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Dr. R.J. de Knegt

Treasurer Foundation for Liver and Gastrointestinal Research

Hepatologist at Erasmus MC


Robert de Knegt is a clinical hepatologist and liver research scientist, working since 2003 at the department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology of the Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

He studied medicine at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he graduated in 1987. He continued with research on hepatic encephalopathy and defended his thesis in 1993. Then he already started his training in internal medicine (1991-1995, Leiden University Medical Center), followed by training in Gastroenterology & Hepatology (1996-1999, Groningen University Medical Center). His current position in Rotterdam as senior consultant Hepatology and Liver Transplantation was obtained in 2003.

His research is mainly devoted to viral hepatitis and population-based liver diseases. Het contributes to investigator-initiated and multicenter international clinical trials on therapeutics for liver diseases, and leads a program on early detection and epidemiology of liver disease within the ERGO center in Rotterdam. During the last few years this meant a special focus on metabolic associated liver disease.

In the clinic he leads the abdominal sonography program of the department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. He trains others in abdominal ultrasound, for scientific associations like the Netherlands Association for the Study of the Liver (NASL) and European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL).

Furthermore, he is director of the training program in Gastroenterology & Hepatology, and Editor-in-chief of Magma, the journal of the Dutch Society of Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists.

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