How should you build your career in the field of liver transplantation? At the ILTS 2021 Virtual Congress Marina Berenguer discussed with Elizabeth Pomfret and Valeria Mas about their experiences and best practices. This discussion will give young specialists valuable input in career planning.
Elizabeth A. Pomfret
Elizabeth A. Pomfret, MD, PhD is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of Transplantation at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. She is an established multi-organ transplant surgeon with additional surgical training in living donor liver transplantation. Dr. Pomfret is an international leader within the field of transplantation and was the former Executive Editor of Transplantation, the most highly cited journal in the field of organ transplantation. Dr. Pomfret is an active researcher with a record of peer-reviewed publications and has lectured worldwide on current issues in the field.
Valeria Mas is a Professor of Surgery and Chief Surgical Science Division at the School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, University of Maryland. She is a cellular and molecular transplant researcher with expertise in high throughput molecular applications and big data analyses aimed to evaluate epigenetics modifications and regulation of gene expression in conditions associated with kidney, liver, and lung transplantation. During the last 15 years Dr. Mas mentored 24 undergraduate students, 12 medical students, 15 medical residents, 5 graduate PhD students, 8 post-doctoral fellows, and 6 junior faculty—most of them already independent researchers and/or established medical scientists.
Marina Berenguer is a Consultant Hepatologist at La Fe University Hospital in Valencia, Spain. President-Elect of the International Liver Transplantation Society in 2019. Research Coordinator within a National Network Research Center in Hepatology, CIBER-EHD”. Co-founder in 2016 of the Spanish Group of Women Hepatologists (GEMHEP). Recipient of several awards, including the Medical-Scientific Award from the Liver Transplant Patient Association in 2007, the Professional Career Acknowledgement granted by the Regional Government in 2010 and the Professionalism Award granted by EVAP-Business and Professional Association in 2019. She is the current President of ILTS.