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About Us

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

Since 2000, the Texas Division has served Greater Houston by helping those impacted by liver disease through outreach and free educational programs. In 2015, the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Division was established and in 2018, thanks to the outreach of a dedicated volunteer who lost her father to liver cancer, the Texas Division partnered with Power to Cure to launch the first community-based Liver Life Walk in San Antonio.

Today, the Texas Division leadership includes 15 board members and 33 medical advisory committee members in Houston and Dallas and thousands of annual volunteers and supporters.

In addition to the new Liver Life Walk San Antonio, the Texas Division hosts two successful annual Liver Life Walks in Houston and Dallas that involve hundreds of current and former patients, caregivers, transplant recipients, cancer survivors, family members, doctors, nurses, and folks who want to walk to support others. Images from our 2018 Dallas Walk and our upcoming Houston Walk flier are below.






The Texas Division also produces two annual culinary fundraising dinners in Houston and Dallas where a total of 30 chefs are engaged to create a culinary delight for the philanthropic-minded to raise over $100,000 in support of local programs in each city.





and, thanks to the support of our volunteer physicians, nurses, and other friends, the Texas Division produces several well-attended educational programs in the Houston and Dallas areas that engage hundreds of individuals every year who have an interest in learning more about liver disease and prevention. We have shared a couple samples below from last year’s educational programming.







Locally, funds received throughout the year from individuals, corporations and foundations, allow us to continue to support the our community through a variety of means including the following:

  • free liver wellness educational programs
  • k-12 outreach
  • 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

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.

If you would like information on how to leave the American Liver Foundation Texas in your will, please contact us at or 281-929-8000.

If you could like to make a contribution to the American Liver Foundation Texas, your gift is 100% tax-deductible and will help us continue reaching out to Texans in need. Simply click on the “donate now” red button at the top of this page.

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.

Rosie Butler
Executive Director

Leigh Butler
Events Manager, Greater Dallas

Jessica Snell
Events Manager, Greater Houston

Dallas/Ft. Worth

Miya McClary, President

Marvin Barnes

Angela Grappe

Carman Jackson

Mark Powell

Cadi Shurbet

Zahid Vahora, MD

Greater Houston

Sanjiv Harparat, MD, Chairman

Julie Corkrean

Kristen Hanks Ben Hays

Mark Holley

Blaine Hollinger, MD

Daniel Leung, MD

Jim Osburn

Lizette Escamilla


F. Blaine Hollinger, MD – National MAC Member

  • Professor, Virology & Microbiology: Hollinger Lab, Baylor College of Medicine; Director, Eugene B. Casey Hepatitis Research Center and Diagnostic Laboratory; Transplant Hepatologist, CHI, St. Luke’s Hospital, Texas Medical Center

John M. Vierling, MD, FACP, FAASLD, AGAF – National MAC Member

  • Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center; Director of Baylor Liver Health and Chief of Hepatology; Director of Advanced Liver Therapies, CHI, St. Luke’s Hospital, Texas Medical Center;Program Director, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation Fellowship, Division of Abdominal Transplantation. Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine Baylor College of Medicine

Victor Ankoma-Sey, MD

  • Director of Liver Transplant Program Houston Methodist; Director of Liver Associates of Texas

J. Steve Bynon, MD, FACS

  • Chief of Abdominal Transplantation at Memorial Hermann Hospital Texas Medical Center; Director of the Division of Abdominal Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine University of Texas Medical School, Houston

Robert Davis, MD

  • Memorial Hermann Memorial City, Gastroenterology

Douglas Fishman, MD

  • Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Therapeutic Endoscopy Texas Children’s Hospital; Medical Director, Texas Children’s Hospital, Pancreaticobiliary Program; Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Joseph Galati, MD

  • Medical Director for the Center Liver Disease and Transplantation Houston Methodist Hospital; President of the Texas International Endoscopy Center; Texas Liver Specialists

John Goss, MD

  • Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Abdominal Transplantation, Baylor College of Medicine; JLH Foundation Chair in Transplant Surgery, Texas Children’s Hospital; Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation, St. Luke’s Medical Center; Director of Liver Transplantation, Texas Children’s Hospital; Director of Liver Transplantation, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery

Sanjiv Harpavat, MD

  • Pediatric gastroenterologist, Texas Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Daniel Leung, MD

  • Director of Clinical Research, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Texas Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Victor Machicao, MD

  • Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Medical Director of Memorial Hermann Liver Transplant Program, Texas Medical Center

Harrys A. Torres, MD, FACP, FIDSA

  • Director of the Infectious Diseases Outpatient Clinic, Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Medical Center; Center Medical Director-Internal Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center;Associate Professor, Tenure, Department of Infectious Diseases, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


*  Member of the American Liver Foundation National Medical Advisory Committee

Dallas/Ft. Worth

Dr. Ranjeeta Bahirwani, Co-Chairman

Dr. Tom Kerr, Co-Chairman

Amal Aqul, MD

Ranjeeta Bahirwani, MD

Manjushree Gautam, MD

Liz Hernandez, BSN, RN

Rita Lepe, MD

Jody Mackling, RN, CPNP-AC

Parvez Mantry, MD

Apurva Modi, MD

Abdullah Mubarak, MD

Robert Perrillo, MD

Charina Ramirez, MD

Laura Ryan, PA-C, MBA

Rachel Stewart, BSN, MSN, APRN, DNP

James Trotter, MD

Tom Kerr, MD

Islam Shahin, MD

Zahid Vahora, MD

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