Ricard Cervera


 Email: rcervera@clinic.ub.es


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Ricard Cervera, MD, PhD, FRCP is Senior Consultant Physician and Head at the Department of Autoimmune Diseases, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Head of the Research Team on Systemic Autoimmune Diseases at the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Barcelona, and Professor at the Department of Medicine, Universitat de Barcelona. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, where he coordinates the Masters Course on Autoimmune Diseases.

Dr. Cervera qualified in Medicine in 1983 from the Universitat de Barcelona and from 1984 until 1988 trained in Internal Medicine at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. He obtained his PhD degree from the Universitat de Barcelona for his thesis on anticardiolipin antibodies. His post-doctoral experience included two years at the Lupus Research Unit, The Rayne Institute, St. Thomas' Hospital, London, England. In 1995, together with Drs. Miguel Ingelmo and Josep Font created the Department of Autoimmune Diseases of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, a pioneering centre in Europe devoted to develop high quality clinical, academic and research work on these conditions.

Dr. Cervera is Member of the Catalan, Spanish and International Societies of Internal Medicine and the Spanish Society of Rheumatology, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) of London, and Honorary Member of the Argentinian, Colombian, Mexican, Peruvian, Equatorian and Slovak Societies of Rheumatology. He is also member of the Medical Advisory Board of Lupus Europe (European Federation of Lupus Patients Associations). He is coordinator of the European Forum on Antiphospholipid Antibodies and of the European Working Party on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. He has organized 10 international workshops of this working party in several cities of Europe as well as several international symposia and congresses on autoimmune diseases, including the 6th International Congress on Autoimmunity.

Among other awards, he has received the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine Award for research on antibodies to endothelial cells, the Fernández-Cruz Award from the Rhône-Poulenc Farma Foundation, the Juan Vivancos Award from the Consorci d'Hospitals de Barcelona, and the Prizes of the "5th European Conference on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus", EULAR 2003 and EULAR 2005. He has been the recipient of research grants from the Spanish Departments of Health and Education and Science, British Council and the European Commission.

Dr. Cervera has presented over 200 invited lectures and has published more than 700 scientific papers (h factor: 50), including original articles at The Lancet, Arthritis and Rheumatism, American Journal of Medicine and Medicine (Baltimore). His academic activities include invited Professorships in several European and Latin-American Universities. He is co-editor of more than 20 books, including "Antibodies to endothelial cells and vascular damage", "The antiphospholipid syndrome", "Enfermedades Autoinmunes Sistémicas", "Vascular Manifestations of Systemic Autoimmune Diseases", and “Diagnostic Criteria of Autoimmune Diseases”, among others. He is also member of the Editorial Board of 10 international medical journals and Editor of the scientific journal “Autoimmune Diseases”. His current major research interest includes clinical and epidemiological aspects of systemic autoimmune diseases, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus and the antiphospholipid syndrome, with special focus on its “catastrophic” variant.

Dr. Cervera is married with Carme and has two daughters, Marta and Laura. He is also enthusiastically involved in social and cultural activities and is currently the Chairman of the Association of Friends of the Museum of Gavà (Barcelona) and Secretary General of the Catalan Federation of Friends of Museums.

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