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WGO Training Center in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Introduction:

The Porto Alegre Hepatology Training Center was recently inaugurated in Porto Alegre, Brazil on November 30, 2012, becoming the 15th WGO Training Center and first devoted solely to Hepatology.

Under the leadership of Dr. Mario Reis Alvares-da-Silva, the Porto Alegre Hepatology Training Center will offer several educational courses including but not limited to: Hepatology Inpatient Training, Viral Hepatitis, Protease Inhibitors, Co-infection, Non-viral Hepatitis, Care of End-Stage Liver Disease, Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC), Liver Transplant, Critical and Emergency Care in Hepatology, Metabolic Liver Disease, Tissue Elastography, Liver Pathology, and Hepatology for Non-medical Professionals. The Porto Alegre Hepatology Training Center has partnered with the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre (HCPA), a public hospital academically affiliated with the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and the Brazilian Ministry of Education University Hospitals.

Mission:

The Porto Alegre Hepatology Training Center mission is based on the Instituto Avon PPP model.

  • Medical assistance - by increasing and improving specialized liver care to SUS clients in Brazil;
  • Teaching - by creating and offering an innovative Liver Focused Medical Education Program to Brazilian and international medical doctors; and
  • Research - by qualifying young doctors and working coordinately with Brazilian and/or international partners.

The Gastroenterology Division at HCPA:

The Gastroenterology (GI) Division, which consists of six professors from the UFRGS Internal Medicine Department and six gastroenterologists from the HCPA staff, is dedicated to the quality care of adult patients. HCPA offers government-board recognized fellowship programs in Gastroenterology, Digestive Endoscopy and Hepatology. The Endoscopy Unit, Digestive Motility Laboratory and Adult Liver Transplant Program (since 1996) are part of the Division (see below Figure 1). HCPA’s Pediatric Gastroenterology Division, Pediatric Liver Transplant Program, Radiology Division and Pathology Division specialized teams often work together with the GI Division team.

The Outpatient Clinic is divided into 5 specialized ambulatories: Hepatitis (GHE), Chronic Hepatitis (GHC), HIV/Hepatitis Co-infection (GHI), Liver Transplant (GTH), and Liver Transplant Recipients (GPT). Currently, In-patient Liver Clinic is responsible for more than half of the whole number of admittances in the GI Division.

The Hepatology Outpatient Clinic is responsible for over 6,000 consultations a year, specifically with patients diagnosed with viral hepatitis (co-infected and with HIV) and liver transplant candidates or recipients. HCPA Hepatology Inpatient Clinic is devoted to decompensate cirrhosis and/or hepatocellular carcinoma. It was responsible for more than 800 admissions in 2011. Moreover, since 1995 the HCPA Liver Unit is dedicated to adult and pediatric Liver Transplantation. Many papers that have been published nationally and internationally in important international peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet have derived from the HCPA Liver Unit.

Figure 1

Figure 1. Organization of the Gastroenterology Division at HCPA.

Courses Offered:

  • Hepatology Inpatient Training
  • Viral Hepatitis Course
  • Protease Inhibitors Advanced Course
  • Co-infection Course
  • Non-viral Hepatitis Course
  • Care of End-Stage Liver Disease Patient
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma Course
  • Liver Transplant Course
  • Critical and Emergency Care in Hepatology
  • Metabolic liver disease
  • Tissue Elastography Course
  • Liver Pathology Course
  • Hepatology for Non-medical Professionals
  • Figure 1

    Figure 2. Liver Clinic at HCPA.

Training Center Director:

  • Dr. Mário Reis Álvares-da-Silva
  • Hepatologist
  • Professor Adjunto-Doutor
  • Departamento de Medicina Interna (Gastro-Hepatologia)
  • Faculdade de Medicina
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre
  • Rua Ramiro Barcelos, 2350, sala 2033
  • Porto Alegre, RS
  • Brasil
  • TC Secretary fsoares@hcpa.ufrgs.br

Further Information:

If you are interested in attending courses or would like information regarding specific course offerings or electives, please contact the Training Center Secretary for this Center at the email address listed above. To view further information about the Training Center, click on the Information Package below. For information regarding the Hepatocellular Carcinoma Courses being held this July and August, please also view below.

Porto Alegre TC Information Packet ( pdf file )

4th Hepatitis Course_March 2014 ( pdf file )

Liver Practice for Hepatologists: HCV, NAFLD, Hepatocellular Carcinoma-focused Interactive Clinical and Pathological Cases Course ( pdf file )

Hepatitis C Course August to November 2014 ( pdf file )

  A press release on the inauguration of the Porto Alegre Training Center, which took place on 30 November 2012, can be viewed here.

Images of Porto Alegre:

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  • Porto Alegre Hepatology Training Center faculty Porto Alegre Hepatology Training Center faculty [click to enlarge]
  • Porto Alegre Hepatology Training Center faculty and trainees Porto Alegre Hepatology Training Center faculty and trainees [click to enlarge]
  • Trainees in the Outpatient Clinic Trainees in the Outpatient Clinic [click to enlarge]
  • TC Director Mario Reis Alvares-da-Silva and WGO President Henry Cohen TC Director Mario Reis Alvares-da-Silva and WGO President Henry Cohen [click to enlarge]
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WGO wishes to acknowledge the following for their support and sponsorship of the WGO Porto Alegre Hepatology Training Center:

  • Federacão Brasiliera de Gastroenterologia (FBG)
  • Merck, Sharp & Dohme
  • Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre
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