The clinical and research interests of William Sanchez, M.D., focus on liver malignancies, liver failure and transplantation. Specifically, Dr. Sanchez studies the effectiveness of imaging technologies used to diagnose liver cancers and identify potential transplant recipients. He also contributes to research on methods for measuring the stages of liver fibrosis.
In addition to his clinical and research work, Dr. Sanchez has a strong interest in training young physicians and providing continuous professional development training to health care professionals throughout their careers.
- Liver cancer and transplant imaging. Dr. Sanchez has served as the principal investigator and co-program director of a National Cancer Institute-funded study comparing multiphase contrast-enhanced CT and MRI for diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer, and for liver transplant allocation.
- Liver fibrosis staging. An additional area of focus is the use of ultrasound technology to perform virtual biopsies to gauge the progressive stages of liver fibrosis.
Significance to patient care
Dr. Sanchez works toward the development of better diagnostic tools, which may contribute to improved outcomes due to earlier or more accurate diagnosis. He also strives to ensure that physicians have the necessary educational tools to care for their patients with solid foundational training and cutting-edge medical knowledge throughout their careers.
- Editorial board, Hepatic Oncology journal, 2013-present
- Gastroenterology Teacher of the Year award, Mayo Fellows Association, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2013
- Outstanding faculty member, Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2013
- Eugenie Bolz Award, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, 2007