Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology
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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 101-107

Saudi association for the study of liver diseases and transplantation position statement on the hepatology workforce in Saudi Arabia

1 Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Rochester, City of Rochester, New York State, United States of America
2 Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Organ Transplant Center, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Medicine, Gastroenterology Section, King Faisal Special Hospital and Research Centre, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Gastroenterology, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
6 Department of Liver Transplant, Multi-organ Transplant Center, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
7 Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences; Division of Hepatology, Hepatobiliary Sciences and Organ Transplant Center, Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs, Saudi Arabia
8 Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, King Faisal Special Hospital and Research Centre; College of Medicine, Al-Faisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
9 Organ Transplant Center, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Saudi Arabia; Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States of America

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DOI: 10.4103/sjg.sjg_576_21

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The field of hepatology has evolved significantly over the last two decades. Hepatology practice in Saudi Arabia (SA) was dominated by hepatitis B and C viruses but is now being overtaken by patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. These patients require greater medical attention as their care is more complex compared to patients with viral hepatitis. In addition, liver transplantation (LT) has expanded significantly in SA over the last three decades. There is a necessity to increase the hepatology workforce to meet the demand in SA. The time has come to reinforce the transplant hepatology fellowship program, that was launched recently, and to develop a nurse practitioner practice model to meet these demands. In addition, SA is going through a health care reform to enhance health care delivery which may affect the financial compensation polices of various specialties including gastroenterology and hepatology. Therefore, the Saudi Association for the Study of Liver diseases and Transplantation (SASLT) established a task force to discuss the current and future demands in the hepatology workforce in SA, as well as to discuss different avenues of financial compensation for transplant hepatologists in LT centers.

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