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Education ?

Medical School Score Rankings
University of Washington (1999)
Top 25%

Awards & Distinctions ?

Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2015)
Patients' Choice Award (2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2015)
Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree (2015)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2009, 2011 - 2015)
On-Time Doctor Award (2009, 2015)
American Board of Internal Medicine
Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Foundation of America

Affiliations ?

Dr. Hurlburt is affiliated with 4 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Providence Alaska Medical Center
    PO Box 196604, Anchorage, AK 99519
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
    2801 Debarr Rd, Anchorage, AK 99508
  • Providence Extended Care Center
    4900 Eagle St, Anchorage, AK 99503
  • Providence Alaska Med Ctr, Anchorage, Ak
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Hurlburt has contributed to 4 publications.
    Title Azathioprine Metabolite Measurements Are Not Useful in Following Treatment of Autoimmune Hepatitis in Alaska Native and Other Non-caucasian People.
    Date February 2011
    Journal Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology = Journal Canadien De Gastroenterologie

    In autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) patients treated with azathioprine, the utility of measuring thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) and azathioprine metabolites has been limited.

    Title Hepatitis B-associated Vasculitis in Alaska Natives: Viral Genotype, Clinical and Serologic Outcome.
    Date August 2007
    Journal Liver International : Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver

    BACKGROUND: The highest incidence of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-associated vasculitis in the world has been reported in Alaska Natives. We examined the incidence of HBV-associated vasculitis before and after mass HBV vaccine immunization and the association between HBV genotype and vasculitis in a population-based cohort study in Alaska natives chronically infected with HBV. METHODS: Genotyping was performed in vasculitis cases and 644 hepatitis B-positive controls without vasculitis using polymerase chain reaction and sequencing of the S gene. Occurrence of HBV vasculitis from 1974 to 2004 was calculated. HBV vasculitis patients and controls were also tested for basal core promoter and precore mutations. RESULTS: Fifteen cases of HBV-associated vasculitis were identified: 13 (86%) had genotype D and one each genotype A and F. Genotype D was more commonly found in patients with vasculitis than controls [odd ratio (OR)=5.9, confidence interval (95% CI) 1.2, 21.8; P<0.015). CONCLUSIONS: HBV-associated vasculitis was associated with genotype D.

    Title Hepatitis B Virus Genotypes in Alaska Native People with Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Preponderance of Genotype F.
    Date February 2007
    Journal The Journal of Infectious Diseases

    BACKGROUND: The development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection has been associated with specific HBV genotypes and the presence of specific mutations. METHODS: From a cohort of Alaska Native people with chronic HBV infection, we genotyped 47 patients with HCC and 1129 patients without HCC, and we tested patients with HCC and control patients for mutations in the basal core promoter and precore regions. RESULTS: Genotype F was found in 68% of patients with HCC, versus 18% of those without HCC (P<.001). For patients with genotype F, the median age at diagnosis of HCC was lower than that for patients with other genotypes (22.5 vs. 60 years, respectively; P=.002). Overall, there were no significant differences in the number of basal core promoter and precore region mutations between patients with HCC and control patients. CONCLUSIONS: We found a significant association between genotype F and the development of HCC among Alaska Native people with chronic HBV infection but no significant association between HCC and basal core promoter or precore mutations in genotype F.

    Title Prevalence of Autoimmune Liver Disease in Alaska Natives.
    Date October 2002
    Journal The American Journal of Gastroenterology

    OBJECTIVE: There is limited information on the prevalence of autoimmune liver disease in nonwhite populations. We conducted a population-based study on the prevalence of autoimmune liver diseases in Alaska natives. METHODS: Clinical records from 1984 to July, 2000 were reviewed to identify Alaska natives with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), primary sclerosing cholangitis, autoimmune cholangitis, and overlap syndromes of two of the above. AIH was defined as definite or probable, based on criteria established by the International Autoimmune Hepatitis Group. The diagnosis of PBC was based on a positive antimitochondrial antibody of > or = 1: 40, biochemical evidence of cholestasis, and compatible liver biopsy. Autoimmune cholangitis was defined as PBC but without a positive antimitochondrial antibody. Primary sclerosing cholangitis was diagnosed on the basis of cholangiogram. RESULTS: Seventy-seven patients with possible autoimmune liver disease were identified. Of these, 42 had definite and seven probable AIH. At presentation, 34.7% of patients with AIH presented with acute icteric hepatitis, and 65.3% were asymptomatic. Persons presenting with mild or no symptoms were more likely to have moderate to severe fibrosis on liver biopsy than those presenting with jaundice. Eighteen persons were diagnosed with PBC, five with autoimmune cholangitis, five with overlap syndrome, and none with primary sclerosing cholangitis. The combined point prevalence of AIH Alaska natives was 42.9/100,000 (95% CI = 31-57.7). The prevalence of PBC was 16/100,000 (95% CI = 12.9-25.4). CONCLUSIONS: This population-based study demonstrates that the prevalence rates of AIH and PBC in Alaska natives are comparable with reported rates in other populations.

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