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Emmet B. Keeffe, M.D
April 12, 1942 - August 8, 2011

Dr. Emmet Keeffe did his undergraduate training at the University of San Francisco and obtained his M.D. degree from Creighton University in 1969. He completed his postgraduate clinical training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1974. He then was a staff physician at the Oakland Naval Regional Medical Center, followed by 2 years of research training in hepatology at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1979, he joined the faculty at the Oregon Health Sciences University and rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine.

In 1992 he moved to California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco as Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

In 1995 Dr. Keeffe joined the faculty at Stanford University as Professor of Medicine and was appointed Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program. He also served as Chief of Clinical Gastroenterology from 1995 to 2000. He was Chief of Hepatology and Co-Director of the Liver Transplant Program (2000-2007). Dr. Keeffe was Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Stanford University in Hepatology and was recently appointed Principal Medical Fellow at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Keeffe has been very active in national organizations in his field and has held several leadership positions. He was the 1995-96 President of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He served from 1991 to 1995 on the Board of Directors of the American Liver Foundation, and from 1994 to 2001 on the Board of Directors of the American Digestive Health Foundation, serving as the Vice Chair of Public Health Programs and Chair of the Digestive Health Initiative from 1997 to 2001. He assumed executive responsibility for Digestive Disease Week in 2000 as Chair of Digestive Disease Week Council for a 3-year term. He was President of the American Gastroenterological Association (2004-2005).

Dr. Keeffe holds several editorial positions. He was an associate editor of Liver Transplantation and Surgery from 1995 to 1999, and is currently associate editor of Digestive Health & Nutrition and of Reviews in Gastroenterology, chair of the editorial board of Hepatology Watch, section editor of Liver Transplantation for Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation, executive editor of GastroHep.com, and editor of Hepatology for MDvista Journal of Medicine. He also serves on the editorial boards of Hepatology and Journal of Hepatology as well as several internet gastroenterology and hepatology web site boards.

His research interests have bridged general and transplant hepatology, with a focus on antiviral therapy of chronic hepatitis, application of hepatitis vaccines and liver transplant selection criteria and outcomes. He has published more than 700 papers and book chapters.

Some of the awards Dr. Keeffe received included:

  • Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (2011)
  • Awardee, Dr. Francisco Esquivel Rodriquez Medal of the Asociacion Mexicana de Gastroenterologia (2009)
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2006)
  • Fellow, American Gastroenterological Association (2006)
  • Fellow, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2006)