NYC Hepatologist Relocates to Join TGH Digestive Health Center as Area’s Only Liver Transplant Specialist

Sonja K. Olsen, MD, brings world-renowned experience to Tampa General Hospital’s gastroenterological practice on Florida’s East Coast

 A board-certified internist, gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist has left New York University (NYU) Langone Health to join the Tampa General Hospital (TGH) Digestive Health Center, formerly known as the TGH Gastro Group of the Palm Beaches. Sonja K. Olsen, M.D., will serve Palm Beach County patients as the area’s only transplant hepatologist, bringing more than a decade of experience in providing world-class digestive and liver care.

Having spent her career in academic medicine, Dr. Olsen is at home in the TGH system, which has been Florida’s leading academic medical center for more than 50 years. She was the chief resident at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell and previously served as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at NYU. Olsen has also served as an associate with Gotham Medical Associates, co-director of the Medicine Sub-Internship clerkship at Weill Cornell and as the program director for Advanced Fellowship in Transplant Hepatology at NYU. She is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

“It’s very inspiring to join Tampa General Hospital’s expanding presence in Palm Beach County and to help enhance the cutting-edge treatment its providers and staff offer,” said Olsen, who will see patients at TGH Digestive Health Centers’ West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens locations. “As a lifelong New Yorker, I am eager to explore and learn about this community and to support it through my practice.”

Olsen will treat patients with colon, liver and bile duct cancer; gallbladder disease; alcoholic- and nonalcoholic-related liver disease; drug-related liver injury; all forms of hepatitis; and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As Palm Beach County’s only transplant hepatologist, she is the only physician in the region with such specialized expertise in the management of patients with end-stage liver disease, both before and after liver transplantation.

Nearly two years ago, Gastro Group of the Palm Beaches joined forces with TGH to advance treatment for its patients and to ensure the group was delivering the highest-quality care in the region. Patients who need complex, specialized surgeries now benefit from a convenient, streamlined process when having surgical procedures performed in Tampa with pre- and post-surgery care provided in Palm Beach County. TGH was recognized as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery by U.S. News & World Report for 2022-23 and its benign esophageal disorders and pancreatic/hepatic/biliary cancer programs have received disease-specific certification from The Joint Commission.

“Adding a stellar, respected physician like Dr. Olsen is a major step in our efforts to continue providing next-level service to our patients in Palm Beach County and beyond,” said Dr. Krumholz of TGH Digestive Health Center. “She brings not only experience and expertise from a discerning and high-intensity health care market, but also extraordinary compassion and care for her patients.”

TGH, which is the primary teaching affiliate of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, is one of the highest-ranked hospitals in Florida by U.S. News & World Report for 2022-23. Palm Beach County patients who need a higher level of care have a direct connection to TGH’s academic medicine and resources, including research breakthroughs, a wider variety of clinical trials and options for advanced immunotherapy procedures, enhanced personal treatment plans and a convenient path to complex surgeries.

TGH has been affiliated with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine since the school was created in the early 1970s. Today, more than 700 medical school residents and fellows receive specialty training at TGH in areas ranging from general internal medicine to neurosurgery. In addition, USF medical, nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy students all receive part of their training at TGH. Faculty of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine admit and care for patients at TGH, as do private practice physicians, many of whom also serve as adjunct clinical faculty at USF.


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