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The AASLD Liver Meeting 2017, Washington DC, October 20-24

Award Recipients to be Honored at The Liver Meeting® 2017

Distinguished Achievement Award

The Distinguished Achievement Award is given to an individual in honor of his or her sustained scientific contributions to the field of liver disease and the scientific foundations of hepatology. The award honors a sustained contribution rather than a single discovery or major achievement.

Mei-Hwei Chang, MD, FAASLD

Distinguished Chair Professor, Department of Pediatrics, at the National Taiwan University College of Medicine.

Over the span of 30 years, Dr. Chang’s team has provided the first and most long-term research on the effects of a cancer prevention vaccine in humans. The universal hepatitis B virus vaccination program for infants was launched in Taiwan in 1984, and since that time, the nationwide program has reduced the liver cancer incidence ratio from 1.00 to 0.25 in children and young adults. Her innovative universal screening method for biliary atresia, a life-threatening liver disease in newborns, was established in Taiwan in 2004 and has since been used in many countries. It has solidified the early diagnosis and treatment and greatly improved outcomes. Dr. Chang has also been an author/editor on more than 400 publications and served as president of the Federation of International Societies of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition from 2008 to 2012.

Distinguished Clinician Educator/Mentor Award

The Distinguished Clinician Educator/Mentor Award is given in honor of the sustained service of clinician educators to AASLD or the liver community in general. The award recognizes the skills of outstanding clinicians and educators who have made momentous contributions to hepatology over an extended period. 

Dr. T. Jake LiangBrian J. McMahon, MD, FAASLD

Clinical Hepatologist, Medical, and Research Director at the Liver Disease and Viral Hepatitis Program at Alaska Native Medical Center

Brian McMahon has directed the vaccination programs in Alaska that have reduced the rates of acute hepatitis A and B from the highest in the United States to the lowest in the world. He has been active in research in viral hepatitis A, B, and C, as well as other liver diseases among Alaska Native/American Indians for over 30 years. Dr. McMahon co-authored the AASLD Practice Guideline on Chronic Hepatitis B from 2001 to 2009 and additional contributions include serving on the methodology committee for the 2016 AASLD Guidelines and on the writing committee for the 2017 AASLD supplemental Guideline. He also held the position of co-chair of the WHO hepatitis B Guidelines Committee. During his career, Dr. McMahon has been the author of more than 120 peer-reviewed papers, 50 book chapters, review articles and editorials.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual in honor of his or her sustained service to AASLD or the liver disease community in general. The award recognizes service provided to the community of hepatology researchers and clinicians over an extended period; service that is well above and beyond that provided by many members who serve on the Governing Board and Committees of AASLD.

Dr. Gregory J. GoresJohn R. Senior, MD, FAASLD

John Senior became a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in 1959 and was elected to the AASLD Council in 1969. In 1973, he became AASLD’s 25th President and continued to serve on the Governing Board until 1979. Dr. Senior, along with his immediate successor, Dr. Bill Summerskill, was instrumental in persuading the Board to take innovative steps to begin the series of annual courses in 1974; start a lay foundation, The American Liver Foundation in 1976; and start a new journal, HEPATOLOGY, in 1981. In June of 1995, he joined the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and serves today as a principal consultant in hepatology at the agency, focusing on preventing serious drug-induced liver injury. In 1999, Dr. Senior began organizing the series of annual, international conferences on drug-induced liver injury and continues to be active in that role with AASLD to this day.

Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

  • 2016
    Scott L. Friedman, MD, FAASLD
  • 2015 
    Charles M. Rice, PhD
  • 2014 
    Jules L. Dienstag, MD
  • 2013
    Roger Williams, CBE, MD, FRCP, FRCS, FMedSci
  • 2012 
    Anna Mae Diehl, MD
  • 2011 
    Harvey J. Alter, MD
  • 2010
    Sum-Ping Lee, MD, PhD
  • 2009 
    Nelson Fausto, MD
  • 2008 
    Lawrie W. Powell, MD, PhD
  • 2007 
    Juan Rodes, MD 2006 Neil Kaplowitz, MD
  • 2005 
    E Jenny Heathcote, MD
  • 2004 
    D. Montgomery Bissell, MD
  • 2003
    Nicholas F. LaRusso, MD
  • 2002
    Roberto J Groszmann, MD
  • 2001
    Jay H. Hoofnagle, MD
  • 2000
    Robert H. Purcell, MD
  • 1999 
    Francis V. Chisari, MD
  • 1998
    James L. Boyer, MD
  • 1997 
    Alan F. Hofmann, MD
  • 1996 
    Irmin Sternlieb, MD
  • 1995 
    Telfer B. Reynolds, MD
  • 1994 
    Irwin M. Arias, MD
  • 1993 
    Stanley E. Bradley, MD and Carl A. Goresky, MD
  • 1991
    Thomas E. Starzl, MD
  • 1990
    Rudi Schmid, MD
  • 1989 
    Aron Rappaport, MD
  • 1986
    Hyman J. Zimmerman, MD

Distinguished Clinician Educator/Mentor Award Recipients

  • 2016
    T. Jake Liang, MD, FAASLD
  • 2015
    Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, MD, FAASLD
  • 2014  
    William M. Lee, MD
  • 2013
    Arthur J. McCullough, MD                                       
  • 2012
    Nathan M. (Tony) Bass, MD
  • 2011
    Ding-Shinn Chen, MD
  • 2010
    Norman D. Grace, MD
  • 2009
    Laurie Blendis, MD
  • 2008
    Albert J. Czaja, MD

Distinguished Service Award Recipients

  • 2016 
    Gregory J. Gores, MD, FAASLD
  • 2015
    Elizabeth M Brunt, MD, FAASLD
  • 2014 
    Sherrie H. Cathcart, CAE
  • 2013 
    Frederick J. Suchy, MD                                            
  • 2012 
    Thomas D. Boyer, MD
  • 2011 
    Anna S. Lok, MD
  • 2010 
    Bruce R. Bacon, MD
  • 2009 
    Joseph R. Bloomer, MD
  • 2008 
    Andres T. Blei, MD
  • 2007 
    William F. Balistreri , MD
  • 2006 
    Allan W. Wolkoff , MD
  • 2005 
    Leonard B. Seeff , MD
  • 2004 
    Eugene R. Schiff, MD
  • 2003
    Paul D. Berk, MD
  • 2002 
    Esteban Mezey, MD
  • 2001
    Anthony S Tavill, MD
  • 2000 
    Willis C. Maddrey, MD
  • 1999 
    Michael F Sorrell, MD
  • 1998 
    Kamal G. Ishak, MD
  • 1997 
    Steven Schenker, MD
  • 1993 
    Sarah C. Kalser, PhD
  • 1991 
    Carroll M. Leevy, MD
  • 1990 
    Kunio Okuda, MD
  • 1989 
    Herbert Falk, MD
  • 1988 
    Dame Sheila Sherlock, MD, PhD
  • 1984 
    Burton Combes, MD
  • 1983 
    Hans Popper, MD
  • 1981 
    Leon Schiff, MD