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Maj. (Dr) Arun Valsan.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department: Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Qualification: MD (Med), DM (Hepatology & Transplantation), DNB (Med), MNAMS
Email: arunvalsan@aims.amrita.edu

About Me

Dr Arun Valsan completed his MBBS (2001 batch) from Calicut Medical College, Kerala. He thereafter served The Army Medical Corps with distinction for 10.5 years, attaining the rank of Major. He completed his MD (Med) from Armed Forces Medical College, Pune and was adjudged “ The Bedside Clinician in Medicine” and bagged the coveted “Lt Gen N Krishnan Memorial Gold Medal”. He also stood first and was awarded the “Dr Sam P Moses Gold Medal” for securing All India Gold Medal in DNB (Med) examinations in 2016. He hung up his uniform after a chequered Armed Forces career in 2018 and briefly worked in Department of Gastroenterology, Amrita Hospital before joining Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. He completed his DM in Hepatology and Transplantation in April 2021. He also secured the prestigious “Early Career Investigator award in Clinical & Translational Research” instituted by American Association for Study of Liver disease (AASLD) in 2021 and subsequently the INASL 2021 bursary.
He has co-authored multiple publications in journals, both national and international. He is also a reviewer for three journals and is a prolific researcher. He has written chapters in multiple books. His primary areas of interests are Transplantation, acute-on-chronic liver failure, portal hypertension and infections. His passion is in teaching and application of medical education technology.
He also has been selected for the prestigious University of Toronto Hepatology Transplant Fellowship slated to begin in Jan 2023.

Education and Professional Experience

  • 2001: MBBS, Government Medical College, Kozhikode University of Calicut
  • 2013: MD (Med), Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC),Pune, Maharashtra University Of Health Sciences
  • 2016: DNB (Med) National Board of Examination NBE, Delhi
  • 2019: DM (Hepatology) PGIMER, Chandigarh; Punjab Medical Council



  • verma n, valsan a, shafiq n, chakrabarti a, duseja ak, premkumar m, de a, taneja s, singh v. a pragmatic randomized trial comparing the efficacy of early empiric versus pre-emptive antifungal therapy in acute-on-chronic liver failure patients with suspected invasive fungal infections: an interim analysis (pep-aclf). hepatology 2021 oct 1 (vol. 74, pp. 138a-139a). 111 river st, hoboken 07030-5774, nj usa: wiley.
  • valsan, a., verma, n. and singh, v. (2021), non-invasive differentiation of porto-sinusoidal vascular disease and cirrhosis: the devil is in the details! hepatology. accepted author manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1002/hep.31896
  • valsan a, singh v et al., albumin: the hepatologist's enduring ally demystified? science transl med 2020 (technical report)
  • valsan a, sharma s, mathew r, chengappa a. dapsone-induced methemoglobinemia: two cases and a short review. j appl hematol 2018;9:29-32.
  • valsan a, kedara g sainath, v singh., serum transferrin is an independent predictor of mortality in severe alcoholic hepatitis: upping the game or just upping the ante? amjgastroenterol2020;115:1136. https://doi.org/10.14309/ajg.0000000000000657


  • Arun Valsan, VK Sashindran, Suman Pramanik. Cognitive impairment incritically ill. IJAR, Vol 7, issue 02, Feb 2017
  • Mendonca S, Gupta D, Valsan A, Tewari R. Warfarin related acute kidney injury: A case report. Indian J Nephrol 2017;27:78‐80.
  • Sagar A, Valsan A, Bhartiya M. Autoimmune polyglandular syndrome type II: Schimidt’s syndrome, a unifying diagnosis in a case presenting with an uncommon combination of multiple endocrine disorders. Indian J Endocr Metab2016;20:579-80.
  • Ajay Nathan, Arun Valsan, Rakesh Jha, Subhash Ranjan. A case of Dengue fever with Thyroid Abscess. International Journal of Medical Science and Clinical Invention 5(07): 3899-3901,2018. DOI: 10.18535/ijmsci/v5i7.01
  • Arun Valsan, Murari T, Rohit T. A rare case of AKI, IgG4 related AKI. Amrita Journal of Medicine 2018
  • A Valsan, N Verma, A De, M Premkumar, S Taneja et al., Terrible trio of Mycobacterium abscessus, Candida parapsilosis and Carbapenem resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in a patient with cirrhosis Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology, 2022
  • A Valsan, N Verma, N Shafiq, A Chakrabarti et al., A Pragmatic Randomized Trial Comparing the Efficacy of Early Empiric Versus Pre-Emptive Antifungal Therapy in acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure Patients with Suspected Invasive Fungal Infections: An Interim Analysis (Pep-ACLF). Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology, 2022
  • Nair V, Sahni AK, Sharma D, Grover N, Shankar S, Chakravarty A, Patrikar S, Methe K, Jaiswal SS, Dalal SS, Kapur A, Verma R, Prakash J, Gupta A, Bhansali A, Batura D, Rao GG, Joshi DP, Chopra BK. Point prevalence & risk factor assessment for hospital-acquired infections in a tertiary care hospital in Pune, India. Indian J Med Res. 2017 Jun;145(6):824-832. doi: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_1167_15. PMID: 29067985; PMCID: PMC5674553.
  • Nair V, Sharma D, Sahni AK, Grover N, Shankar S, Jaiswal SS, Dalal SS, Basannar DR, Phutane VS, Kotwal A, Gopal Rao G, Batura D, Venkatesh MD, Sinha T, Kumar S, Joshi DP. Antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in nosocomial pathogens at a tertiary care hospital in Pune. Med J Armed Forces India. 2015 Apr;71(2):112-9. doi: 10.1016/j.mjafi.2014.12.024. Epub 2015 Feb 25. PMID: 25859071; PMCID: PMC4388980.

Chapter in Books

  • Arun Valsan, A Roy, V Singh Approach to a case of variceal hemorrhage, Clinical rounds in Hepatology. Springer, Jan 2022. DOI-10.1007/978-981-16-8448-7-11
  • Arun Valsan, N Verma. Bacterial Infection in cirrhosis: India Point of Care (Release early 2022)
  • P Puri, A Valsan., Hepatitis C in Indian Subcontinent: Epidemiology, Virology, Clinical features and diagnosis. ICP monologue on Viral Hepatitis in Indian Subcontinent. 2017
  • Arun Valsan, S Shankar., Healthcare economics for the Internist. What and Why? API Update 2018 Pathophysiology of diabetes in elderly. ICP monograph on Diabetes in elderly 2018
  • Arun Valsan, Srivastava PK., Pathogenesis of Diabetes Mellitus in Elderly. ICP monograph on Diabetes in elderly 2018
  • Arun Valsan, Ranjan S., Preventive strategies in diabetes. ICP monograph on Diabetes in elderly 2018
  • Nair V, Behera V, Kapoor R. In: Textbook of Environmental Medicine. 2nd Ed. Nair V, editor. India: Wolters Kluwers; 2014. pp. 184–91. chapter 6.6.

Projects Under Publication / Editorial Review

  • Arun Valsan, Nimitha KM, N Verma. A pragmatic study comparing efficacy of early empiric versus pre-emptive systemic antifungal therapy in ACLF patients with suspected invasive fungal infections (PEP ACLF)
  • Verma N, Arun Valsan. Safety and Tolerability of Systemic antifungal therapy in ACLF (SATISFY study)

Awards and Honours

  • AASLD 2021 Early Career Investigator Award in Clinical/Translational Science 2021
  • INASL 2021 Bursary 2018
  • Dr Sam GP Moses Gold Medal for securing 1st rank in DNB General Medicine examination 2017
  • Award: Lt Gen N Krishnan Memorial Gold medal for "The Best Bedside clinician", "Aggregate topper of Grading and MD University examination" 2016

Current Projects

  • Co-Investigator in International Cholangiocarcinoma registry
  • Co-Investigator in ICON-D
  • Principal Investigator in medication adherence, perceived barriers to adherence and reasons for non-compliance among patients with advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma
  • Principal Investigator in NAFLD registry in South India

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Study of Liver Disease
  • European Association of Study of Liver Disease
  • International Ascites Club
  • Asia Pacific Association of Study of Liver Disease
  • Indian Society of Gastroenterology
  • Indian National Association of Study of Liver Disease
  • Vascular Liver disease Group (VALDIG)
  • American College of Physicians
  • Association of Physicians of India
  • National Academy of Medical Sciences
  • API Kerala Chapter
  • ISG, Kerala Chapter