Peter Ferenci was born in Hungary and graduated from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria in 1972. He trained in internal medicine and Gastroenterology/Hepatology in Vienna and at the Liver Unit, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD, USA). His special interests focus on chronic viral hepatitis, genetic liver diseases and hepatic encephalopathy. Since 1990, Dr. Ferenci has been Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. In 2004, he was promoted Dr. honoris causae at the University of Cluj Napoca, Romania and in 2011 at the Semmelweis University, Budapest. In 2008, he received the prestigious EASL recognition award.
Dr. Ferenci is a member of the European Association for the Study the Liver (EASL), the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). He was President of the Austrian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 1996–1998, and in 2005 chairman of the United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF). He was the program director of the 11th World Congresses of Gastroenterology, Vienna 1998 and the organizer of the 27th Annual Meeting of EASL 1992.
Dr. Ferenci has published over 600 papers and abstracts including authoritative papers on various topics in liver diseases and is the author or editor of one book and of 20 chapters in leading textbooks. His research focuses on treatment of chronic viral hepatitis, inherited liver diseases and on liver failure.