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Published on July 23, 2014

Avera Practitioner Selected for Prestigious Hepatology Fellowship

SIOUX FALLS (July 22, 2014) - Rebekka Klemme, CNP, in conjunction with Avera Medical Group Liver Disease Sioux Falls, has been selected for an NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship with the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

Klemme holds a master of science degree from South Dakota State University with specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner, as well as a bachelor of science in nursing from SDSU. Since 2010, she has worked with Avera Transplant Institute, providing care to patients undergoing kidney and pancreas transplantation with the Avera Transplant Institute, and in December 2013 shifted her focus to the Avera Liver Disease program, in care of patients with liver disease and its complications.

The AASLD Liver Research Fund has committed $1.587 million in funding to health care institutions for the 2014 Research and Career Development Awards. This level of funding represents the largest single commitment in support of liver research and advanced hepatology training by any professional organization.

Klemme is one of four to be awarded the prestigious NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship, with a $78,000 stipend agreement through Avera’s Liver Disease program, and one of 16 overall selected to receive Research and Career Development Awards based on professional potential, experience and commitment of their faculty mentors, quality of the proposed research project or clinical program, and the clinical and/or academic environment of their institution. 

In this category, Klemme’s award with Avera is among other awardees with Columbia University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Applications are reviewed by a selected group of academic and clinical specialists, physicians, and associate practitioners in the fields of hepatology and transplant hepatology.

Klemme will study her prescribed curriculum at Avera Center for Liver Disease in Sioux Falls, mentored by Hesham Elgouhari, MD, FACP, Hepatologist and Medical Director with Avera Medical Group Liver Disease Sioux Falls.

“The AASLD is a very prestigious international organization that sets guidelines for liver disease and liver transplantation. They award this fellowship to very selected applicants,” Dr. Elgouhari said. “The fact that Rebekka was selected shows her strength as an applicant, and also Avera’s strength as an organization and our strength as a mounting liver disease center.”

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