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February 24, 2004
Bruce R. Bacon, M.D., Named President of American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
ST. LOUIS --Bruce R. Bacon, M.D., director of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and co-medical director of the Saint Louis University Liver Center, has been named president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). Dr. Bacon holds the James F. King, M.D., endowed chair in gastroenterology at SLU.
The AASLD represents more than 2,400 physicians, researchers and other health professionals. It publishes the journal Hepatology, the foremost publisher of research on liver disease, and the journal Liver Transplantation, the leading journal in the field of liver transplantation.
"The AASLD is the leading professional association for those interested in the liver and in liver disease," said Dr. Adrian Di Bisceglie, who as chief of hepatology works with Dr. Bacon at Saint Louis University. "It is very appropriate that Dr. Bacon has been selected to serve as the president of this prestigious association as he is internationally recognized as a leader in research and teaching related to hepatology and, most important, in the care of patients with liver disease."
Through his research into the treatment and prevention of hepatitis C and other liver diseases, and his successful treatment of high profile patients such as country singer Naomi Judd, Dr. Bacon has raised awareness of liver disease around the world. He has been on the faculty of Saint Louis University School of Medicine since 1990, when he joined the university as director of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology.
Since his arrival, outpatient encounters in the division have increased from 600 per year for all division specialists to more than 700 per month for liver specialists alone. Research funding has increased from none in 1990 to over $1.8 million per year. In 1999, he and Dr. Di Bisceglie founded the Saint Louis University Liver Center, which has earned an international reputation for patient care; basic and clinical research; and medical and public education.
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first M.D. degree west of the Mississippi River. Saint Louis University School of Medicine is a pioneer in geriatric medicine, organ transplantation, chronic disease prevention, cardiovascular disease, neurosciences and vaccine research, among others. The School of Medicine trains physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health services on a local, national and international level.