The Herman Tob Memorial Grant for Liver Transplantation

The Herman Tob Memorial Grant for Liver Transplantation


Samuele IESARI

"I  am very much convinced that clinical research is necessary in order to transfer knowledge from basic science to the everyday practice and thereby to improve the care of liver transplanted patients.  I believe in surgery as a field able to determine Copernican changes in medicine. The two have to proceed jointly to assure results. "




Samuele IESARI, was born in Macerata, Italy, on January 5, 1986.  He received in 2011 his degree in medicine and surgery, cum laude, from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome.

In 2012, he entered the 6-year general surgery residency program of the University of L’Aquila, Italy, and he started his first rotation in General Surgery and Transplantation.

The third year of his residency was done at the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery and Transplant Unit of the Ospedali Riuniti “Umberto I – Giovanni Maria Lancisi – Gaspare Salesi”, of the Università Politecnica delle Marche, in Ancona, Italy, in order to obtain further experience in oncologic surgery and liver transplantation.

For his forth year, he decided to attend the “Thomas E. Starzl” Unit of General Surgery and Abdominal Transplantation of the University Hospitals Saint Luc of the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Brussels, under the direction of Professor Jan LERUT.  This choice depended on his will to boost his career in transplant surgery from a scientific point of view. He shaped his fellowship at the UCL with a number of clinic research projects, notably regarding the value of liver transplantation in the treatment of liver cancer (especially in recipients harbouring a viral B and C infection) and also the relationship between hepatocellular cancer and the incidence of rejection after liver transplantation.