It is with great sadness that EASL announces the passing of Prof. Roger Williams, a pioneer in liver disease and an inspiration to the world of hepatology. We send our sincere condolences to his family.
His legacy spanning for nearly 60 years in all aspects of clinical hepatology has had a profound effect on liver disease worldwide. His greatest contributions have been in the field of liver transplantation, having been one of the key figures in its development. He also developed the King’s College criteria for prognosis in acute liver failure, the Pugh score in cirrhosis, and the use of advanced endoscopic therapy for oesophageal varices, as well being one of the people who recognised the existence of the newly defined syndrome, acute-on-chronic liver failure. Prof. Williams provided the infrastructure for the training of over 600 clinical and basic scientists, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in diverse fields of hepatology.
Many of the innovations and seminal observations he made led to new standards for clinical hepatology. He established the perfect model of a “translational liver unit” at a time when this concept barely existed.
In addition to his academic and clinical brilliance, his leadership skills and his amazing tenacity have been the cornerstone of his success. Patients, doctors, nurses, academics, and experts in liver disease around the world will miss this towering figure and friend in hepatology.