Ever since its inception, in August 1978 in Singapore, APASL has become one of the leading associations based on investigation and treatment of liver diseases in the world and the largest scientific body that upholds the standards and profession, research and create improved treatment methods for millions of liver patients particularly in the entire Asia Pacific Region.

Main objectives are to promote the latest scientific advancement and education of hepatology science, exchange of information and the development of consensus, encourage the practice of medicine in liver diseases and also coordinate scientific studies between various scientists and clinicians throughout the region.

Each of our events intended to meet the growing demands of hepatology as core medical specialty and offers participants the right platform to exchange research, discuss outcomes, and interact with colleagues, focused on liver diseases.
APASL members include all medical professionals dedicated to hepatology — its research, practice and care. We cover the region from Manchuria in the North, to Australia in the South, to the Pacific Islands in the East and Iran in the West.

Taiwan Association for the Study of the Liver(TASL) was founded in January 1990 and has 243 members nowadays. The current president is Professor Han-Chieh Lin. The members are composed of practicing hepatologists, surgeons, pathologists, researchers in basic and clinical hepatology as well as experts in molecular medicine. Missions of TASL are to enhance the quality of patient care, train young fellows, promote research in hepatology and related fields, and develop friendship through regular conventions and education programs. Mentoring, knowledge exchange and dedication to professional growth are the core values of TASL and its members. Our society also actively involves in the development of local and regional guidelines for the management of chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C and hepatocellular carcinoma. Facilitation of communication with international societies and outstanding experts/leaders is another important goal of our society. To achieve this goal, TASL was the organizing society of both APASL annual meeting in 2002 and 2012, and APASL Single Topic Conference in 2016 and 2018 in Taiwan. In addition, we just hosted the Global Hepatitis Summit 2021 in Taipei. In these two years, TASL also organized the Joint Symposiums with AASLD and EASL, respectively during our annual meeting. We will be the host country for APASL 2022 Single Topic Conference and 2023 APASL annual meeting. We strongly encourage and support the active participation and presentation of our members and young investigators during international conferences.


The Gastroenterological Society of Taiwan was founded officially in Taipei on 15th March, 1970 by Professor Juei-Low Sung. The current president is Professor Ming-Shiang Wu. Over the past 51 years, GEST has grown from a small group of practicing Gastroenterologists to a large organization with 2,362 members. The members are composed of practicing gastroenterologists and hepatologists, and researchers in basic gastroenterology and hepatology. Missions of GEST are to enhance the quality of patient care, to train young fellows, to promote researches in gastroenterology and hepatology related fields, and to develop friendship through regular convention and education programs. Mentoring, knowledge exchange and dedication to professional growth are among the core values of GEST and its members. Facilitation of communication with international societies and outstanding experts/leaders is another important goal of our society. To achieve this goal, we are active in holding international convention and joint conference with major foreign societies. We are now not only elaborating on formulating dometic guidelines on gastroenterological clinical practices but also actively participating in the formulation of international guidelines. We also encourage and support the active involvement and presentation of research work by our young or promising members in other international conferences.

The Taiwan Liver Cancer Association (TLCA) was officially founded in May 2008. The current president is Dr. Shi-Ming Lin. There are 502 members currently, including hepatologists, hepatobiliary surgeons, pathologists, radiologist, radiotherapist, hepato-oncologist and basic researchers of hepatology. Dr. Chung-Kwe Wang first established the Taiwan Liver Cancer Study Group in July 2000. After eight years of consistent meetings with all dedicated members, he found the necessity of founding the TLCA. The missions of TLCA are to update the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of liver cancer, to interact the techniques and experience of management of HCC, to promote basic researches in hepatology, to communicate with internationally well known scholars and to host international symposium.

Taiwan Academy of Tumor Ablation was established in 2001. It is the most important academic group of minimally invasive tumor medicine in Taiwan. It was established by experts from various fields such as surgical, internal medicine, and radiology. It is committed to cancer treatment academic exchanges, technical training and tumor ablation specialists certification.

The Taiwan Society of Interventional Radiology (TSIR) was founded in 16th December, 2016 by Professor Huei-Lung Liang, MD, who is the Director of the Department of Radiology at Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital. Although only founded 4 years ago, our society has grown rapidly, and currently consists of 305 members from all related professions, including radiologists, gastrologist, radiological technologist, and basic researchers of radiology. TSIR was founded to promote academic research in interventional radiology, create accessibility and to up to date and advanced re-education for young and experienced interventional radiologists, improve patient care, and encourage international and interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge.