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Liver disease is non-discriminatory and affects 1 in 10 Americans. It affects individuals without any consideration of age, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic background. It may be inherited, and as liver diseases generally are a-symptomatic, many are unaware that they need to seek medical consultation. A diagnosis of liver disease can be overwhelming and the American Liver Foundation’s Great Lakes Division can provide valuable resources to help you and your loved ones as you navigate through your medical course of action.

We are proud to serve Illinois and Michigan. Our mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. We are supported by a passionate Board of Directors and guided by medical experts who serve on our Medical Advisory Committee. Their expertise is instrumental as we develop our educational lecture series for patients, the general public and healthcare professionals. We are grateful that these specialists in liver diseases and health volunteer their time to present the latest information to our audiences.

As patient advocates, we connect with our state government officials, advocating for improved legislative policy on behalf of Illinoisans and Michiganders who are affected by the over 100 forms of liver related diseases. Events throughout our region are designed to increase awareness, provide a place for the caring community to congregate, and raise the funds necessary to fulfill our mission.

We are honored to be able to partner with organizations within the communities to bring free Hepatitis C (HCV) testing to the general public. Our collaborations help us reach more and more people each day.

There are many ways you can help us spread the word! Visit and like our Facebook page, retweet on our behalf, volunteer at our events, intern with us for a semester, introduce us to new partners and sponsors, become a patient advocate, and donate if you are able. More importantly, tell everyone you know that the ALF Great Lakes Division is here to help.

To make a donation, please click here.

We also encourage you to visit and interact with our division page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Jacqueline DominquezExecutive Director
Brandon Combs, MNAAssistant Executive Director
Tatiana HayesCoordinator, Community Outreach & Education

Andrew Aronsohn, MD
Gastroenterologist, University of Chicago

Chris Broyles
Americas’ Head | Digital & Creative Communications; Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting

Michael Bullock
Grainger

Monica Chmielewski
Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner, LLP

Edgar Delgado
General Services Administration General Contractor

Toni Feldstein
@properties

Dennis F. Gleason, Treasurer
Horton & Associates

Hilary Hadley
Marketing Director

Donald M. Jensen, MD
Rush University

John Kaufman, Vice President
Morgan Stanley

Mary Leone
Owner, Mary Leone Designs

Rebecca Long
Independent Non-Profit Management

Ross O. Morreale
Law Offices of Ross O. Morreale Attorney at Law

Debbie Panarese
Hepatitis C Support Group Leader

Jeff Peevy
Automotive Management Institute

Marie Peevy
Automotive Training Coordinators

Nancy Reau, MD
ALF Medical Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Section Chief of Hepatology/Associate Director of Organ Transplantation, Rush University

Mary Rinella, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University

Lisa VanWagner, MD. President
ALF Medical Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University

Natasha Von Roenn, MD
Hepatologist, Loyola University

Dan Weil
ALF Great Lakes Division President Emeritus, ALF National Board Treasurer and Executive Committee Member

Terrell Whittington
Ai The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago

Rockford Yapp, MD
Gastroenterologist, Digestive Health Services

Oluwatoyin Adeyemi, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center

Costica Aloman, MD
Hepatologist, Rush University

Estella Alonso, MD
Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program, Lurie Children’s Hospital

Andrew Aronsohn, MD
Gastroenterologist, University of Chicago

Bashar Attar, MD
Gastroenterologist, Stroger Hospital

Ruba Azzam, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant Program, Comer Children’s Hospital

Alfred Baker, MD
Retired Professor of Medicine

Nikhil Bhargava, DO
Digestive Disease Consultants

John Brems, MD
Transplant Surgeon, Sherman Hospital

Edie Chan, MD
Surgical Director Liver Transplant Center, Rush University

Christine Chan, MD
University of Illinois

Sonu Dillon, MD
Hepatologist, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

Sheila Eswaran, MD
Assistant Professor, Rush University

Marc Fallah, MD
Gastroenterologist, DuPage Medical Group

Hector Ferral, MD
NorthShore University HealthSystems

Claus Fimmel, MD
Section Chief of Hepatology, Division of GI, Northshore University HealthSystem

Steven Flamm, MD
Gastroenterologist, Northwestern University

Daniel Ganger, MD
Transplant Hepatologist, Northwestern University

Richard Green, MD
Hepatologist, Northwestern University

Martin Hertl, MD
Surgeon, Rush University

Gregory Huhn, MD
Assistant Professor, Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center

Sujit Janardhan, MD
Assistant Professor, Rush University

Donald M. Jensen, MD
Professor, Rush University

Hoonbae Jeon, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Illinois

Darren Kastin, MD
Gastroenterologist, Edward Hospital

Sean Koppe, MD
Director of Hepatology, University of Illinois

Laura Kulik, MD
Associate Professor, Hepatology, Northwestern University

Veronica Loy, MD
Hepatologist, Loyola University

Amy Lu, MD
Professor of Surgery, Chief Abdominal Transplantation, Loyola University

Michelle Martin, PharmD
University of Illinois

J. Michael Millis, MD
Professor of Surgery, Chief-Section of Transplantation, Medical Director-Transplantation Services, University of Chicago

Justin Mitchell, MD
Hepatologist, Rush University

Kenneth O’Riordan, MD
Gastroenterologist, Lakeshore Gastroenterology

Anjana Pillai, MD
University of Chicago

Nancy Reau, MD
ALF Medical Advisory Committee Co-Chair. Section Chief of Hepatology/Associate Director of Organ Transplantation , Rush University

K. Gautham Reddy, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago

John Renz, MD
Professor of Surgery, Director-Liver Transplant Program, University of Chicago

Mary Rinella, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University

Karine Rozenberg, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Informatics, Department of Veteran Affairs

Kushal Shah, MD
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

Vicki Shah, PAC
Physician Assistant, Rush University

David Van Thiel, MD
Professor of Medicine/Surgery Advanced Liver and Gastrointestinal Disease Center, LLC

Lisa VanWagner, MD
ALF Medical Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University

Natasha Von Roenn, MD
Hepatologist, Loyola University

Mary Welti, ANP-C
Nurse Practitioner, Northwestern University

Rockford Yapp, MD
Gastroenterologist, Digestive Health Services

Donna Calder, RN
Rush University

Colleen Folkers, NP
Rush University

Lotus Kim, ANP
Illinois Center for Digestive and Liver Health

Wai Lam, PA-C
Rush University

Stephanie Laser, PA-C
Illinois Center for Digestive and Liver Health

Amber Low, PA
Loyola University

Michelle Martin, PharmD
University of Illinois

Janice Meyers, ACNP-BC
Northwestern University

Loretta Murphy, RN
University of Illinois

Rebecca Duke, NP
Northwestern University

Hannah Gibbs, RD
Rush University

Douglas Pavkov, RN
Loyola Univeristy

Sarah Repking, NP
Rush University

Laura Ritchie, RN
Rush University

Melanie Samardzija, NP
University of Chicago

Mia Schmiedeskamp, PharmD, PhD, BCPS
University of Illinois

Phoebe Sebhatu, PharmD
Rush University

Vicki Shah, PA-C
Associate Medical Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Rush University

Diane Vent, ANP
Loyola University

Mary Welti, ANP-C
Associate Medical Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Northwestern University

Suzanne Molino, PharmD
Rosalind Franklin University

Tara Reen, LCSW
Rush University

Sonia Vibhakar, PharmD
CORE Center


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