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Liver Health and Wellness

Doctor’s Notes are written by members of the Rocky Mountain Division Medical Advisory Committee and our partners in the liver community. They are updated when new information is available. If you have any suggestions for future topics please email the Rocky Mountain Division at Thanks for reading!

Shikha Sundaram

Pediatric Fatty Liver Disease

What is Pediatric Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)? NAFLD is a spectrum of diseases that all begin with excess fat deposition in the liver. As the disease becomes more severe, inflammation or irritation of the ...
Pomfret Burton

Living Donor Liver Transplantation Q&A with Dr. Elizabeth Pomfret and Dr. James Burton

What is live donor liver transplantation? Live donor liver transplantation is when a healthy person donates a portion of their liver to another person in need of a liver transplant. About 40-60% of a healthy ...
Michael Narkewicz

Hepatitis C in Children

Hepatitis C infection (HCV) is a chronic viral infection of the liver that affects upwards of 1-2 percent of adults. Fortunately, in children and adolescents, hepatitis C is less common, but it remains a significant ...
John Goff

Q&A with Dr. John Goff About Fatty Liver Disease

Q: What is it? A: Fatty liver disease is when there is excess fat in the liver. This fat can be associated with inflammation or can just be isolated fat in the liver. The fat ...
Dr. Gregory Everson

Curing Hepatitis C: Options for Treatment

In a breakthrough publication, leading hepatologist and hepatitis C expert Gregory Everson, M.D. provides state-of-the-science information to guide patients through the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C. Until recently, hepatitis C was considered incurable. “Curing ...
Dr. Karin Cesario

Autoimmune Hepatitis Q&A with Karin Cesario, MD

What is autoimmune hepatitis? “Hepatitis” is a general term meaning “inflammation of the liver.”  Many things can cause hepatitis including medications, viruses and alcohol.  In autoimmune hepatitis, the body’s immune system attacks liver cells leading ...
Todd Sheer

Dr. Todd Sheer Answers Questions About Alcohol Use Disorder

What is the scope of the problem? Excess alcohol use (or alcohol use disorder) is one of the most common causes of liver disease and is responsible for almost half of the cases of liver-related ...

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