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Current Award Recipients

2020 CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award Recipient –

Dr. Thomas I Michalak

The CLF and CASL are pleased to announce Dr. Thomas I Michalak as the 2020 CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award Winner. This prestigious award is given in recognition of outstanding achievements in both research and science in hepatology.

Dr. Michalak has led a multidisciplinary research group in virology and hepatology at the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University, Newfoundland since 1985.  He is an international authority in the field of viral hepatitis and liver diseases, whose groundbreaking discoveries have changed fundamental concepts about the nature of hepatitis B and C viral infections.

His contributions were recognized by the Senior (Tier 1) Canada Research Chair in Viral Hepatitis/Immunology (2001-2015), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), induction to fellowships of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS) (2014) and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (FAASLD) (2014), appointment as the University Research Professor at Memorial University (2016), selection as a recipient of the Canadian Liver Foundation 50th Anniversary  Recognition Medal (2019), and other honours.

Dr. Michalak presented his Gold Medal Lecture at the 2020 Canadian Liver Meeting that took place in Montreal from February 28 – March 1, 2020.


2020 CASL-CLF Visiting Professorship –

Dr. Morris Sherman

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Morris Sherman is the recipient of the 2020 CASL-CLF Visiting Professorship Award.  Dr. Sherman is especially well-known for his many contributions to the study of hepatocellular carcinoma, as well as his numerous years of service to the profession of hepatology.

Dr. Sherman will be available to deliver state-of-the-art lectures across Canada during the 2020-2021 academic year.  If you are interested in hosting a lecture at your institution (or arranging for a virtual visit), please contact the CASL office at



2020 Distinguished Service Award –

Dr. Eve Roberts

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Eve Roberts is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Service Award. The Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver presents this award annually to recognize a member who has made significant contributions to CASL and to the Canadian Liver community.  

Dr. Roberts is a past CASL President and Board of Directors member, as well as founder of the Canadian Pediatric Hepatology Research Group (CPHRG), now a CASL special interest group, and an international expert on Wilson Disease and other aspects of pediatric hepatology.  



2020 Research Excellence Award –

Dr. Harry LA Janssen

We are pleased to announce Dr. Harry LA Janssen as the recipient of the 2020 Research Excellence Award. Dr. Janssen and the rest of his research team were recognized for the article Limited sustained response after stopping nucleos(t)ide analogues in patients with chronic hepatitis B: results from a randomised controlled trial (Toronto STOP study), published in the December 2019 issue of Gut.

View the article abstract online here.




2020 Education Excellence Award –

Dr. Kelly Burak

We are pleased to announce Dr. Kelly Burak  as the recipient of the 2020 Education Excellence Award.  CASL presents this award to a member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and in the development and implementation of educational programming; who has exceptional scholarly activities and leadership in medical education; and who has demonstrated a commitment to administrative roles as part of his or her service to the profession.   



2020 CASL PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada Award – Dr. Julian Hercun

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Julian Hercun is the recipient of the 2020 CASL PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada Award.  CASL, thanks to a partnership with PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada, presents this award to the primary author of the best abstract on PSC presented at the annual Canadian Liver Meeting.

Dr. Hercun was recognized for his poster abstract Evolution of autoimmune cholangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis in a pediatric cohort.  



2018 CASL-CLF Sass-Kortsak Award –

Dr. Fernando Alvarez

We are pleased to announce Dr. Fernando Alvarez as the winner of the 2018 CASL-CLF Sass-Kortsak Award. Created in 1990 to honour the late Dr. Sass-Kortsak contributions to the field of hepatology and the Foundation, this award is presented every two years and the recipient is invited to lecture at the Canadian Liver Meeting. Dr. Alvarez’s Sass-Kortsak lecture gave a detailed review of the pathogenesis of autoimmune hepatitis and new approaches to treatment for pediatric patients. View the presentation slides here.