Michael Harris Nathanson, MD, PhD

Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases) and Professor of Cell Biology; Section Chief, Digestive Diseases; Director, Yale Liver Center; Director, Center for Cell and Molecular Imaging

Departments & Organizations

Cell Biology: Membrane Traffic

Internal Medicine: Digestive Diseases: Hepatology | Gastrointestinal Procedure Center | Liver Center

Faculty Research

Obesity Research Working Group

Transplantation Center

Yale Cancer Center: Signal Transduction

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology: Organ Physiology; Receptors and Signal Transduction

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research

Education & Training

MD Case Western Reserve Univ (1985)
PhD Case Western Reserve Univ (1983)
MS Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977)
BS University of California, Berkeley (1976)
Resident Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
Postdoctoral Fellow Yale University
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1988)
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology (1991, recertified: 2011)

Honors & Recognition

  • Assoc of American Physicians (AAP) (2017)

  • American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) (2017)

  • FAPESP Fullbright Scholar (2007)

Professional Service

  • Hepatology (2012 - 2016) Editor

  • VA (2009 - Present) Medical Research Eligibility Committee

  • AASLD (2009 - Present) Nominating Committee, Abstract Review Committee

  • NIH (2009 - Present) Special Emphasis panel ZDK1 GRB-8

  • NIH (2008 - 2009) Shared Instrument Grant Study Section

  • NIH (2007 - Present) Special Emphasis Panel ZDK1 GRB-G

  • NIH (2002 - 2006) Shared Instrument Grant Study Section


  • Hepatobiliary Research Exchange Program Kitakyushu, Japan (2008)

    Dr. Nathanson has established an ongoing exchange program with the Department of Surgery at UOEHS in Kitakyushu.

  • Mechanisms of calcium signaling in epithelia Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2001)

    Scientific collaboration with Drs. M.F. Liete and D.A. Gomes

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