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The American Liver Foundation today announced Dr. Allan W. Wolkoff as the 2012 Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award Recipient.
The Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award is the American Liver Foundation’s most prestigious award honoring a scientist who has made a major contribution to liver disease research in basic science or in its application towards the prevention, treatment or cure of liver disease.
In announcing the award, Thomas F. Nealon, III, Chair, Board of Directors of the American Liver Foundation said, “We are honored to award Dr. Wolkoff this recognition for his scientific achievements. But we are also honored to call him our friend and fellow volunteer. He has provided long-term leadership at the American Liver Foundation as a member of the Board of Directors and immediate past chair. His vision has strengthened the organization and helped the American Liver Foundation make a difference to those living with liver disease.” In 2011, Dr. Wolkoff was presented with the American Liver Foundation George Jamieson Humanitarian Award.
In recommending Dr. Wolkoff for the award, David E. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D, Director of Hepatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston said, “Dr. Wolkoff is a distinguished scientist who has made absolutely fundamental contributions to our understanding of liver pathobiology over more than three decades.”
Dr. Wolkoff is a Professor of Medicine and Anatomy and Structural Biology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, Montefiore Medical Center. His interest in research was sparked when he worked in a biochemistry lab to help pay college bills. He began his medical studies at Dartmouth Medical College and transferred to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he obtained his M.D. degree. With the exception of a two year period when he was Clinical Associate in Gastroenterology-Hepatology in the Digestive Disease Branch, National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism and Digestive Disease, he has remained at Albert Einstein. His early mentor, Irwin M. Arias, M.D. of the National Institutes of Health said of Wolkoff’s work, “He built an exemplary global reputation in hepatology research, education, training and scholarship. A major participant in the creation of the Marion Bessin Liver Research Center at Albert Einstein, Dr. Wolkoff has taken advantage of the strong, interactive basic science departments and is a leader in bridging understanding of hepatocyte biology with the pathogenesis of acquired and inheritable liver diseases.” Dr. Wolkoff is a pioneer in the combining of disciplines that inform basic understanding of hepatocyte function and relation to disease and is recognized worldwide for providing new windows into physiology and pathophysiology.
Dr. Wolkoff has had articles published in over 100 peer-reviewed publications, given many invited lectures and has had continuous NIH-supported research. In addition, he has served on advisory committees of several NIH-supported liver research centers. In 2006, Wolkoff was presented the AASLD Distinguished Service Award.
A native of Brooklyn and now a resident of Westchester County, Dr. Wolkoff remains a devoted family man and an avid boater. He and his wife Claire are the parents of two children.