National liver expert joins UCSD

Robert G. Gish, M.D., a world-renowned hepatologist, has joined the UCSD School of Medicine as co-director of the Center for Hepatobiliary Disease and Abdominal Transplantation (CHAT), a multidisciplinary program that offers adult and pediatric patients in the Western United States a single destination for the diagnosis and treatment of liver disease.

“Hepatitis B is a global problem with more than 400 million infected individuals and more than 1 million deaths occurring as a result of cirrhosis and liver cancer each year,” said Gish, who is also a professor of clinical medicine. “The UCSD team will not only focus on life-saving therapies for liver disease, but on promoting liver health locally and across continents through multilingual health education.”

“Gish’s international expertise in treating complex liver disease will further elevate UC San Diego as a world-class center for innovative liver care,” said Alan Hemming, M.D., professor of surgery, chief of transplantation and co-director of CHAT.

Before UCSD, Gish was medical director of the Liver Disease Management and Transplant Program at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, as well as division chief of the Section on Hepatology and Complex Gastroenterology within the Physicians Foundation at California Pacific Medical Center.

SOURCE: Press Release