Curtis K. Argo, MD, MS

Curtis K. Argo, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Administrative Assistant: Pat Knighton 434-243-2718

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology


  • MD, University of Iowa College of Medicine
  • Residency, University of Iowa Hospitals
  • Fellowship, MS, Clinics University of Virginia

Contact Information

Box 800708
Hosp. West
Telephone: 434-243-6820
Fax: 434-924-0491

Research Interests

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, statins in liver disease, liver graft allocation principles, post-transplant fatty liver disease, clinical trials

Research Description

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, statins in liver disease, liver graft allocation principles, post-transplant fatty liver disease, clinical trials.

Selected Publications

Northup PG, Argo CK, Muir AJ, Decross AJ, Coyle WJ, Oxentenko AS. Proceduralcompetency of gastroenterology trainees: from apprenticeship to milestones.Gastroenterology. 2013 Apr;144(4):677-80. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2013.02.020. Epub2013 Feb 21.

Northup PG, Argo CK, Shah N, Caldwell SH. Hypercoagulation and thrombophiliain nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: mechanisms, human evidence, therapeuticimplications, and preventive implications. Semin Liver Dis. 2012 Feb;32(1):39-48.doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1306425. Epub 2012 Mar 13. Review.

Cupino AC, Hair CD, Angle JF, Caldwell SH, Rich TA, Berg CL, Northup PG,Al-Osaimi AM, Argo CK. Does external beam radiation therapy improve survivalfollowing transarterial chemoembolization for unresectable hepatocellularcarcinoma? Gastrointest Cancer Res. 2012 Jan;5(1):13-7.

Argo CK, Stukenborg GJ, Schmitt TM, Kumer SC, Berg CL, Northup PG. Regionalvariability in symptom-based MELD exceptions: a response to organ shortage? Am J Transplant. 2011 Nov;11(11):2353-61. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2011.03738.x.

Volk ML, Biggins SW, Huang MA, Argo CK, Fontana RJ, Anspach RR. Decisionmaking in liver transplant selection committees: a multicenter study. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Oct 18;155(8):503-8. doi: 10.1059/0003-4819-155-8-201110180-00006.

Truesdale AE, Caldwell SH, Shah NL, Argo CK, Al-Osaimi AM, Schmitt TM, NorthupPG. Sorafenib therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma prior to liver transplant isassociated with increased complications after transplant. Transpl Int. 2011Oct;24(10):991-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1432-2277.2011.01299.x. Epub 2011 Jul 21. PubMedPMID: 21777298.

Cerefice M, Sauer B, Javaid M, Smith LA, Gosain S, Argo CK, Kahaleh M. Complexbiliary stones: treatment with removable self-expandable metal stents: a newapproach (with videos). Gastrointest Endosc. 2011 Sep;74(3):520-6. doi:10.1016/j.gie.2011.05.026. PubMed PMID: 21872710.8: Harmon RC, Tiniakos DG, Argo CK. Inflammation in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2011 Apr;5(2):189-200. doi: 10.1586/egh.11.21. Review. PubMed PMID: 21476914.

Baltz JG, Argo CK, Al-Osaimi AM, Northup PG. Mortality after percutaneousendoscopic gastrostomy in patients with cirrhosis: a case series. GastrointestEndosc. 2010 Nov;72(5):1072-5. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2010.06.043. Epub 2010 Sep 19. PubMed PMID: 20855067.

Schmitt TM, Kumer SC, Shah N, Argo CK, Northup PG. Liver transplantation for T3 lesions has higher waiting list mortality but similar survival compared to T1 and T2 lesions. Ann Hepatol. 2010 Oct-Dec;9(4):390-6. PubMed PMID: 21057157.