Christine Pocha

Christine Pocha, MD, PhD, MPH

Transplantation and Hepatology

"International experience and leading-edge care for liver disease isn’t hours away – it’s right here in Sioux Falls. Our team can help you."

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About Me

If you or a loved one faces a liver-related condition or needs a liver transplant, contact Christine Pocha, MD, PhD, MPH, FAASLD at Avera Medical Group Liver Disease in Sioux Falls, S.D. Her robust experience ensures you’ll receive expert care.

International Experience

While Dr. Pocha served as a physician, researcher and medical educator in the U.S., Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom, she chose the unique opportunity that accompanied joining the developing efforts of Avera hepatology and liver transplant. She’s now part of a team developing a world-class liver transplant program to patients in the upper Midwest. As she aids this expert health-care effort that maintains a hometown setting, she ensures more patients receive leading-edge transplantation and hepatology care.

Physician and Teacher

As a medical educator, Dr. Pocha shares clinical expertise with medical students, residents and fellows on academic faculty at institutions worldwide. She held academic and clinical appointments in the U.S., Germany and Switzerland and currently does so in England at King’s College Hospital. It’s known as one of the most prestigious liver care and liver transplantation centers in the world. There she serves a diverse, international patient population. She now serves as associate professor of medicine at the University of South Dakota.

Fellowships, Research and Writing

Beyond the exam rooms of Avera Transplant Institute, Dr. Pocha led numerous large research programs on hepatitis C and liver cancer and contributes to medicine as author of numerous medical journal publications. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and an engaged member of a professional society focused on liver-related conditions. She earned master’s degree in public health as well as medical and doctoral degrees. Dr. Pocha is a board-certified internal medicine and gastroenterology/hepatology physician. Her ongoing research focuses on liver disease and related complications.

Personal Interests

Dr. Pocha takes time to enjoy the many countries she visits with her family. An avid hiker, cyclist and diver, she explores the natural world wherever she goes.



Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, Medical School


Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology

Albany Medical Center, NY, Internal Medicine


Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, Gastroenterology/Hepatology/Liver Transplant

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • Medical Director and Physician, Hepatology and Liver Transplant, Avera Transplant Institute, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Honorary Consult Physician, Hepatology/Liver Transplant - King's College, London, United Kingdom
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of the Study for Liver Disease (AASLD), Board Member AASLD Liver Cancer Education Committee, Member Scientific Review Committee, Member Special Interest Group: Hepatitis C and Liver Cancer (HCC)
  • International Liver Cancer Association (ILCA)
  • European Association of the Study for Liver Disease (EASL)
  • Member UNOS National Review Board
  • Journal Editorial Board: Medicine

Honors, Awards, etc.

  • Awarded fellowship recognition to AASLD
  • Certifications
  • Diplomate, ABIM, Certification in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certification in Gastroenterology/Hepatology
  • Medical Research & Clinical Trials
  • My major clinical and research interest is in cirrhosis and related complication including liver cancer, alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic liver fatty disease, viral hepatitis and liver transplantation.
  • Look at complete list of Dr. Pocha’s work


  • Certification in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certification in Gastroenterology/Hepatology

This directory contains information about the provider members of Independent Health Care Associates, Avera Health and all Avera entities, members of the Avera Medical Group, and employed select providers with Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, SD and Avera Marshall, Marshall, MN and physicians with hospital privileges at Avera St. Luke's, Aberdeen, SD; Avera Sacred Heart, Yankton, SD; Avera Queen of Peace, Mitchell, SD; Avera St. Mary's, Pierre, SD.

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