The Saint Louis University Liver Center was designated a center of excellence in December 2001 with institutional monies derived from the SLU2000 Center of Excellence Award. The Liver Center enjoys worldwide recognition as a center of excellence for research and treatment of liver diseases and liver cancer. The Liver Center is committed to excellence in quality care, basic and clinical research and medical and public education. Designation as a center of excellence brings together all the clinical and research resources of Saint Louis University and Saint Louis University Hospital to help diagnose, treat, cure and educate the public about liver diseases.
Providing national leadership in the field of hepatology, the Liver Center is staffed by some of the highest-profile doctors and research scientists in the nation. Many are named in the Best Doctors, Inc. database, an independent medical reference service. The liver specialists in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology see more than 1,200 patients per month with various types of liver diseases. These physicians have one of the world’s largest hepatitis C practices in the world, treating more than 2,000 patients annually. One of the Liver Center’s better-known patients is Grammy-winning recording artist, Naomi Judd of the popular country duo, “The Judds”, who after diagnosis with hepatitis C, was given just three years to live. Naomi Judd now credits the Liver Center’s co-director, Dr. Bruce R. Bacon and his team for saving her life.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Saint Louis University Liver Center is to study liver disease and apply new technologies discovered by basic research to the medical care of patients with liver disease. Through this mission the Saint Louis University Liver Center encourages and supports important biomedical research into liver disease; addressing major local, national and international needs, through a cohesive group of researchers from different disciplines involved in liver research.The Objectives of the Liver Center are:
- To apply new technologies discovered by basic research to the medical care of patients with liver disease.
- To form a cohesive group of investigators from different disciplines involved in liver research.
- To enhance national and international recognition of the faculty in the Saint Louis University Liver Center involved in the practice of hepatology and in both basic and clinical research in liver biology and pathology.
- To enhance funding for liver research at Saint Louis University.
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