Dr. Marc Ghany is the Section Chief of the Clinical Hepatology Research Section and a Senior Investigator of the Clinical Research Section in the Liver Diseases Branch of the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH. The purpose of his research is to improve the care and treatment outcomes of patients with chronic viral hepatitis. Dr. Ghany's current research is clinical and translational in nature. It focuses on three themes: (1) natural history, (2) treatment, and (3) clinical virology studies. Specifically, the aims of his research are to: (1) define the host, viral, and environmental factors that determine the natural history and outcome of HBV and HCV infection; (2) develop and evaluate novel, safer, and more effective therapies for chronic viral hepatitis B and C; and (3) conduct clinical virology studies. Overall, Dr. Ghany's research can help improve the care and treatment outcomes of patients with chronic viral hepatitis.