About the institute

Uncovering solutions unlike anything patients have access to now

“The vision is really to transform the lives of people with liver disease through innovation and by training of the next generation of investigators.”

Arun Sanyal, M.D.
Institute Director

The Stravitz-Sanyal Institute for Liver Disease and Metabolic Health is revolutionary by design. By connecting research, education and care, we uncover life-changing breakthroughs and help them reach patients sooner.

Our integrated infrastructure makes it possible. Our unmatched experts in liver and metabolic health make it happen.

Led by director Arun Sanyal, M.D., and advanced by a $104 million gift by R. Todd Stravitz, M.D., a hepatologist in VCU’s Department of Internal Medicine and former medical director of liver transplant at VCU Medical Center – the largest publicly shared gift for liver research in U.S. history – the Institute is creating unequaled capacity for research and innovation. That includes access to extensive biobanks and tissue samples, new imaging diagnostics and biomarker data, core facilities, and technologies not available elsewhere.

The institute aims to be a global leader in liver-related research and education, metabolically driven disorders and the care for patients with these conditions. Together, we’re revolutionizing liver care and transforming lives.

Our vision

To be the leading global center for liver learning and liver-related health care

Our mission

To promote liver learning and translation of scientific discovery to improve liver-related health by radical innovation and integration of education, research, technology and clinical care

Proudly Located in Richmond, Virginia

VCU’s medical campus rests in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. We pride ourselves on being active members of our community, with a commitment to engaging and investing in Richmond as learners, researchers, healers and citizens.

As a vibrant, mid-sized city with a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, Richmond attracts physicians, researchers and learners from around the globe.

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