Dr. Abraldes received his medical degree from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, completed a Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Barcelona and a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. He was awarded several prizes for his clinical work and research while in Europe, including the Rising Star of European Gastroenterology award from the United European Gastroenterology Federation in 2012. He was recruited to the University of Alberta in 2013. His research area is portal hypertension and cirrhosis.
Leadership and Collaborations:
Dr. Abraldes is the Director of the Liver Unit. He is also a member of the division’s Research Committee. He served as the Chair of the Special Interest group in Portal hypertension of the American Society for the Study of the Liver (2017-2018), and currently serves as steering committee member for the Baveno International Cooperation for the study of Portal Hypertension. He is the co-chair of the research committee for the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver. He is associate editor for Liver International, and serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Hepatology and Liver Transplantation. He has co-authored the American Association for the Study of the liver guidelines for the management of portal hypertension.
Dr. Abraldes received the Teacher of the Year award from the Division of Gastroenterology in 2016 and 2019. He supervises trainees at all levels, provides classroom instruction as part of the undergraduate and graduate medical curriculums, and has delivered specialized training in specific liver procedures to postdoctoral fellows and visiting professors. He is active in continuing medical education through grand rounds presentations and lectures about management of patients with liver disease.
Dr. Abraldes spends 50 percent of his time investigating the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of portal hypertension and cirrhosis. Organizations that have supported his research include the American Gastroenterological Association (Elsevier Pilot grant), the National Institutes of Health (as part of an international consortium), the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation and the Spanish Ministry of Health. He has more than 180 articles in peer-reviewed publications.
cirrhosis, portal hypertension
Dr. Abraldes is an attending physician in the gastroenterology and hepatology units at the University of Alberta Hospital. He sees patients in the outpatient clinic in Hepatology and provides endoscopic services. He is co-director of the multidisciplinary Cirrhosis Care Clinic.