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21 DECEMBER 2018

ALF’s CEO, Tom Nealon, Reflects Back on 2018 Accomplishments

As one year turns to the next, one of my favorite things to do is to reflect on how the American Liver Foundation (ALF) has grown in recent years. Among the things that make me most proud are ALF’s Divisions bringing newly designed education programs to those who need them most. The Houston office of our Texas Division is a case in point, presenting two Ask the Experts programs within two weeks in November with nearly 150 attendees.

On the 15th, Moises Nevah Rubin, MD, Gastroenterologist and Transplant Hepatologist, Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, presented What You Need to Know About Liver Disease & Liver Transplantation at the Health Museum in Houston. He was joined by a very special guest, a liver transplant recipient who discussed the journey from having an unsuspected case of hepatitis to liver cirrhosis and finally to liver transplant. An informal reception with refreshments began the evening, which ended with a question and answer session.

The second program, on November 29th in Baytown, Texas, focused on Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Presentations included What is Fatty Liver? by Rashid Khan, MD, Liver Specialist, Houston Methodist Hospital Baytown; What Are Liver Healthy Foods? By Jennifer Litaker, Registered Dietitian; and How to Prevent Fatty Liver? by JJ Rodriguez, Exercise Physiologist. Both Jennifer Litaker and JJ Rodriguez are also affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital Baytown, which hosted the evening. Again, an informal reception before the program allowed participants to meet the presenters.

Dr. Kahn said, “I was so pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the American Liver Foundation’s Houston office as well as Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital to provide an educational program focused on NASH and Fatty Liver Disease – nearly 100 folks came out to learn more about the subject. As the only full-time certified liver specialist in the Baytown area which is 30 miles east of Houston, community outreach and educational programs are very important out here. I was happy that the American Liver Foundation Greater Houston saw the need to bring the program to the community members where they live. It was a successful program and we plan to do another one in the spring focused on liver disease and transplantation.”

We are excited that the Texas Division continues to explore opportunities to take the ALF “Experts” into the suburbs and surrounding communities where the expertise of a liver specialist may be harder to come by and we are grateful to both Dr. Nevah Rubin and Dr. Khan for their contributions to the American Liver Foundation Greater Houston.

In the coming months, ALF will continue to enhance our schedule of programming designed to inform patients, family members, caregivers, students, medical providers and the general public about aspects of preventing and treating liver disease.

Tom Nealon
President & CEO
American Liver Foundation

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