Arun J. Sanyal, MD, FAASLD, is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award. Dr. Arun Sanyal, professor at Virgina Commonwealth University, has developed, mediated and encouraged liver research globally as a physician-scientist for 25 years. His research has focused on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and the complications of end-stage liver disease with a particular focus on the translation of scientific discovery towards development of better diagnostics and therapeutics for patients with liver disease. He has published 398 scholarly papers with a Hirsch index of 100 and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for 24 years.

Dr. Sanyal has chaired the hepatobiliary study section of the NIH and leads the NIDDK NASH Clinical Research Network and the FNIH NIMBLE consortium. He has served as President of the AASLD and led the development of the core curriculum for training in hepatology that served as the foundation for establishment of national standards in training. By creation of the Liver Forum, he has also accelerated development of therapeutics for NASH globally. His work and leadership has been recognized by several awards and earlier this year received the Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award for his deep commitment to the betterment of human health globally via science, education and policy. He recently shared with The Liver Meeting® Today the greatest influences on his career in hepatology.