help improve treatment options for medical conditions like obesity, sickle cell, sleep apnea and cirrhosis of the liver.
Dr. Acra received an MD from the American University of Beirut in 1989, and served a residency in pediatrics with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He stayed on as a research fellow, and later earned a Master of Public Health there in 2005. Dr. Acra was initially steered toward gastroenterology by his background in chemical engineering. He is the author of numerous articles on the relationship of the liver and digestive system in providing energy, as well as a contributing author to “Mucosal Immunology” released in 2016. He is most proud of making a difference, providing patient care, and training the future generation of physicians. Dr. Acra was inspired by his mentor, Fayez Ghasan, and his father Aftim Acra, a renowned environmental scientist.
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