Dr Eksteen is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary and a transplant hepatologist based at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. He was born in South Africa where he completed his basic medical degree before moved to Birmingham in the UK in 1996 where he completed his training in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, UK in 2011. He spent 10 years on the Birmingham liver transplant unit before moving to the University of Calgary in 2011.
Dr Eksteen obtained a PhD in liver immunology in Birmingham in 2007 under the supervision of Prof. David Adams and runs a basic science lab examining the immune pathways in PSC and other autoimmune liver diseases. His work has received numerous prestigious awards including the Dame Sheila Sherlock Research prize from the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL) in 2007 and in 2010 the Sir Francis Avery Jones Research Medal from the British Society of Gastroenterology. In 2011/2012 he was the United European Gastroenterology and American Gastroenterology Association rising Star recipient.