At the Hepatology Department, we focus primarily on treating patients with liver disease, both those hospitalised on our ward and in outpatient care and interconsultations.
Apart from treating patients with liver disease, at the Hepatology Department we treat internal medicine patients admitted to the Department and collaborate in their care at various other areas in the Hospital.
We also collaborate intensively in the Liver Transplant Programme, in conjunction with the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Department. We also treat hepatic patients with digestive bleeding in the Bleed Unit of the Digestive System Department, as well as checking on haemophilia patients with the Haemophilia Unit.
Portfolio of services
- Care for admitted patients
- Outpatient care
- Hepatology interconsultations
- Internal medicine interconsultations
- Primary care consultations
- Liver biopsies
- Psychometric tests
- Clinical trials in hepatology
The Hepatology Department is part of the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) with its own research group, the Hepatic Diseases Group. We are involved in clinical, basic and experimental research in liver diseases.
We also carry out significant teaching activity, with members of the Department involved in teaching medical residents (tutorials); medical degree teaching from fourth to sixth year; postgraduate teaching (doctoral theses) after the residency, as well as providing research fellowships and continuing education.
The former head of the Thoracic Surgery Department, Dr. Mercè Canela, recently retired, recalls the important evolution of the Department to become a leader in Spain and a lung transplant pioneer. A task made possible thanks to collaboration with professionals from other departments, an added value in the personal and team environment.
Rosalia Moure arrived at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in 1967. She spent her entire working life in the linen and laundry department of the Hospital. Rosalia Moure has witnessed the Hospital’s big transformations, from dictatorship to democracy and from analogue to digital systems.
Dr. Josep Sánchez de Toledo Codina, head of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Department, tells us about a Department that has laid the foundations for the specialism in Spain. He also remembers the evolution of transplants from haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors, from the beginning, buying the material at a shop in Barcelona city centre, to the more than 1,200 transplants that have now been performed.
Dr. Francesc Bosch, Head of the Haematology Department, talks about the complexity of the Department, which has turned Vall d’Hebron into a reference centre in haematology thanks to its commitment to transplants and the use of new treatments. The Clinical Trials Unit helps a lot, giving access to treatments for complex patients.
The Master's Degree in Biomedical and Translational Research is an official programme created to train researchers with the requisite combination of scientific knowledge and skills to contribute to the future success of biomedical research.
Fermín Fernández Álvarez, Porter Coordinator, explains the importance of the role these professionals play in the hospital. After 36 years at Vall d’Hebron, Fermín is a real master of the ways things are done. He says that a porter has to combine humility, discretion and safety with a single goal: that patients receive human and friendly treatment.