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Educational Programs

The American Liver Foundation’s Connecticut Division offers local educational programming on a variety of topics. For information about these programs, contact Donna Sciacca at or 203-234-2022. If you are not yet on our mailing list to receive Save the Date notices and program invitations, send Donna an email asking to be added to our distribution list.

Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts is designed for patients, caregivers, the general public, students and medical professionals who wish to learn about various liver-related health issues. The format is a panel presentation followed by a Question and Answer session. Food and beverage will be served. Pre-registration is required for these programs.

My father, mother, and I recently attended the American Liver Foundation’s “Ask the Experts” event at Quinnipiac University. While this was only the second American Liver Foundation event we have attended, the staff immediately recognized us and warmly welcomed us to the event. The event itself was professionally run and the content was informative and relevant. My father has been battling liver cancer and the event gave him a forum to improve his understanding of his disease and gain awareness of resources available to him. It was also an opportunity for him to share information with his family and address their questions. The speakers selected were truly excellent from start to finish. This event was very obviously put on with love by a group of capable, knowledgeable individuals in touch with the needs of their target demographic. Thank you for having us. – The Blair Family

Ask the Experts on Video!

Click this link below to view the recorded Ask the Experts program that was held in October 2016 at Quinnipiac University. The program topics were:

  • Overview of Liver Diseases
  • Liver Cancer
  • Nutrition and Liver Health
  • Medication Management

Patient and Family Forums

The American Liver Foundation’s Connecticut Division invites you to attend its Patient and Family Forums. These discussion groups, which are free of charge, provide great opportunities to get helpful information, meet other patients and family members, and speak with health care providers on a variety of topics.

Forums are held 6:30-7:30pm. Light snacks and refreshments are served.

The Patient and Family Forums are open to patients, caregivers, and medical professionals.

Please RSVP to Donna Sciacca – or telephone 203-234-2022.

Community Events

The ALF CT participates in numerous community health and wellness events throughout the state. Check back to see where we will be throughout the year, and come visit our exhibits!

Programs Calendar


Fatty Liver Disease From a Bariatric Surgeon’s Perspective

Date Recorded April 9, 2019 Program An American Liver Foundation webinar aired April 9th, 2019 featuring Dr. Makram Gedeon, MD,  Bristol Hospital Multi-Specialty Group and ALF Community Outreach and Education Manager, Connecticut Division, Donna Sciacca. Who Should Watch Medical professionals, patients and caregivers of people who have fatty liver disease

Living Liver Donation Presented by AnnMarie Liapakis, MD; Yale New Haven Transplantation Center

Program Dr. AnnMarie Liapakis, Transplant Hepatologist provides an overview about end-stage liver disease, liver transplantation, and living liver donation. Her discussion will answer questions about the donation and transplantation process, what to expect with the surgery and recovery, and long-term outlook for donors and recipients. Who Should Watch This webinar

Rare Liver Diseases Webinar Presented by Dr. Pramod Mistry and Dr. Silvia Vilarinho of the Yale School of Medicine

Date of Program (recording) January 14, 2019 Who Should Watch Patients, caregivers, medical provides, and anyone with an interest in learning more about rare liver diseases. Program Description Some liver diseases are well-known, while others affect people but are not as widely recognized. This webinar reviews some rare liver diseases
Alcoholic Liver Disease Webinar Presented by Julie Spivack, MD of Gastroenterology Associates

Alcoholic Liver Disease Webinar Presented by Julie Spivack, MD of Gastroenterology Associates

Program This webinar will provide information about the spectrum of alcoholic liver disease, drinking levels and who is most affected by excessive alcohol consumption, and a medical overview of the effects of alcohol on the human body. Dr. Spivack also shares information about alcoholic hepatitis and fatty liver disease associated

Case Studies in the Multidisciplinary Management of HCC presented by Dr. Tamar Taddei and Dr. Mario Strazzabosco

Presented by Tamar Taddei, MD of VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health; and Mario Strazzabosco, MD, PhD, of Yale New Haven Health This professional education webinar offers insight in taking a multidisciplinary approach in treating patients with hepatocellular cancer. Participants will learn about the complexities in managing

Liver Wellness Webinar: 10 Ways To Cut Back on Salt and Sugar

Presented by Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC Registered Dietician and living liver donor, Dana Angelo White, shares statistics on salt and sugar consumption, presents valuable tips on how to read food labels when shopping for groceries, and offers suggestions on ways to reduce salt and sugar consumption. This webinar
Managing Medications Webinar by Michelle Day, Nurse Manager GI Endoscopy at Hartford Hospital

Managing Medications Webinar by Michelle Day, Nurse Manager GI Endoscopy at Hartford Hospital

Presented by Michelle Day, RN, MSN, CGRN; Nurse Manager of GI Endoscopy at Hartford Hospital This educational webinar is geared to the liver patient community as well as patients’ families and caregivers. It provides basic tools and tips related to understanding medication (dosage, side effects, etc.), drug and food interactions,

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