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Welcome to the Pacific Coast Division of the American Liver Foundation. We are proud to serve this community by promoting liver health and disease prevention through research, education, and advocacy for those affected by liver-related diseases, including hepatitis.

Liver disease mirrors our region’s population – it cuts across ethnic, racial, and gender lines. On a local level, the funding we receive throughout the year allows us to continue to support the community through a variety of means including the following:

  • free liver wellness educational programs
  • professional and patient liver updates throughout the year
  • informational packets for patients, friends and family
  • support group referrals
  • research funding
  • medical referrals
  • advocacy efforts
  • and much more

Since 1990, the Pacific Coast Division has served the communities of San Diego County and Imperial Valley helping those touched by liver disease. In 2009, the Hawaii Chapter was integrated into the Pacific Coast Division, such that we now serve the state of Hawaii as well. Through the generous support of our community partners, we continue to challenge liver disease, an affliction that affects 1 in 10 Americans at some point during their lifetime.

The mission of the American Liver Foundation is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. Thank you for your past kindness and continued support.

Call us today at 619-291-5483 to support this worthy cause and to help those touched by liver disease now and in the future. You may also donate now by clicking the red button to the left.

Thank you for your time. We invite you to visit our site often to learn about liver wellness, educational programs, and fundraising events throughout the year.

Scott Suckow
Executive Director

Peggy Beers
Community Outreach and Education Manager

We thank our Division Board of Directors for their commitment to the prevention, treatment, and cure of hepatitis and other liver diseases through research, education, and advocacy. They show their tremendous benevolence through giving freely of their time and financial support.

Tim Carter
Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency, LLC

Terry Cunningham, MAOM
HIV Health Services Planning Council for the County of San Diego

Rita McCrerey
Immediate Past President
Community Volunteer

Brian Christie
Producer, Reporter and News Anchorman

Mary Hubbard, LAADC
MARSTE Training Services

RB Johnson, MD, FACG
Community Volunteer

Thomas Krumenacker, CRPS
UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Tina Moreno
McAlister Institute

Lori Plutchak

Robert Salkin
Food Industry Consultant

Tony Turner
Gentiva Health Services

We are grateful for the leadership and commitment of our Medical Advisory Committee. The Medical Advisory Committee is actively engaged in supporting the American Liver Foundation and provides their talents and expertise to assist us with fundraising efforts and education programs and services.

Rohit Loomba, MD
University of California at San Diego

Catherine Frenette, MD, FAST, AGAF
Vice Chair
Scripps Green Hospital

Terry Cunningham, MAOM
President, ALF Pacific Coast Division Board of Directors

Lisa Richards, MSN, FNP
Chair, Associate Medical Advisory Committee

Adam Deising, DO
Naval Medical Center San Diego

Robert Gish, MD
La Maestra Community Health Centers
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Asian Pacific Health Foundation
Stanford University

Tarek Hassanein, MD
Southern California Liver Centers

Sumodh Kalathil, MD
The Queen’s Medical Center – Honolulu, Hawaii

Gabriel Schnickel, MD, MPH, FAC
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Christopher Marsh, MD
Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic

Anders Nyberg, MD, MPH
Kaiser Permanente

Lisa Nyberg, MD, MPH
Kaiser Permanente

John Person, MD
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group

Paul Pockros, MD
Scripps Clinic and Scripps Translational Science Institute

Christian B. Ramers, MD, MPH, AAHIVS
Family Health Centers of San Diego

Steven Rose, MD
UC San Diego Health-Hillcrest

Kathleen B. Schwartz, MD
UCSD/Rady Children’s

Javaid Shad, MD, MBA
North County Gastroenterology
Tri-City Medical Center
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Lisa Richards, MSN, FNP-BC, Chair
UC San Diego Health System

Meredith Albrecht, RN, BSN 
Vital Therapies, Inc.

Sara Andolina, NP 
North County Gastroenterology

Barbara Andrews, FNP-BC
UC San Diego Health System

Summer Collier, MSN, FNP-BC, AAHIVS
UC San Diego Health System

Pamela Conner, FNP-BC
Family Health Centers of San Diego

Robert Depriest, PharmD, AAHIVP   
Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy

Melissa Ferrari, PA-C, MPAS
Scripps Center for Organ Transplantation

Anna Marie Hefner, PhD, MaEd, CPNP   
Southern California Liver Centers

Mary Hubbard 
Marste Training Services

Connie Lafuente, MPH      
Project Concern International 

Mylene Lumanog, MSN, FNP, GNP, BC
VA San Diego Health System

Michael Phetsanghane, BSN, RN
La Maestra Community Health Center

Eva Skulsky, PA  
North County Gastroenterology

Robin Soto, MSN, FNP-BC, AAHIVS   
UC San Diego Health


Vivian Soto-Zepeda, BBA

Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

Melanie Swan, DNP, FNP-BC
Family Health Centers of San Diego

Melissa Thun, BSN 
County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

Shirley M. Tsunoda, Pharm.D.  
UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Sonia C. Tucker  
La Maestra Community Health Center

Alerice Walker, PA
Naval Medical Center San Diego

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