Rahima A. Bhanji, MD, MSc, FRCPC is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a consultant in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Prior to her appointment at the University of Alberta, she completed an advanced Transplant Hepatology Research Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, USA. She also has a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received her training in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology from the University of Alberta, Canada.
At the University of Alberta, her research focuses on NASH and sarcopenia. In recent reviews, she highlighted the overlap in pathophysiology of NASH and sarcopenia and showed sarcopenia was a systemic muscle disease affecting vital organs including the cardiac and respiratory muscles. She has assessed the trajectory of sarcopenia and its impact on clinical outcomes. She looked at the prevalence of sarcopenia in patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and alcohol liver disease (ALD) showing clinical outcomes varied based on the underlying etiology of liver disease.