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Terry Wright is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and Chief of Gastroenterology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Francisco.

She was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but immigrated to England with her family at the age of six. She graduated from St. Hilda's College, Oxford in 1975, and Oxford University Medical School in 1978.

After a postgraduate year in England, she did her residency in internal medicine on the Osler Service at Johns Hopkins, and her fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1986 she joined the faculty at UCSF as an Assistant Professor, and became a full professor in 1999.

She is married to an attorney, Frederick Dorey, and has three children, Erik (16 years), Alexander (14 years), and Allison (11 years).

Dr. Wright has been active in local and national organizations related to liver disease. She has been Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Northern California Chapter of the American Liver Foundation, on the National Hepatitis Council of the American Liver Foundation, and has recently been appointed to the Council of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

Dr. Wright has testified before the United States Congress and has appeared on television and the radio regarding the importance of hepatitis C in the USA. She is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

She has co-authored approximately 150 original articles, review articles, and chapters.

Dr. Wright's research interests have been in viral hepatitis, with a focus on the epidemiology, natural history, and treatment of hepatitis C in special populations. Dr. Wright's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Medical Research Service of the Veterans Administration, and by various pharmaceutical grants.

Dr. Wright has held several editorial positions including Associate Editor of Hepatology and has served on the Editorial Boards of Gut, Gastroenterology, Journal of Hepatology, Antiviral Therapies, and the Americal Journal of Medicine.

What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
So that I could become a Hepatologist. The truth is, I really have no interest in luminal GI at all.
Who was the teacher you admired the most?
The three teachers that I admire the most are Willis Maddrey, Rudi Schmid, and Tom Boyer. They have all influenced me in different ways. I cannot put my money down on one only.
Which research paper influenced you the most?
Didier Samuel's report in the New England Journal of Medicine on the use of high dose hepatitis B immune globulin to prevent recurrent hepatitis B after liver transplantation. (N Engl J Med 1993; 329 (25): 1842-7) This opened the way to successful transplantation in HBV-infected patients who previously routinely died from recurrent HBV infection.
What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
That hepatitis C recurs after liver transplantation in those with pre-existing infection, and that the disease is progressive.
What is your unfulfilled ambition?
I have none.
What is your greatest regret?
That my father didn't live long enough to see his grandchildren grow up, and that my children never knew my father.
How do you relax?
Working out at the gym and swimming.
What is your favorite sport?
Tennis, for watching.
What is your best place in the world?
Saint John, US Virgin Islands.
What is your favorite film?
"Gone with the Wind".
What car do you drive?
A Volvo sedan.
What is your best electronic 'toy'?
My laptop computer.
What book are you reading at the moment?
I just finished "The Third Chimpanzee" by Jarad Diamond, and am currently reading "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr.
Why did you get in involved in
Roy Pounder kept hounding me.

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