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Local Resources

Support groups provide a place for individuals affected by a similar condition or circumstance to provide and receive support and share their experiences.

Not all support groups are facilitated by an American Liver Foundation volunteer. Some support groups are facilitated by 3rd party organizations and individuals in this region.

Coronado, California

Smart Recovery Support Group

Sharp Coronado HospitalDirections
Sanderman Auditorium
250 Prospect Place Coronado, CA 92118

Meets: Every Thursday beginning February 21, 2019 from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
(there will be no group held on July 4th, 2019)

The group is free, open to anyone who wants to abstain from substances and is living with a liver disease. Smart Recovery is a non-12 step, self-empowering support group.

Contact Melissa C. Smith, MSW, LCSW, ACM-SW (Sharp Coronado Hospital) for more information.

Phone: 619.385.3971

La Jolla, California

La Jolla Liver Disease Support Group

Green Hospital, Scripps ClinicDirections
10666 N. Torrey Pines Road
2nd Floor Amphitheatre
La Jolla, CA 92037

Meets: 1st Wednesday of every month

This group is open to ALL liver disease patients … to include cirrhosis, liver cancer, former Hep C patients, etc.

Contact Wendy Heit, MSW (Scripps Health) for more information.

Phone: 858.554.8156

La Jolla, California

Transplant Caregivers-Only Support Group

Scripps Transplant Center Conference Room – 2 NorthDirections
10666 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

Meets: 1st Wednesday of each month from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The group is free, open to anyone who is or has been a transplant caregiver, anyone who can benefit from a caring, supportive network of people who want to help each other at what is one of the most difficult times in a person’s life.

Contact Wendy Heit, MSW (Scripps Health) for more information.

Phone: 858.554.8156

Find a Clinical Trial anywhere…

Participating in a clinical trial is a great way to contribute to curing, preventing and treating liver disease and its complications. Start your search here to find clinical trials that need people like you.


Founded in 1999, eStudySite operates three dedicated clinical research clinics in San Diego and Las Vegas. We are actively recruiting several in Fatty Liver trials and may provide free FibroScans, study related medication and care to those who qualify. It is our goal to improve the health and quality of life for the patients we serve and help bring new medicines to our community.

Contact one of eStudySite’s patient services representative for more information.

Phone: 877-500-3788


MARG – Medical Associates Research Group

MARG is the clinical trial research center that is affiliated with San Diego Digestive Disease Consultants. They have been participating in clinical research since 1998 and have completed more than 150 trials including 25 hepatitis C studies with Vertex, Merck/Schering, Gilead, BMS, Novartis, Pfizer and more. HVC trials are taking place now. For more information or to see if you qualify, please contact Margaret at 858-277-5678.

Contact Margaret Perroud for more information.

Phone: 858-277-5678

ProSciento, Inc.

ProSciento is a leading clinical R&D services provider exclusively focused on NASH, diabetes, obesity and related metabolic diseases. ProSciento is widely recognized for quality and scientific excellence and for its contributions to advancing clinical research methodologies since 2003. The company has completed more phase I/II diabetes clinical research trials than any other US provider and has contributed to the development of more than 15 metabolic drugs and devices on the market today. Learn more about ProSciento’s current clinical research studies at

Contact one of ProSciento’s recruitment specialists at:

Phone: +1 (866) 308-7427

The American Liver Foundation’s Introduction to Clinical Trials guide contains information on what a clinical trial is, who is involved, how the process works, potential risks and benefits, and much more.






For information on clinical trials in your area:

  • Search the National Institutes of Health’s clinical trials website
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about clinical trials that you may be eligible for
  • Contact local medical institutions to learn about upcoming clinical trials

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