The UBC Hepatology Training Program is based at the Vancouver General Hospital and began its existence in 1999. The Vancouver General Hospital is the home of the province’s liver transplant program, pre-liver transplant assessment program, the multidisciplinary hepatocellular carcinoma group, the hepatobiliary surgical group, the UBC interventional radiology group and the BC Hepatitis Program. The hospital is the tertiary referral center for acute liver failure, end-stage cirrhosis, and liver/biliary cancer.
The training program welcomes both Canadian and International trainees who have completed gastroenterology or internal medicine and have an interest in liver disease. Trainees will develop clinical expertise, both in-patient and out-patient, in liver transplantation, cirrhosis & portal hypertension, acute liver failure, chronic viral hepatitis (ie. hepatitis B and hepatitis C), general hepatology (ie. autoimmune liver disease, metabolic liver disease) and hepatocellular carcinoma. There are opportunities for clinical research although this is not mandatory. The program’s alumni have all developed successful careers in hepatology both in Canada and abroad. The program fulfills all the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Area of Focused Competence (AFC) Diploma in Hepatology and alumni of our training program will be eligible to obtain a Diploma in Hepatology via the RCPSC per practice route.