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Jia-Horng KAO

Director and Distinguished Professor


City: Taipei

Institution: Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine


Biography of Jia-Horng KAO

Professor Jia-Horng Kao is Director and Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University. He is also the President of ACT-HBV and an Attending Physician at the Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Gastroenterology at the National Taiwan University Hospital. Professor Kao graduated from the College of Medicine National Taiwan University in 1987 and received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine at the university in 1994. Professor Kao has been involved in hepatitis research for over 2 decades. He was the president of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver in 2012, Director of the Hepatitis Research Center at the National Taiwan University Hospital from 2003 to 2009, Secretary General of the Taiwan Association for the Study of the Liver between 2004 and 2005, and Vice Secretary General of the Gastroenterological Society of Taiwan from 2003 to 2006.


Professor Kao’s main research interests include the prevention, natural history, molecular virology, pathogenesis and treatment of chronic hepatitis B and C. He has published more than 370 articles with the sum of times cited of 9203 and h-index of 45. He also contributed to 8 book chapters. With his outstanding academic achievements, he has received several prestigious awards including the Outstanding Research Award from the National Science Council, Taiwan for 3 times (1997, 2000, 2003); Outstanding Research Award for Excellence in Medical Research, National Taiwan University Hospital (2005); Y. Z. Hsu Outstanding Professor Award (2009); Academic Award, Ministry of Education, Executive Yuan (2011); Distinguished Scientific Award, Executive Yuan (2011); Okuda Award, Asian-Pacific Digestive Week (Bangkok, Thailand)/Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2012), Outstanding Academic Research Award of Mr. Lee TD’s Medical Foundation (2012), and Outstanding Research Award of Distinguished Research Fellow, Ministry of Science and Technology (2014).


Professor Kao is an editor with the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Hepatology, Journal of Infectious Diseases, and the Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology. He is a reviewer with 104 peer-reviewed journals, including the Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Gut, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Journal of Viral Hepatitis, Journal of Medical Virology and Kidney International. Professor Kao also serves as the trustee of JGH foundation and the member of WGO Hepatology Interest Group.

PHC's participations

5th PHC – 2012

Monday, January 30th 2012

What’s new in non G1 ? (chairman)

6th PHC – 2013

Tuesday, January 15th 2013

Optimal therapy of HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B (chairman)

7th PHC – 2014

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Why do I treat my patient with pegylated IFN? -

8th PHC – 2015

Monday, January 12th 2015

Lunch Workshops - Room 253 (chairman) -

Tuesday, January 13th 2015

What have we learned from HBV clinical cohorts? -

9th PHC – 2016

Monday, January 11th 2016

Lunch Workshops - Room 242A (chairman)

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

New therapeutic perspectives? -