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Rahul Kuver, MD
Associate Professor & Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Kuver is director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program and a UW associate professor of medicine. His expertise is in general gastroenterology.
Dr. Kuver earned his M.D. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He first came to the UW as an intern and resident in internal medicine, then completed his gastroenterology fellowship at UW. He has been at UW since the completion of his fellowship.

His clinical interests include general gastroenterology, endoscopy, colonoscopy, and capsule endoscopy. His research focuses on biliary epithelial cell biology. This includes studies on cellular and molecular processes involved in cholesterol transport, mucin secretion and carcinogenesis. This basic science work contributes to our understanding of a diverse array of disorders affecting the biliary system, such as gallstone disease, bile duct cancers and cystic fibrosis.

Recent Publications
Displaying 20 Most Recent Publications from PubMed

April 2019. Cholesterol Crystals in Hepatocyte Lipid Droplets Are Strongly Associated With Human Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis. Ioannou GN, Landis CS, Jin GY, Haigh WG, Farrell GC, Kuver R, Lee SP, Savard C. Hepatol Commun. 2019 Apr 1;3(6):776-791. doi: 10.1002/hep4.1348. eCollection 2019 Jun.

June 2016. The changing faces of cholangitis. Lee SP, Roberts JR, Kuver R. F1000Res. 2016 Jun 17;5. pii: F1000 Faculty Rev-1409. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.8745.1. eCollection 2016. Review.

December 2013. In search of lost hepatocytes: sensory innervation, calcitonin gene-related peptide, and regeneration in the liver. Kuver R. J Surg Res. 2013 Dec;185(2):526-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2013.01.027. Epub 2013 Feb 1.

August 2013. Anti-apoptotic phenotypes of cholestan-3β,5α,6β-triol-resistant human cholangiocytes: characteristics contributing to the genesis of cholangiocarcinoma. Jusakul A, Loilome W, Namwat N, Techasen A, Kuver R, Ioannou G, Savard C, Haigh WG, Yongvanit P. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2013 Nov;138:368-75. doi: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2013.08.004. Epub 2013 Aug 16.

June 2013. The expanding universe of bile acid physiology: Delving into the mysteries of dark (green) matter. Kuver R. J Surg Res. 2013 Jun 15;182(2):207-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2012.03.041. Epub 2012 Apr 10.

February 2013. ATP-Binding Cassette Sterol Transporters Are Differentially Expressed in Normal and Diseased Human Gallbladder. Yoon JH, Choi HS, Jun DW, Yoo KS, Lee J, Yang SY, Kuver R. Dig Dis Sci. 2013 Feb;58(2):431-9. doi: 10.1007/s10620-012-2481-0. Epub 2012 Nov 22.

January 2013. Synergistic interaction of dietary cholesterol and dietary fat in inducing experimental steatohepatitis. Savard C, Tartaglione EV, Kuver R, Haigh WG, Farrell GC, Subramanian S, Chait A, Yeh MM, Quinn LS, Ioannou GN. Hepatology. 2013 Jan;57(1):81-92. doi: 10.1002/hep.25789.

March 2012. Expression of oxysterol binding protein isoforms in opisthorchiasis-associated cholangiocarcinoma: A potential molecular marker for tumor metastasis. Loilome W, Wechagama P, Namwat N, Jusakul A, Sripa B, Miwa M, Kuver R, Yongvanit P. Parasitol Int. 2012 Mar;61(1):136-9. Epub 2011 Jul 8.

March 2012. Liver fluke-induced hepatic oxysterols stimulate DNA damage and apoptosis in cultured human cholangiocytes. Jusakul A, Loilome W, Namwat N, Haigh WG, Kuver R, Dechakhamphu S, Sukontawarin P, Pinlaor S, Lee SP, Yongvanit P. Mutat Res. 2012 Mar 1;731(1-2):48-57. Epub 2011 Oct 21.

January 2012. Identification of biliary bile acids in patients with benign biliary diseases, hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma. Jusakul A, Khuntikeo N, Haigh WG, Kuver R, Ioannou GN, Loilome W, Namwat N, Bhudhisawasdi V, Pugkhem A, Pairojkul C, Yongvanit P. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev 13 Suppl:77-82; 2012.

January 2012. Mechanisms of oxysterol-induced disease: insights from the biliary system. Kuver R. Clin Lipidol 7:537-548. 2012.

October 2011. Effects of statins on cholestasis: good, bad or indifferent? Kuver R. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2011 Oct;26(10):1467-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1746.2011.06836.x. No abstract available.

October 2011. Hepatic Free Cholesterol Accumulates in Obese, Diabetic Mice and Causes Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis. Van Rooyen DM, Larter CZ, Haigh WG, Yeh MM, Ioannou G, Kuver R, Lee SP, Teoh NC, Farrell GC. Gastroenterology. 2011 Oct;141(4):1393-403, 1403.e1-5. Epub 2011 Jun 23.

March 2011. Mechanisms of oxysterol-induced carcinogenesis. Jusakul A, Yongvanit P, Loilome W, Namwat N, Kuver R. Lipids Health Dis. 2011 Mar 9;10:44.

November 2010. ABCG8 D19H polymorphism: a basis for the genetic prediction of cholesterol gallstone disease. Yoon JH, Kuver R, Choi HS. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010 Nov;25(11):1713-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1746.2010.06484.x.

June 2010. Bioactive sphingolipids in the biliary tract: relevance for cholesterol gallstone disease. Kuver R. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010 Jun;25(6):1020-3.

July 2009. Effects of lipopolysaccharide on platelet-derived growth factor isoform and receptor expression in cultured rat common bile duct fibroblasts and cholangiocytes Kim TH, Moon JH, Savard CE, Kuver R, Lee SP J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2009 Jul;24(7):1218-25

March 2009. Gallbladder epithelial cells that engraft in mouse liver can differentiate into hepatocyte-like cells. Lee SP, Savard CE, Kuver R Am J Pathol. 2009 Mar;174(3):842-53 [Epub 2009 Feb 13]

November 2007. Murine gallbladder epithelial cells can differentiate into hepatocyte-like cells in vitro. Kuver R, Savard CE, Lee SK, Haigh WG, Lee SP Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2007 Nov;293(5):G944-55. Epub 2007 Aug 23

August 2007. Paclitaxel interrupts TGF-beta1 signaling between gallbladder epithelial cells and myofibroblasts. Choi HS, Savard CE, Choi JW, Kuver R, Lee SP J Surg Res. 2007 Aug;141(2):183-91. Epub 2007 Jun 14

April 2007. Incidence of minor complications and time lost from normal activities after screening or surveillance colonoscopy. Ko CW, Riffle S, Shapiro JA, Saunders MD, Lee SD, Tung BY, Kuver R, Larson AM, Kowdley KV, <br>Kimmey MB Gastrointest Endosc. 2007 Apr;65(4):648-656. Epub 2006 Dec 14

December 2006. Absence of CFTR is associated with pleiotropic effects on mucins in mouse gallbladder epithelial cells. Kuver R, Wong T, Klinkspoor JH, Lee SP Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2006 Dec;291(6):G1148-54. Epub 2006 Jul 6

April 2006. Hypertonic saline for cystic fibrosis. Kuver R, Lee SP. N Engl J Med. 2006 Apr 27;354(17):1848-51; author reply 1848-51.

March 2005. Epidermal growth factor mediates detachment from and invasion through collagen I and Matrigel in Capan-1 pancreatic cancer cells. Shirk AJ, Kuver R. BMC Gastroenterol. 2005 Mar 31;5:12.

December 2004. Oxysterols from human bile induce apoptosis of canine gallbladder epithelial cells in monolayer culture. Seo DW, Choi HS, Lee SP, Kuver R. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2004 Dec;287(6):G1247-56. Epub 2004 Jul 8.

February 2004. Calcium binding to biliary mucins is dependent on sodium ion concentration: relevance to cystic fibrosis. Kuver R, Lee SP. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2004 Feb 6;314(2):330-4.

September 2003. Cultured gallbladder epithelial cells synthesize apolipoproteins A-I and E. Lee J, Tauscher A, Seo DW, Oram JF, Kuver R. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2003 Sep;285(3):G630-41. Epub 2003 May 28.

August 2003. ABCG5 and ABCG8 are expressed in gallbladder epithelial cells. Tauscher A, Kuver R. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003 Aug 8;307(4):1021-8.

June 2002. Polarized cholesterol and phospholipid efflux in cultured gall-bladder epithelial cells: evidence for an ABCA1-mediated pathway. Lee J, Shirk A, Oram JF, Lee SP, Kuver R. Biochem J. 2002 Jun 1;364(Pt 2):475-84.

February 2001. Effects of bile salts on cholestan-3beta,5alpha,6beta-triol-induced apoptosis in dog gallbladder epithelial cells. Yoshida T, Klinkspoor JH, Kuver R, Poot M, Rabinovitch PS, Wrenn SP, Kaler EW, Lee SP. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2001 Feb 26;1530(2-3):199-208.

Contact Info

M.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Residency in Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Fellowship in Gastroenterology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Pediatric Genetics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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