UofL has a unique history in the study of chemical hepatotoxicity.
The recognition of vinyl chloride-related hemangiosarcoma at a chemical plant in Louisville’s Rubbertown manufacturing complex is a critical sentinel event in occupational hepatology.
The late Carlo Tamburro, MD, a hepatologist, was subsequently recruited to the University of Louisville to investigate and manage this problem.
Dr. Tamburro initiated a large liver cancer screening and surveillance program in Rubbertown workers, and created a large human specimen bank and biorepository.
This work continues today, and the Symposium on Environmental Chemicals and Liver Disease is held in Dr. Tamburro’s honor.