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.
In addition to treating patients with liver diseases, the Hepatology Service also collaborates intensively in the liver transplant program together with the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and the Digestive System Transplant Services. Moreover, we collaborate with the Gastrointestinal Unit of the Digestive System Service in taking care of hepatic patients with gastrointestinal bleeding, and in the control of haemophilic patients from the Haemophilic 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.
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.
The constant search for excellence is part of Hospital Vall d’Hebron’s nature. The biggest hospital in Catalonia and the leader in many fields, headed since February 2015 by Dr. Vicenç Martínez Ibáñez, who has a close personal and professional relationship with the Hospital. Dr. Martínez Ibáñez says that if Vall d’Hebron did not exist, it would need to be invented. The current director trained at the hospital, where he was one of the protagonists of an historic moment: the first paediatric liver transplant in Spain. Now, he is committed to continuing this legacy and, always putting the patient first, achieving excellence across all staff.