Joseph R. Bloomer, MD
Porphyria specialist, Dr. Joseph Bloomer recently won the most prestigious Presidential LIVER DISEASE AWARD given at the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease.
Dr. Bloomer was also honored as the Cecil J. Watson Lecturer at the University of Minnesota. The lecture series was named for Dr. Cecil Watson, who was the first Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. In Dr. Watson’s honor, this yearly lecture brings in outstanding scientists and clinicians that are interested in liver disease, porphyria and heme metabolism. Dr. Bloomer’s work in porphyria and liver disease exemplified those passions for science and clinical care.
Dr. Bloomer served as Professor and Director of the Division of Gastroenterology , Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota from 1983 until 1995 when he was recruited to the University of Alabama (UAB) to begin the UAB Liver Center, which has come one of the top liver centers in the country. He also serves as a Professor of Medicine and Genetics . Dr. Bloomer has many honors and awards including being listed as America’s Top Physician from 2004 to present. Dr Bloomer has served on numerous UAB committee’s during his tenure at UAB, including the Liver Transplant Evaluation Committee, Research Development for the Depart-Special Interests: Porphyria, Genetics, Hepatitis B and C and therapy for complications in advanced liver disease.