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Lauren Beste, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (DOM)
Director, VA National Liver Disease Database

Education & Training

MD, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2000-2004
Residency in Internal Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2004-2007
MS, University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle, WA, 2007-2009

Professional Interests

Liver disease epidemiology
Primary care management of viral hepatitis
Quality improvement


National Merit Scholar, 1996
First Place in Penn State Undergraduate Research Exhibition, 2000
Melvin T. Hoffman Award for Primary Care Research, 2006
Editor's Choice, American Gastroenterological Association, 2010
Special Contribution Award from VA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group, 2010
Clinical Performance Award from VA Puget Sound, 2011
Society of General Internal Medicine Award for Leadership, SGIM Northwest Region, 2015
Society of General Internal Medicine Award for Excellence in Clinician Investigation, SGIM Northwest Region, 2016

Selected Publications

Beste LA, Ioannou GN. Prevalence and Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection in the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Epidemiologic Reviews. 2015; 37(1): 131-43.
Beste LA, Ioannou GN, Yang Y, Chang MF, Ross D, Dominitz JA. Improved Surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma with a primary care-oriented clinical reminder. Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 2015 Jan; 13(1): 172-9.
Beste LA, Leipertz SL, Green PK, Dominitz JA, Ross D, Ioannou GN. Trends in the burden of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma by underlying liver disease in US Veterans from 2001-2013. Gastroenterology. 2015 Nov; 149 (6): 1471-1482.
Moon AM; Dominitz JA; Ioannou GN; Lowy E; Beste L. Patient, Facility, and Provider-level Predictors of Timely Antibiotics for US Veterans with Cirrhosis and Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding. 2016 Jun 13. pii: S1542-3565(16)30306-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2016.05.040. [Epub ahead of print]
Beste LA, Moseley R, Saint S, Cornia P. Clinical Problem Solving: Too Much of A Good Thing. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016 March; 374: 873-878.