History of the Schiff Center
The Center for Liver Diseases at the University of Miami was established in 1990 under the direction of Dr. Eugene Schiff. In 2012 Dr. Eugene Schiff dedicated the Center to his father, Dr. Leon Schiff, and renamed the Center to the Schiff Center for Liver Diseases. This father-son duo has been extremely influential in hepatology and the Schiff name is the most recognizable in the field.
Dr. Leon Schiff began his career at the University of Cincinnati where he founded the Gastric Laboratory, at the time one of the first Divisions of Gastroenterology in the country. As a distinguished clinician, teacher, and researcher, Dr. Leon Schiff was one of the first physicians to use the diagnostic procedures of gastroscopy and percutaneous liver biopsy- both are standard techniques today. Dr. Leon Schiff’s textbook “Schiff’s Diseases of the Liver” is recognized as the world’s foremost textbook on liver diseases and is now in its eleventh edition. Additionally, Dr. Leon Schiff was a founding member and the first president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and received the Association’s Distinguished Service award in 1981. The Leon Schiff State of the Art Lecture in Clinical Hepatology is presented at the annual AASLD meeting each year. In 1970, Dr. Leon Schiff joined the University of Miami School of Medicine faculty and established the Center for Liver Diseases in 1982 where he continued practicing clinical medicine and teaching until his death in 1994. His career was decorated with countless awards and his leadership was respected throughout all fields of medicine. Dr. Leon Schiff was commended by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and revered by his students and left an impressive legacy which is continued by his son, Dr. Eugene Schiff who has made an equally impressive impact on medicine.
After joining the University of Miami School of Medicine faculty, Dr. Eugene Schiff held positions like the Chief of the Hepatology Section at the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Chief of the Division of Hepatology, working alongside his father at the Center for Liver Diseases. He followed in his father’s footsteps becoming the AASLD’s 51st president and editing later editions of the “Schiff’s Diseases of the Liver.” Dr. Eugene Schiff has become a world renowned lecturer and clinician and has established quite the international reputation. Additionally, he has expanded the Center for Liver Diseases’s clinical trials research as well as their basic science research. In 2012 Dr. Eugene Schiff named the Schiff Center for Liver Diseases in honor of his father and continues the groundbreaking work that his father began.