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Physician honored for research in liver disease (2/9/98)

Steven Schenker, MD, professor of medicine and pharmacology and chief of the division of gastroenterology and nutrition at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, recently received one of the highest awards given to clinicians and researchers working in the field of liver diseases.

He was conferred the Distinguished Service Award at the 48th annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). The award is presented to an individual in honor of his or her sustained service to the AASLD or the liver disease research community in general.

Dr. Schenker's studies have contributed to understanding of hepatic coma in alcoholics with cirrhosis, proper use of drugs in patients with severe alcoholic liver disease, the effects of alcohol on metabolism of vitamins, fetal alcohol syndrome, and the effects of alcohol on liver growth. His work also has shed light on how the brain functions in the presence of a diseased liver.

Dr. Schenker was named to his Health Science Center posts in June 1982.

Contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2570