The OMI is honored to have Dr. David Kershenobich Stalnikowitz, former Director General of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán (INCMNSZ), one of Mexico’s most prestigious medical and scientific institutions, here in Salzburg this week! As a board member of Alianza Médica para la Salud (AMSA), the OMI’s partner organization in Mexico, Dr. Kershenobich is attending the Salzburg Columbia University Seminar in Internal Medicine to familiarize himself with the OMI programs. We are pleased that Dr. Kershenobich has committed to assist in the expansion and promotion of the OMI seminar program in Mexico!
Dr. David Kershenobich Stalnikowitz studied Medicine at the National Autonomus University of Mexico (UNAM), where he obtained his degree as a medical surgeon. He completed his residency in the divisions of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán. He later specialized in Hepatology at the Royal Free Hospital of London and obtained his doctorate degree in Medicine at London University.
Upon his return to Mexico in 1970, he created the first Liver Clinic in the country alongside Dr. Luis Guevara González and Dr. Enrique Wolpert Barraza, where most hepatologists in Mexico have been trained. Since then, he focused his studies on the physiopathology of hepatic cirrhosis, mainly in the field of fibrosis. He is a leader in the field of research in fibrosis of the liver and has registered two international patents related to his investigative work. Alongside Dr. Marcos Rodkind and Dr. Ruy Pérez Tamayo, he verified that hepatic cirrhosis may be reversible. These investigations have had wide recognition on a national and international level and his research has been published in 172 original articles, four books, and several book chapters. He is an emeritus researcher (level III) of the National System for Investigators.
Dr. Kershenobich Stalnikowitz was the President of the Mexican Association of Internal Medicine, the Mexican Association of Gastroenterology, and the Mexican Association of Hepatology. From 2001 to 2002, he was the President of the International Association of Liver Studies. He has been a member of the working team on hepatic fibrosis of the American Association of Hepatology and a frequent collaborator of the editorial group of several national and international magazines. Dr. Kershenobich Stalnikowitz has participated in many conferences throughout the Mexican Republic as well as abroad.
Since 1975, Dr. Kershenobich Stalnikowitz has been teaching gastroenterology at the National Autonomus University of Mexico (UNAM). He founded the Research Pavilion for Liver and Pancreas at the General Hospital of Mexico while tutoring the Research Division in the same hospital. Since 2007, he has been the head of the Research Interdisciplinary Seminar in Biomedicine at the National Autonomus University of Mexico (UNAM). He was a member of the Government’s Board of the National Autonomus University of Mexico (UNAM) from 2005 to 2012. Additionally, he has led 22 post-graduate theses and has participated in the shaping of many national and international specialists in the field of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Kershenobich Stalnikowitz has been a spokesperson for the Mexican Government’s Board of the National Institute of Public Health, of the National Institute of Cardiology, and of the National Institute of Cancer Research. From 2010 to 2012, he was President of the National Academy of Medicine and from 2011 to 2012 he was appointed Secretary of the Public Health General Board. While holding these positions, he focused on the prevention of non-contagious chronic diseases, which resulted in the reduction of salt in bread, the promotion of breast feeding, and more. Dr. Kershenobich Stalnikowitz and the former Minister of Public Health, Salomón Chertorivski Woldenberg, published a book about the prevention of such diseases.
Dr. Kershenobich Stalnikowitz is a full member of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the Mexican Institute of Culture. In 1998, together with Dr. Antonio Ariza Cañadilla, he created the Mexican Foundation for Hepatic Health. The first line of action, alongside the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Juan Ramón de la Fuente, was the official launch of the universal vaccination campaign for Mexican children against Hepatitis B. With the collaboration of Rubén Aguilar Monteverde, Antonio Ariza Alduncin, Luz Maria Aguilar Valenzuela, and more, the foundation has become a social reference for hepatic health.