Clinical Medicine and Hepatology


Clinical activity

The Clinical Medicine and Hepatology Unit, in the internal medicine field, is equipped with a ward for ordinary hospitalisation, day-hospital and specialist clinics. In collaboration with the Units of Medical OncologyDiagnostic imaging and General Surgery, it deals with the care of patients suffering from primary hepatic neoplasia (hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma).

Within a clinic for clinical ultrasound and elastometry, managed by a staff internist who is expert in ultrasound diagnostics of the liver, elastographs are also performed for the non-invasive evaluation of liver fibrosis, liver ultrasounds with and without contrast, ultrasound-guided liver biopsies and other interventional procedures.

The main clinical activities are:

Research fields

The Clinical Medicine and Hepatology Unit carries out research programmes focusing mainly on the pathophysiology of liver fibrosis and on hepatic and extrahepatic complications of cirrhosis:

  • Mediators of liver fibrosis in chronic metabolic liver disease
  • Endocrine-metabolic alterations during chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis
  • Association between hepatic steatosis and cardiovascular disease

Clinical and research collaboration

  • Italian Society of Internal Medicine (SIMI)
  • Italian Association for the Study of the Liver (AISF)
  • Department of Internal Medicine, University of Navarra, Pamplona (Spain)
  • Club of Hospital Hepatologists (CLEO)
  • Bambino Gesù Hospital, Rome