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Prof. Laurent Castera

Prof. Laurent Castera MD PhD


Department of Hepatology Hôpital Beaujon, AP-HP INSERM U773, University of Paris-VII, Clichy, France

Laurent Castera graduated from Paris Medical School in 1987 and completed his residency in Hepatology and Gastroenterology in Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris until 1993 when he received his Medical degree from the University of Paris-VI.

He further completed his training in Hepatology as Assistant Professor in the department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology at the University of Paris-XI (Hôpital Bicêtre) until 1997. Then he spent three years as a research fellow at the INSERM Unit 99 in the laboratory of Prof. Jean-Michel Pawlotsky (Hôpital Henri Mondor, Créteil) where he worked on different aspects of hepatitis viruses resistance to antiviral therapy, using a quasispecies approach. He earned his Doctoral degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Paris-XII in 2007. Meanwhile, he was appointed Médecin des Hôpitaux in 2001 and moved to the department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology of the University Hospital of Bordeaux where he started to develop clinical research on novel approaches for the non-invasive evaluation of liver fibrosis, based on the measurement of liver stiffness using transient elastography.

In 2011, Prof. Castera joined the department of Hepatology at the University of Paris-VII (Hôpital Beaujon, Clichy) to take the lead of the non-invasive methods and the HCC group. Laurent Castera is member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) and of the French Association for the Study of the Liver (AFEF). He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Hepatology and Gut and as a member of the Scientific Committee of the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) since 2011. He became member of the EASL Governing Board in April 2012.

Prof Castera was Secretary General of EASL from 2015-2017.