Dr. Joan Rodés awarded with the Gold Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia

Dr. Joan Rodés, former director of the Hospital Clínic and IDIBAPS, emeritus professor at the University of Barcelona and coordinator of the new National Strategic Plan for hepatitis C, was one of the three people awarded with the Gold Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Dr. Rodés receives this recognition for the work developed over 40 years as a physician and researcher on liver diseases.

Considered as one of the most prestigious hepatologists in the world, his career has been linked to Hospital Clínic, of which he was its General Director from 2003 to 2008. In 1968 he created the Hepatology Unit at the Hospital Clínic that he would later manage. He chaired the European Association and the International Association for the Study of the Liver and has authored or co-authored over 450 articles and 42 review articles in the leading international medical journals. He was also founder and director of the Institute of Biomedical Research August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), and in 2010 received the August Pi i Sunyer Medal, granted by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona.

The Gold Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia is the highest distinction awarded by the Government to recognize individuals and groups who, with their contribution, have rendered outstanding or extraordinary services in Catalonia in the political, social, economic, cultural or scientific fields. The other two people awarded this year are Neus Català, survivor of the nazi concentration camps, and the writer Josep Maria Espinàs.

On March 9th the three awarded will receive the Gold Medal in a ceremony at the Palau de la Generalitat hosted by Artur Mas.

Source: University of Barcelona