Andres T. Blei, MD Memorial Lecture
In memory of the beloved educator and researcher Andy Blei, the second annual Andres T. Blei, MD Memorial Lecure was held May 8th. Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, MD, PhD, was our guest speaker at Medical Grand Rounds for the lecture.
Dr. Blei is remembered by colleagues, students and friends as an exemplary teacher, investigator and clinician. He enriched Northwestern through his humanism and dedication to excellence and is truly missed by all. Dr. Blei was an international leader in the field of hepatology, having been instrumental in the development of the Center for Liver Diseases at Northwestern University where he served as Division Chief of Hepatology. His contributions to the field were far reaching with research interests in mechanisms of hepatic encephalopathy and serving as Editor-in-Chief of Hepatology, the leading journal of his field, which flourished under his leadership. It was while Editor-in-Chief of Hepatology that he first met Dr. Pawlotsky, who served as an Associate Editor during his tenure.
Dr. Pawlotsky joins us from Paris, France where he is Professor of Medicine at the University of Paris-Est as well as Director of the National Reference Center for Viral Hepatitis B, C, and Delta; and Chief of the Department of Biology at the Henri Mondor University Hospital. Dr. Pawlotsky is currently Associate Editor of Gastroenterology and a former Secretary General for the European Association of the Study of the Liver (EASL). His talk was entitled "Optimizing HCV Cure" and focused on the evolving treatments available for treatment of hepatitis C.