Gerald Klatskin (1910–1986): A pioneer in hepato-biliary disorders and biopsy techniques

Daryl Ramai, Karl Zakhia, Denzil Etienne, Armand Asarian, Madhavi Reddy

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The widespread use of liver biopsies underscores its utility and significance within the field of medicine. Dr. Gerald Klatskin’s pioneering work on liver biopsy techniques, as well as his study of liver histopathology, paved the way for its diagnostic and therapeutic applications around the world. His attention to detail as well as meticulous account of hilar cholangiocarcinoma has had a lasting impact on the medical community. Eponymously, the tumor was named after him—Klatskin’s tumor. Klatskin was also well known and respected for his commitment and devotion to his fellows who themselves went on to hold prestigious academic positions and make significant contributions of their own. The life and work of Klatskin documents a pioneering hepatologist and devoted teacher.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Biography
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Gerald Klatskin
  • Klatskin tumor
  • hepatology
  • history
  • physician


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