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The American Liver Foundation Texas Division proudly serves the State of Texas 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 to serve the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex 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 individuals who want to walk to support others.

The Texas Division also produces two annual culinary fundraising dinners, Flavors of Houston and Flavors of Dallas bringing a host of the best local chefs to create a culinary delight for the philanthropic minded to raise over $400,000 in support of local programs in each city. Monies raised through events such as Flavors of Houston and Dallas will help to support our mission.

In addition, 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.

Funding received throughout the year from individuals, corporations and foundations, allows us to continue to support 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

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 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.

Rosie Butler
Executive Director

Leigh Butler
Events Manager, Greater Dallas

Jessica Snell
Events Manager, Greater Houston

Dallas / Fort Worth

Tom Kerr, MD – Chairman
UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas

Ranjeeta Bahirwani, MD – Co-Chair
Baylor University Medical Center

Rachel Stewart, BSN, MNS, APRN, DNP – Co-Chair
John Peter Smith Health Network

Amal Aqul, MD
UT Southwestern & Children’s Health Dallas

Manjushree Gautam, MD
Liver Consultants of Texas, Baylor All Saints Medical Center

Elizabeth Hernandez, BSN, RN
Baylor University Medical Center

Rita Lepe, MD
Liver Consultants of Texas, Baylor University Medical Center

Jody Mackling, RN, CPNP-AC
Children’s Health Dallas

Parvez Mantry, MD
The Liver Institute at Methodist Liver Center

Arpruva Modi, MD
Liver Consultants of Texas, Baylor All Saints Medical Center

Abdullah Mubarak, MD
The Liver Institute at Methodist Liver Center

Hector Nazario, MD
The Liver Institute at Methodist Liver Center

Robert Perrillo, MD
Liver Consultants of Texas, Baylor University Medical Center

Charina Ramirez, MD
UT Southwestern & Children’s Health Dallas

Islam Shahin, MD
Methodist of Dallas Medical Center

James Trotter, MD
Liver Consultants of Texas, Baylor University Medical Center

Zahid Vahora, MD
The Liver Institute at Methodist Liver Center

Jeffery Weinstein, MD
The Liver Institute at Methodist Liver Center


Norman L. Sussman, M.D., Co-Chairman
Division of Abdominal Transplantation
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

John Steve Bynon, M.D., Co-Chairman
Chief Abdominal Transplantation
Memorial Hermann Hospital, TMC

Sanjiv Harpavat, M.D.
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Texas Children’s Hospital

Daniel H. Leung, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Hepatology and Liver Transplant Medicine
Texas Children’s Hospital

Harrys A. Torres, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A.
Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control, and Employee Health, Division of Internal Medicine
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Victor Ankoma-Sey, M.D.
Transplant Hepatology, Hepatology, Gastroenterology
Houston Methodist

Rashid Khan, M.D.
Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Liver Transplantation
Baytown Methodist

F. Blaine Hollinger, M.D.
Medicine, Molecular Virology & Epidemiology, Director, Eugene B. Casey Hepatitis Research Center
Baylor College of Medicine

Victor Machicao, M.D.
Transplant Hepatologist
Memorial Hermann Hospital, TMC

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