AASLD-APASL Symposium: Portal Hypertension

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Recorded On: 11/14/2016

The symposium will provide a broad overview on the diversity of portal hypertension in the Western World and in the Asia Pacific Region. Experts will discuss the presentation, diagnosis, and management of the consequences of portal hypertension, and will benefit all health care professionals engaged in encountering these patients in their clinical practice.

K. Rajender Reddy

Florence Wong

Florence Wong, MD is a full professor at the University of Toronto and staff Hepatologist at the Toronto General Hospital, Ontario, Canada. She received her medical degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia and completed her postgraduate training in Australia and in Toronto, Canada. Apart from caring for a large population of patients with advanced liver cirrhosis, Dr. Wong has been active in research in the pathogenesis of portal hypertension, ascites formation, liver-kidney interaction, including the development of hepatorenal syndrome, and renal failure in cirrhosis for the past 28 years. She has received research funding from various funding agencies including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Liver Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

She has been the Secretary of the International Ascites Club, organizing two international meetings on the complications of ascites, she also held the position as the Chair of the Education Committee of the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver. Recently, she served as the Chair of the "Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure Special Interest Group" of the American Association for the Study of the Liver, and organizer of the Single Topic Symposium of Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure. Currently, she is the Deputy Editor of Liver Transplantation. She is also the recipient of the Gold Medal from the Canadian Liver Foundation and the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver for her contribution to academia in Hepatology.

She has published widely on the topics related to ascites, and renal dysfunction in cirrhosis. She has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications as well as contributing regular reviews, book chapters and editorials on similar topics. She is currently on the writing committee to write the guidelines for the management of refractory ascites for the American Association for the Study of the Liver. Most recently, she has been responsible for putting together a landmark international document defining renal failure in cirrhosis.

Shiv K. Sarin

Shiv K. Sarin, MD, FAASLD is the senior professor of hepatology and director of Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi. He was instrumental in setting up the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, under the auspices of the Govt of Delhi. He is also the director, WHO Collaborative Centre on Chronic Liver diseases and Viral Hepatitis at ILBS. He serves as adjunct faculty, Molecular Medicine at JNU due to his deep interest and contributions to translational science. He was credited with several new treatment protocols for liver diseases, specifically variceal bleeding, liver regeneration, hepatitis B and acute-on-chronic liver failure. He has more than 620 publications to his credit, edited 13 books on liver diseases and contributed 87 chapters in various medical textbooks. He has helped develop 19 major guidelines: including six major Asian Pacific Treatment Guidelines in Liver diseases.

Sarin’s leadership roles include serving as president of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology, Indian Association for the Study of the Liver, Asian Pacific Association of Liver (APASL) and chairman steering committee of the APASL. He was awarded the prestigious 2017 Henry L. Bockus Medal by World Gastroenterology Organization. He was bestowed with Padma Bhushan by the government of India. He was a recipient of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, The World Academy of Medical Sciences (TWAS) International Prize, EASL International Recognition Award, Om Prakash Bhasin Award, Dhanvantri Medical Award, Ranbaxy Medical Sciences Award and the ‘Best Teacher’ Award. He, along with other Board of Governors, developed the ‘Vision 2015’ document for Medical Education in India during his tenure as chairman of Medical Council of India.

Theo Heller

Dr. Heller is a senior clinical investigator at the National Institutes of Health where he heads the Translational Hepatology Section. His research focuses on liver disease progression with a particular focus on non-cirrhotic portal hypertension as a model for all patients with portal hypertension. He is focused on enhancing the clinical care of patients with portal hypertension while elucidating mechanisms that underlie the development of portal hypertension due to any etiology. His research encompasses translational and clinical techniques with the ultimate aim of ensuring superb outcomes for patients with liver disease.


Hitoshi Maruyama

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