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Juan Carlos García-Valdecasas, MD, PhD. is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Barcelona and Head of the General and Digestive Surgery Service and the Liver Transplant Unit. He specializes in Live Donor Liver Transplants and is one of the world´s leading names in hepatobiliopancreatic surgeries.
Graduating from the School of Medicine, University of Barcelona, he received his medical degree in 1975. He was an intern and chief resident at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and was trained in liver surgery and transplantation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge (UK), Groningen (Netherlands) and Pittsburgh (USA).
In June 1988, he performed the first liver transplantation and since then the Institution has performed more than 1700, being one of the most active centers in Europe. The Unit performs any type of transplant, pioneering either living or non-heart beating donation liver transplantation in Spain. His Group is currently a world reference in DCD Donation.
He has written more than 300 journal articles, most of them in the field of liver transplantation and surgery. He has held many lectureship and visiting professorships in Spain and abroad and has been the recipient of a number of research grants. He has been invited speaker in several congresses around the world including, Ann-Harbor, Sao Paulo, Virginia, Oporto, Kaohsiumg, Seoul, Hong Kong etc.., national (Spain) and international Meetings (ESOT, ILTS, Panhellenic etc.)
He is member of: The European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT), the Catalan Society of Transplantation (CST), and The Transplantation Society (TTS). Former Vice President of the European Liver and Intestine Transplantation Society, (1994-2000), and Past President of the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS. 2012-2012). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Liver Transplantation Journal.
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