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Dr. Kristel Hunt

Hepatology
Bronx, NY
24 years experience female

Locations

jj peters bronx Va

Bronx, NY

Address

130 west Kingsbridge Rd, Bronx, NY, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Hepatology

Gastroenterology

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: New York

Languages spoken

English, Estonian, Finnish, German

Doctor Q&A

214 Answers
35 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Something needs f/u: more details would be very helpful but am guessing something was a little 'off'. not too off cause then they would have started a lot more investigat... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Critical care: you need 4 years of medical school, then internal medicine or surgery/anesthesia residency (the paths can vary) and then a critical care fellowship. ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Your ? cut off..: if you relapsed for new year's, your time resets. are you talking about possible transplant candidacy?
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Talk to your GI: assume you had to see one for the procedures. the small bowel ulcers - on capsule endoscopy, EGD or colonoscopy? need to rule out IBD, though small ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
6-10 weeks on ave: average.. but can take as long as 6 months.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Anesthesia-related,: mostly. but can also cause bleeding or aspiration, potentially even perforation - but those usually
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
On ultrasound?: this is a common ultrasound finding, echogenic or heterogenous liver - meaning not all of liver tissue looks exactly the same. typically cause is some... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Abnormal LFTs: there's NAFLD (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease) which is just fat in the liver, and more of it than usual - and NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) w... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
GI bleed: Black loose stool much more concerning for an upper GI bleed. if you had a good quality colonoscopy 2 years ago, colon cancer is fairly unlikely (unl... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Sounds likeheartburn: hope your prescribing docs have discussed other lifestyle modifications with you besides not eating acidic foods? alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, late ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Take care ofyourself: can the cause of cirrhosis be treated? (HCV, hemorchromatosis, etc?) stay as healthy as you can, active, with plenty of veggies on your plate - thing... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Chemistry...: no PROVEN ill effects from aspartame(besides for phenylketonurics, of course) but generally better to stick to things that have been around for thousa... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
See your GI doc!: if it's a normal BM once a week and has always been like that - not a big deal, necessarily. but it sounds like it's a change from usual. tramadol ma... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Mildly elevated: NASH can certainly progress to cirrhosis though the bili is so so mildly elevated so I wouldn't worry about it too much. have you had a biopsy/fibrosc... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Pain at site of bx?: need a bit more info - percutaneous, transjugular biopsy? have you had imaging tests after the biopsy? a bleed under the capsule and stretching/ ner... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) better: if you indeed have/had an ulcer, you should try to stay away from NSAIDS. why not get an endoscopy and see what's really going on?
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Depends: how is your liver function? if your docs are suggesting waiting and not going for SIM/SOF now, then things can't be too dire. make sure you get regu... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
HAV, possibly: hep A is by fecal-oral transmission, so if the produce has been touched by someone with active HAV, it's possible. no on HBV.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Ubiquitous bug : close to 50% of world's population has Hp, vast majority will develop no problems because of it. it is certainly associated with gastritis and ulcer d... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Esophagitis: you'll need to be on a high-dose PPI (Prilosec, nexium) and possibly repeat the endoscopy in 3-6 months to rule out a condition like Barrett's. I ass... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
No self-exam: but at 19 it would be beyond unusual - what makes you worried about it? Guidelines vary among societies (some don't recommend screening at all) but i... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Cirrhosis: you say you have cirrhosis and HCV, and have (had) encephalopathy and (probably) SBP given your medication list. Your liver function is starting to b... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Agree with below: not a question that most social-only drinkers would ask. Daily alcohol consumption can make sedating you more difficult as your liver is revved up. W... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Please clarify: there's cirrhosis of the liver, which is end stage liver disease, advanced scarring. there's also an autoimmune liver disease called primary sclerosi... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Pregnancy calendar: search for any pregnancy calendar - if they've given you an official due date, you can calculate back, or a gestation age? here's one: http://www.bab... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Worth trying: if the donor is indeed healthy then the only real other risk is the risk of the procedure - which at your 35y/o is indeed minimal. if you're really un... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Take care ofyourself: If you already have portal hypertension as a complication of your liver disease, you probably have had cirrhosis for awhile. There is no "40% working... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Milk thistle: is really the only one with any evidence of effectiveness. as you probably know, herbal and natural supplements are not regulated so it is very hard ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Hep A but also EBV,: CMV. A number of systemic viral illnesses can also affect the liver (like mono) and resolve on their own without sequelae.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Growth: polyp? mass? did they remove it - do you have the biopsies or pathology back yet? a growth is just a way to say that there is something abnormal growi... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Lot of variables: with all the recent developments in the HCV world, we're certainly hoping to cut down on the number of pts needing transplants due to HCV-related dise... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Eat healthy: no but eating well is one of the best predictors of doing well in the long run. Both the Mediterranean diet and high scores on the Healthy Eating Ind... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Gastroenteritis??: there are tons of bugs, bacterial and viral that can cause gastroenteritis. or, depending on time course, you never cleared it to begin with or had a ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Not much these days!: with the oral-only combinations the list of side effects is pleasantly short, compared to the interferon days. anemia, N/V, headaches, taste disturba... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Please clarify: there are no medications for HCV administered IV... do you mean interferon, administered under the skin?
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Barrett's screening: you should have another endoscopy once you've had symptoms ~5y - to make sure you're not developing any changes in the lining of your esophagus called... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
No: cirrhosis is advanced liver disease, scarring - from any cause. Hep B is a virus. you have fatty liver - make sure you stay at a good weight with a h... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Extremely unlikely: HCV requires blood to blood contact so unless the lid was saturated in someone else's blood the answer is no.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Depends: albumin is low. bilirubin, platelets, INR all a lot more helpful than the other tests that you listed. Ascites can be managed easily, are there other ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Not expected: did he have any interventions done? sometimes with a polypectomy or biopsies there can be some focal inflammation (serositis). the fever could also b... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Not related: sounds like sciatica.. but you should check out the back pain with your doctor. am not sure why you think it would somehow be related to the hemorrho... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Inflammation: typically this would mean that the area around your appendix looked inflamed at your colonoscopy, and they took biopsies. are the biopsies back yet? ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Hope not!!: that would mean a perforation. we do look at your esophagus, stomach and small bowel - and the ampulla (where the biliary tree meets the small bowel)... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Check RDD: cod liver oil is high in lysine so best to check how much lysine you'd be getting. best to stick to no more than the recommended daily dosage.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
More uncomfortable: on insertion, but we can use topical lidocaine if they're really big/inflamed. also with sedatives onboard, you are unlikely to care too much.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Why measure so often: nl ALT is in teens -20s, lab cutoff usually around 40. why are your doctors measuring it so frequently - something else going on? other liver enzyme... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Bad liver=cirrhosis: people with cirrhosis are are at risk for liver cancer, varices (big veins along the food tube that can rupture and bleed), ascites (fluid in the bell... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Detox fads...: despite what you may hear from ads all day long, our bodies are actually excellent at detoxing themselves, as long as you manage with a reasonably hea... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Here are some #s: http://www.echopedia.org/wiki/Normal_Values_of_TTE#Right_Ventricular_Size_and_Function is this regarding you?? with your congenital heart disease t... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Hearing loss: often starts with being able to tease sounds apart from each other (conversations with background noise). get an exam to make sure it's nothing exter... 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

Affiliations

AASLD
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