University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health


  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa – MD
  • University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics – Residency in Internal Medicine
  • University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics – Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, Michigan – Fellowship in Transplant Hepatology

Professional Activities

Dr. Erin Spengler is a faculty member in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology within the Department of Medicine and the Co-Director of the Metabolic Liver Health Clinic (MLHC) for Comprehensive NAFLD Care. She graduated medical school with Service Distinction, which recognizes people who work extensively to improve care for medically underserved, marginalized and rural populations. She dedicated much of these efforts to the care of Spanish-speaking migrant workers and victims of domestic violence. She has held regional and national leadership positions and served on the Communications and Technology Committee of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) as well as the Executive Committee of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) Liver and Intestinal Community of Practice (LICOP).

Clinical Specialties

As a hepatologist, Dr. Spengler cares for patients with advanced liver disease, using hepatopathology, diagnostic testing and medical interventions to diagnose and treat her patients. She feels the most successful medical outcomes require patient education, mutual respect and open communication. Dr. Spengler’s clinical interests include transplant medicine, advanced hepatology and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Research Interests

Dr. Spengler has more than 15 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and is the author of two book chapters on liver disease. Her publications and research efforts focus primarily on the care of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the management of portal hypertension and the outcomes of non-traditional liver transplant recipients. She remains involved in several multi-center research consortia and has been invited to present her research at national conferences.