Professor Shiv Kumar Sarin obtained his MBBS degree with seven gold medals (1974), his MD in General Medicine (1978) from Rajasthan University, and his Fellowship in Gastroenterology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, in 1981. He served at the G.B. Pant Hospital, University of Delhi in 1983, becoming the Director Professor and Head of Gastroenterology in 1997. He is currently the Senior Professor and Head, Department of Hepatology and Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences. Due to his deep interest and contributions to translational science, he serves as Adjunct Faculty, Molecular Medicine at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
During his academic career spanning 33 years, Prof. Sarin contributed immensely to the field of Hepatology. These include “Sarin’s Classification of Gastric Varices”; variceal band ligation as primary prophylaxis which was a landmark NEJM paper. He defined new disease entities, portal biliopathy and acute and chronic liver failure His seminal contributions on liver regeneration using growth factors have the potential for providing non-transplant options to ACLF patients. He has more than 440 publications, helped develop 18 major guidelines and edited 11 books. He is the founding Co-Chief Editor of Hepatology International.
Prof. Sarin was privileged to mentor 86 fellows and 25 PhD students, and 25 of these head or serve as teaching faculty, including many in the US. He started the APASL School of Hepatology and was instrumental in setting up a Dedicated Liver University, the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in India. ILBS was recently designated as the first WHO Collaborative Canter globally in Liver Diseases.
Prof. Sarin has been bestowed with Padma Bhushan (third highest civilian award of the country) by the Government of India. . He is a member of all the three science academies of the country. He has been a recipient of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award, the highest Award in Science in India, The World Academy of Medical Sciences International Prize, EASL International Recognition Award and “Most Distinguished Physician from India” from the American Association of Physicians of India, Fogarty Fellowship of the NIH to work at University of Yale, and Senior Fellowship of the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science to work at Chiba, Japan..
Prof. Sarin has had leadership roles as President of National and Asian Liver Societies and Chairs the Steering Committee of the APASL. He introduced far reaching reforms and a ‘Vision 2015’ document for Medical Education in India; covered by The Lancet.