In Memoriam of Stephen A. Harrison

Dr. Stephen A. Harrison, a distinguished hepatologist and cherished colleague to so many, passed away on April 23, 2024.

Dr. Harrison was a pioneer in hepatology research and clinical care. His work not only increased understanding of  fatty liver disease on overall health, but also lead to significant advances for other important liver diseases such as hepatitis C.

Dr. Harrison’s legacy is marked by his profound impact on both clinical practice and research. As the Medical Director of Pinnacle Clinical Research and the President of Summit Clinical Research, he dedicated his career to advancing our understanding of ‘fatty liver disease’ and related conditions. His work has left an indelible mark on the field, with over 350 peer-reviewed publications and a significant international presence that has shaped current treatments and approaches to liver health.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Dr. Harrison served with distinction for over 20 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel. His roles included Director of Graduate Medical Education at Brooke Army Medical Center and Gastroenterology Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. His commitment to medicine was paralleled by his dedication to service, earning him numerous accolades, including the Order of Military Medical Merit.

Dr. Harrison was a key figure at our educational initiatives, contributing to numerous videos aimed at educating the public about fatty liver disease. His recent participation as faculty at the Second Annual Primary Care NAFLD and NASH Summit highlights his ongoing commitment to educating healthcare providers on liver health, reflecting his passion for sharing knowledge and improving patient care globally.

His loss is profoundly felt across the medical community and by all who had the privilege to work alongside him. Dr. Harrison was not only a leader in his field but also a mentor and friend to many. His contributions will continue to benefit the field of hepatology and the patients whose lives are touched by liver disease for many years to come.

As we remember Dr. Harrison, we extend our deepest sympathies to his family, colleagues, and all who knew him. His legacy of excellence, dedication, and compassion leaves a lasting imprint on us all.

This photo is special to us because Stephen said he never smiles in photos, and we captured a smile on this day while he was at a panel.

Mike Betel, President and Founder of the Fatty Liver Alliance.

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