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About Us

Our vision: A world without liver disease.

The Desert Southwest Division of the American Liver Foundation is a small, yet mighty team of individuals deeply dedicated to our mission – to promote education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.

Led by a voluntary Board of Directors and regional Medical Advisory Committees, the Desert Southwest Division offers up-to-date information and support to individuals with liver disease and their families, caregivers, friends, health care professionals, and the local community.  We cover the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.

We are proud to be the home of the first ‘Flavors’ fundraising event with founding chef, Christopher Gross, celebrating its 27th anniversary in Phoenix. We also hold a Flavors of Tucson, celebrating 15 years, and look forward to welcoming Flavors of Salt Lake City.

We are always adding new free public and professional education programs and exciting fundraising events to the calendar.  Please contact our office for more information or stay connected with us on social media.  Our current programs and events can be found on the “Programs & Events” tab on the Desert Southwest homepage.

Gina Bartes
Executive Director

Steve Pomerantz
Community Events Manager

Arielle Stewart
Community Events Coordinator

Judy Montini
Administrative Assistant

Karen Snyder
National Board Representative
Agility Business Improvement

Lorna B. Banister
Division Board President
Ballard Spahr LLP

Hamilton Baiden
Avella Specialty Pharmacy

Jodi Bohr
Gallagher & Kennedy

Mark B. Fast
Morgan Stanley

Pamela Fuller, EdD, RN
Chamberlain University

Ayn Larson, PA-C
Reddy GI Associates

Deborah Maurer, RN
Banner University Medicine Transplant Institute

Sharon Rayman, RN, MS
Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Erica Stutman
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Hugo Vargas, MD
Mayo Clinic

Quinn Williams
Greenberg Traurig

Phoenix

CHAIR
Hugo Vargas, MD, FACP, FACG
Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Liver Transplant Program

VICE CHAIR
Anil Seetharam, MD
Banner University Medicine Transplant Institute

Vijayan Balan, MD
Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Liver Transplant Program

Mashal Batheja, MD
Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center

David Chascsa, MD
Mayo Clinic Transplant Center

Steve Chen, MD
Banner University Medical Center Phoenix

Rolland Dickson, MD
Mayo Clinic Hospital

David Douglas, MD
Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Liver Transplant Program

Bradford Gelzayd, MD, FACG, AGAF
Southwest Digestive Specialists, Division of Arizona Digestive Health

Anita Kohli, MD
Institute for Liver Health

Sylvie Lebel, MD
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

David Leff, DO
Central AZ Medical Associates

Ester Little, MD
Banner University Medicine Transplant Institute

Richard A. Manch, MD, MHA, FACP, FACG
Dignity Health, St. Joseph’s Liver Disease Center

Ann Moore, FNP
Institute for Liver Health

Jorge Rakela, MD
Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Liver Transplant Program

Sudhakar Reddy, MD
Reddy GI Associates

Justin Reynolds, MD
Dignity Health, St. Joseph’s Liver Disease Center

Paul Sarmiento, MD
Scottsdale Weight Loss Center

Neil J. Shernoff MD, AGAF
Clinical Associates in Internal Medicine, LTD.

Gary Silber, MD
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Mitchell Shub, MD
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Charlie Thomas, LCSW, ACSW
Banner University Medicine Transplant Institute

Mark Wong, MD
Banner University Medicine Transplant Institute

Tuscon

Uma Goyal, MD
Banner University Medical Center Tucson/U of A Cancer Center

Shahid Habib, MD
Liver Institute PLLC

Scott Wilson, MD
El Rio Health Center Main Clinic

Natalie Stanton MD
Arizona Oncology

Utah

CHAIR
Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos, MD, FACS
Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery, Surgical Director Pediatric Liver Transplantation, Primary Children’s Hospital
Intermountain Healthcare, Medical Director Living Liver Donor Program – Intermountain Medical Center

VICE CHAIR
Juan Gallegos-Orozco, MD
Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of Hepatology and Liver Transplant, University of Utah Health

VICE CHAIR
Richard Gilroy, MD
Medical Director, Hepatology, Intermountain Medical Center

VICE CHAIR
Ivan Zendejas, MD
Intermountain Medical Center

Linda Book, MD
University of Utah Health, Primary Children’s Hospital

Terry Box, MD
Medical Director, Project ECHO
Assistant Dean for Community Faculty, Associate Professor (Clinical) of Medicine,
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University of Utah Health


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