GENEVA 11.06.2018 – The EASL International Liver Foundation’s board of directors today elected Jeffrey V. Lazarus as the 1st Vice-Chair.

Prof Jeffrey V. Lazarus is the head of the Health Systems Research Group at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Hospital Clínic. He also holds a position as an affiliated professor at CHIP, the WHO Collaborating Centre on HIV and Viral Hepatitis at Rigshospitalet, the University of Copenhagen. He earlier served as Professor at LUHS Medical Academy, Lithuania. His decade-long career as health systems, HIV and hepatitis expert at WHO’s Regional Office for Europe was followed by three years at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Prof Lazarus leaves the position as Board Chair of AFEW International to take up this new position. He continues on the steering committee of the two European Commission Joint Actions on infectious disease and as a member of the EASL International Liver Foundation.

“The foundation is extremely fortunate to have as its new Board Vice-Chair such an experienced and talented person,” said Prof. Massimo Colombo, Chairman of the EASL International Liver Foundation. “Jeffrey Lazarus has been a tremendously active board member. Over the past year, he has been co-leading key initiatives of our Foundation, such as the Viral Hepatitis Micro Elimination working group and the NAFLD Policy Review program. I know Jeffrey will be an excellent Vice-Chair for the Foundation and I look forward to continuing my strong working relationship with him.”


Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the EASL International Liver Foundation is a global non-profit organization, established in 2016 by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), committed to increasing the quality of life and reducing premature mortality for the greatest number of people by improving liver health.