Patrizia Burra graduated in Medicine at the University of Padua in 1984. She completed her residency in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy at the University of Padua from 1984 to 1988. She spent three years (1988-1991) as visiting fellow at the Liver Unit and Liver Research Laboratories, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom as part of her PhD on Hepatology. She started her research activity on primary culture of human hepatocytes for the treatment of liver disease and then trained in Birmingham to become a transplant hepatologist. Her final degree of PhD in Hepatology was conferred in 1993 in Rome. She was appointed Teaching Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Padua in 1993 and since then her teaching activity has been devoted to the students of the Medical School, Post-Graduate courses, PhD courses and Master courses in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Regenerative Medicine and Liver Transplantation.
From 1993 to 2001 she was Consultant on Gastroenterology at the University Hospital of Padua. She was appointed as Assistant Professor in Gastroenterology at the University of Padua in 2001, and was nominated Chief of the Regional Centre on Cell Therapy for the Metabolic Liver Diseases from the Veneto Region Government in 2004. Patrizia was appointed Head of the Multivisceral Transplant Unit of the Department of Surgery, Oncology and Gastroenterology of the University Hospital in Padua in 2010. She has been Delegate of the Rector of the University of Padua for International Relations since 2008, and was elected member of UNIGASTRO (University Gastroenterology Education Committee) in 2010.
Prof. Burra was the organizer of the EASL Monothematic Conference in 2003 on Strategies for liver support: from stem cells to xenotransplantation. She was Vice-president of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) from 2003 to 2005, and Chairman of the European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association (ELITA) from 2005 to 2009. She was Chairman of the ESOT Education Committee from 2009 to 2011, nominated Councillor of the International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS) in 2009, and became Chairman of the ILTS Education Committee in 2011. She has been the President of the Non Profit Foundation “Marina Minnaja Foundation for the research and the study on liver transplantation” since 1998. She is a member of national and international Scientific Societies of Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Transplantation and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Transplantation and of Transplant International Journal. Her main research fields are represented by complications of liver cirrhosis (mainly encephalopathy), alcoholic liver disease, liver transplantation, post-transplant complications (recurrence of viral hepatitis, alcohol relapse, quality of life, compliance). She has dedicated many years to hepatocyte and stem cell research in the field of liver regeneration.
Prof. Burra was appointed EASL EU Policy Councillor on 20 April 2012 and PAC (Public Affairs Committee) Liver Group Member of UEG (United European Gastroenterology) at the same period.