Adrian M. Di Bisceglie, MD, FACP, FAASLD, who has been selected as this year’s Distinguished Service Award Recipient, has spent his career involved in the development of new therapies for chronic hepatitis and authored nearly 400 publications on the subject of viral hepatology and liver disease. He has been a member of AASLD since 1989, attended every annual meeting since 1984 and has served the association in a number of capacities including as Chair of the Clinical Research Committee, the Public Policy Committee and a number of abstract selection committees. He has also been co-organizer of three AASLD single topic conferences on: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, New Therapeutic Agents for Hepatitis C and End-Points in Clinical Trials for Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
Dr. Di Bisceglie served as associate editor of HEPATOLOGY from 1991 to 1995 and as a member of its editorial board. He was elected to the Nominating Committee in 2001 and then to the AASLD Governing Board in 2010. During his time on the board, he was instrumental in establishing the AASLD Foundation. Dr. Di Bisceglie ultimately served as AASLD President in 2014. He recently shared with The Liver Meeting® Today the greatest influences on his career in hepatology.
LMT: Who is the person who has had the greatest impact on your career?
Dr. Di Bisceglie:That would be Dr. Jay Hoofnagle who was my supervisor when I arrived at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland in 1985. He taught me a great deal about the research methodology and how to do things the right way and continues up to the present to be supportive and to mentor me.
LMT: What is the one thing that has had the greatest impact on your career? How did this influence or affect your career/life?
Dr. Di Bisceglie:That would probably be my medical training in South Africa at Baragwanath Hospital, the hospital that serves the population of Soweto, just outside Johannesburg. It was there I developed good clinical skills, and I saw patients with liver disease including primary liver cancer related to hepatitis B. That inspired in me an interest to pursue research in this area.
LMT: Where is the place that has had the greatest impact on your career? How has this place influenced you?
Dr. Di Bisceglie: The place that I’ve spent the longest part of my career is in St. Louis at Saint Louis University, so I would have to say because of the duration, it’s probably had the biggest impact on my career. It is because of having an outstanding environment among my colleagues in hepatology at Saint Louis University that’s enabled me to clinically practice hepatology and to be a successful researcher in the field of liver disease.
LMT: Why liver?
Dr. Di Bisceglie: My interest in liver disease was inspired by a teacher in South Africa, Professor Michael Kew, a famous hepatologist who was able to make the world of liver disease accessible in a simple and understandable way, and also made it interesting. Also, in terms of my ongoing interest, well, it’s too late for me to be come a dermatologist. <chuckle> Liver disease really is a fascinating field, and I continued to find new challenges and questions that need to be answered. I find the clinical practice of hepatology intriguing and rewarding.
Dr. Di Bisceglie will be recognized on Monday at 9:30 am in Hall D of Moscone North/South.