Dr. Kristel Hunt

Hepatology
Bronx, NY
25 years experience female

Locations

jj peters bronx Va

Bronx, NY

Address

130 west Kingsbridge Rd, Bronx, NY, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 12pm
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Insurances accepted

VA healthcare

About

Bio

Dr Hunt is a 1998 graduate of Columbia Physicians & Surgeons. She remained at Columbia for her internal medicine and transplant hepatology training. She also obtained a Master's degree in biostatistics from the Mailman School of Medicine. Dr Hunt completed her GI fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine (Mt Sinai). She currently works at the JJ Peters VA in the Bronx, with academic appointments both at Mt Sinai and New York Presbyterian-Columbia. She is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology, and her special interests include management of end stage liver disease, HCC and hepatitis C.

Specialties
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Hepatology

Gastroenterology

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: New York

Languages spoken

English, Estonian, Finnish, German

Doctor Q&A

214 Answers
35 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Possibly: A definitely, but acute A injection has a brief incubation period so statistically not very likely. B is transmitted via blood or other infected bod... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Yes: it means that was nothing abnormal (like inflammation) detected on the biopsies.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Alcoholic liver Dz: need to know compensated/ not compensated liver disease. Failing liver (elevated bilirubin, INR/ low platelets, albumin) would be concerning indeed. ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
No: you mean for blood? it is an alternative method for colon cancer screening, but not, it is not needed if you're getting the colonoscopy anyway.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Yes however old you: are... we do a thorough exam at the colonoscopy - polyps, masses, any mucosal abnormalities. deal with anything/everything that we see.
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A 78-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Pros and cons: you have to weigh the risk of stent thrombosis (sig less after the first 12mo) to risks of continued Plavix (clopidogrel) use, bleeding in particular.... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Higher cancer risk: she really should try to stop. in a cirrhotic, 4 fold higher risk of liver cancer in smokers. sounds like you might be a great support for her.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Unfortunately, no.: it is one of the most forgiving organs... often, most of it has to fail before truly complaining. please drink in moderation and make sure you stay a... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Depends on cause: with gallstones, it can resolve in days. with viral hepatitis, in weeks (with treatment). DILI (drug induce liver injury) can take up to 6 months to ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Any relation to food: sounds a bit nonspecific - from the location, could be anything from muscle pain to gallstones to gas? anything you were doing to set it off?? from 2... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Nitroglycerin??: nitroglycerin is pretty sensitive to light and won't last long - check the bottle for expiration date, and don't count on it to help past that time. i... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Often none till late: stages if disease which is why it is so lethal. but symptoms one *could* have - abdominal pain, bloating, early satiety, weight loss, anorexia (no ap... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
You sure no Hp?: on biopsy or serologies? nodular gastritis, especially in young women, is most commonly associated with h pylori. are your symptoms any better on th... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Getting better/worse: ?? if worse, would definitely go see your GI doc. did you get constipated after the procedure perhaps? sometimes straining can lead to more painful he... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Most likely : sounds like serous fluid - assume you have a follow-up visit with your surgeon soon, yes? if your belly feels otherwise normal (soft, no pain) and no... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Alcohol and biliary: obstruction are most common causes of GGT to be this high. if you don't drink heavily, you shoudl have an imaging test to look at your biliary tree (u... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Depends why: if you're leading a healthy life at a good weight and no more than moderate alcohol use, and are at no risk for viral hepatitides, you probably don't ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Your question?: yes fibrosis without disease modification can progress into cirrhosis however this process usually takes 30-40 years. with new HCV drugs, we expect 95... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Yes: anything below 7 is considered minimal if any fibrosis. definitely no cirrhosis by that.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
HCV treatment: most of the current 'about-to-be-ready' regimens are with non-nukes - but you can check out where things are at in the HCV world at this website: www... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
I hope they told you: we certainly should not be the sole source of information for this!! but - you'll need to take the laxatives for the colonoscopy the day before, show ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Become unsedentary: your risk of stroke at your age and no risk factors is minute - but yes, you *could* have one. bricks fall out of the clear sky, too. stay active an... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Vitamin A: Excess vitamin A is the reason people/books might tell you to avoid liver while pregnant. A small amount every now and then should be safe though - as... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Fundic gland polyps: perhaps not *normal* but common, yes - up to 10% of people on long-term PPI develop fundic gland polyps. we have no data so far to say that it predisp... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Up to a week: for highest chances of conception, 2-3d from ovulation though. and sperm would not hang out in the vagina - it would have travelled to the fallopian t... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Metabolized slower: alcohol may well stay in system longer as can no longer be processed normally. but shouldn't give a higher initial BAC, just slow clearance.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Was studied in 1980s: and again being looked into - but certainly no conclusive evidence that it works. current HBV Rx is so easily tolerated and works well - I'd recommen... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Anatomy : sometimes if's super easy to get through the ileocecal valve and sometimes harder, especially in thin women. he probably used the forceps to pull him... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Likely: cirrhosis can often be 'compensated' meaning no issues with bloodwork. USG is notoriously poor at picking up cirrhosis - again only good at decompens... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Many years : it usually takes 10-15 years for a polyp to grow into a cancer including stage IV cancer - but much of this also has to do with the person's age, fami... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Wait 4 weeks : The screening test could mistake vaccine in the bloodstream (which is not infectious) for hepatitis B infection, and then you'd get ruled out for dona... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Excellent: late out in pregnancy, the exact fetal age is much harder to pin down exactly. if you had an USG in the first few weeks, then 5 days is a much bigger ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Consent for ICV?: you presumably knew you were getting colon surgery, no? if you re-read your consent am pretty sure you'll find 'and related procedures' in there. i ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Occult breast cancer: is breast cancer found just by nodal metastasis - without clinically evident disease in the breast. there is huge variability in survival depending o... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Get him regular f/u: he needs regular bloodwork, regular cancer and variceal screening, minimize any contributing factors (stop alcohol, treat HCV, etc). many people can ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Less likely: though immunity can wane with time.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Etiology: hepatitis =inflammation, you want to know what the inflammation is caused by. (viral hepatitis, fat, alcohol, etc). how best to modify your risk facto... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Depending on kind: of hepatitis... alcoholic hepatitis, steatohepatitis (fatty liver) or any drug-related hepatitis is not contagious in the least. Hep A is transmitted ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
A few but none good: biopsy or fibroscan are really a lot more reliable. FIB-4, APRI, Fibrosure are all used in trying to detect advanced fibrosis/early cirrhosis - but t... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Inflammation: it's one of the histologic findings in esophagitis - in your child's case, reflux esophagitis. Meaning there is some inflammation in the lining of th... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Possibly: people have certainly advocated its use in regulating periods as well as providing relief for heavy menstrual periods. so it's certainly possible tha... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Life is fatal...: not sure what you're after. cardiovascular disease, cancers, trauma - all have potential to be fatal.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Depends on your prep: if it didn't go that well and you didn't empty the bowels out properly, it can continue for 2-3 days. most people have the opposite experie... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Yes: no known negative interaction with H2 blockers and probiotics
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Tablets vs capsules?: capsules or liquid are certainly a lot more common but sure, the EPA/DHA, Vits A and D can be packaged into a tablet as well. or do you mean does cod... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Apple cider vinegar?: assuming that's what you mean, no, there is no evidence for it being bad for your liver and indeed, many sources tout it as a 'cleanser' (there is no ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Sometimes, none: which can make diagnosis of cirrhosis tricky in the early stages. but at the late (decompensated) stages, you can have jaundice (yellowed eyes and sk... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
What kind of imaging: did you have? i would only consider biopsy if a good triple phase CT and/or Eovist MRI were equivocal in the diagnosis. agree that you're definitely... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Usually inflammation: by having chronic inflammation of the liver - due to viral hepatitis, alcohol, excessive fat or autoimmune diseases. this results in scarring = cirrh... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
No real treatment : mostly management of symptoms. sometimes things can regress with viral therapy or cessation of alcohol. antifibrotic treatments are in active resear... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hunt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hunt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! it has just occured to me that i have experienced pains in my legs now, intermittently for at least a year, especially when i'm on a long commute
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Thanks Dr. Hunt, I have Cirrhosis Early also AND can't eat veggies cos of trying to get protein in.. have had RNY Gastric Bypass, result of NASH Liver
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Thanks, I think my doc has forgotten about me, it has been over 3 months since my last dose and I have never been called in for bloodwork.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

NEW YORK-PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
Completed 2001

Awards

AASLD Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Resident Scholar Travel Award, American Liver Foundation (ALF)/American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
American Society of Transplantation, President's Award

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