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Cynthia Ann Moylan

Associate Professor of Medicine
Medicine, Gastroenterology
Duke Box 3256, 595 LaSalle GSRB 1, Durham, NC 27710
Duke South Clinic, 40 Medicine Circle, Room 0350, Durham, NC 27710


My research interests focus on the study of chronic liver disease and primary liver cancer, particularly from metabolic dysfunction associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD), formerly called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  As part of the MASLD Research Team at Duke, we are investigating the role of environmental contaminants, epigenetics, and genetics on the development of advanced fibrosis and liver cancer from MASLD and other chronic liver diseases.  We are also interested in understanding risks for progressive liver disease including developmental programming and in utero exposures and have been investigating these risks through studies of the Newborn Epigenetics Study (NEST).  The long term goal of our research is to develop non-invasive biomarkers to identify those patients at increased risk for cirrhosis and end stage liver disease in order to risk stratify patients as well as to develop better preventative and therapeutic strategies.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Medicine · 2022 - Present Medicine, Gastroenterology, Medicine
Associate Professor in Pathology · 2018 - Present Pathology, Clinical Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2014 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Miami · 2002 M.D.