Established the CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award

Dr. Jean-Pierre Benhamou headshot
Dr. Jean-Pierre Benhamou

The Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) was the first organization in the world committed to promoting liver health and fighting liver disease through research and education. Recognizing the need to honour outstanding achievements in research and science, the CLF established the Gold Medal Award in 1983, and it is now co-presented with the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL) at the annual Canadian Liver Meeting. The award was first presented to Dr. Jean-Pierre Benhamou, one of France’s most prominent hepatologists in history. Dr. Benhamou’s research lead to the groundbreaking discovery of a non-surgical treatment for portal hypertension, a potentially fatal condition caused by advanced liver disease.

Read more about our Gold Medal Award and other award winners on our website 

More Gold Medal Awards throughout our history

Dr. Laurence Blendis presenting the award to Dr. Roger Williams in 1992.


Dr. Eve Roberts (left), chair of the CLF’s Medical Advisory Committee, presenting the Gold Medal Award to Dr. Diane W. Cox in 1995.


(From Left to right) Dr. Kevork Peltekian (CLF Chairperson), Dr. Jean-Pierre Villeneuve (2009 Gold Medal Awardee), and Dr. Robert Myers (CASL) in 2009. 


(From Left to right) Dr. Morris Sherman (CLF Chairperson), Dr. Anna Lok (2017 Gold Medal Awardee), and Dr. Richard Schrieber (CASL President) in 2017.