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ALF promotes education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. ALF Great Lakes provides a wide variety of these services including information and referral, education programs, support groups, exciting fundraising events, and an array of volunteer opportunities.

Jacqueline Dominguez
National Senior Director, Engagement

For help with issues related to liver disease, please contact our Help Center by using the Live Chat feature at the bottom of your browser window or call us at (800) 465-4837 Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm Eastern Time or by email at

Hepatitis C Screenings

Interested in free hepatitis C screenings in an area near you? Here are upcoming dates and locations of hepatitis C screenings in the area! Know your status!

Learn more about testing and resources in your area with this CDC database of free screenings by zip code. Click here.

Weekly Testing by M.A.D.E (Making a Daily Effort)

Mondays, 9am – 2pm

  • 8000 S. Cottage Grove

Tuesdays, 9am – 2pm

  • 5343 S. Western

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am – 2pm

  • 5959 S Ashland

Weekly Testing by BHC (Brothers Health Collective)

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 10 am – 2pm

  • Matthew House Chicago, 3722 S Indiana Ave

4th Fridays of the month, 10 am – 2 pm

  • Chicago Women’s AIDS Project 6363, N Broadway St

Saturdays, 9 am – 3 pm

  • 2517 S Archer Ave

The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry Mobile Screening Van (Note: the Night Ministry only serves 1. Those experiencing homelessness or unstable housing, 2. MSM of color)


  • Humboldt Park (Division & California) 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Uptown (Wilson & Hazel) 6:30 -8:30 pm


  • South Shore (Jeffery & 71st) 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Pilsen (Cermak & Loomis) 9:30 – 11:30 pm


  • Back of the Yards (54th & Halsted) 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Humboldt Park (Division & California) 9:30 – 11:30 pm


  • South Shore (Jeffery & 71st) 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Uptown (Wilson & Hazel) 9:45 -11:45 pm


  • Back of the Yards (54th & Halsted) 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Pilsen (Cermak & Loomis) 9:30 – 11:30 pm

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 a medical professional. Some support groups are facilitated by 3rd party organizations and individuals in this region.

ALF also has identified virtual online support groups you can take advantage of by visiting this page.

Arlington Heights

Northwest Community Healthcare
Center for Specialty Medicine, LCI
Mallard Room
800 West Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL

Hep C outreach is a support group for people and/or family and friends of people with Hepatitis C. The group can provide emotional support and share information about the disease with people who have or have had Hepatitis C.

Meets: First Monday of each month, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Phone: 847-253-8866

Contact Debra Panarese for more information.


Alpha-1 Foundation Support Group – Open Arms Alpha-1 Support Group

Alpha-1 Foundation has over 80 Support Groups Nationwide for Liver and Lung affected Alphas. Please call for more information, including dates and times for support groups or please check

Jackie English and Deb Burwell (Support Group Leaders)

For more information





Andersonville Support Group

First Evangelical Church
5255 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL

Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Please visit the website above for more information.

Meets: 7:00PM

Contact Terry Enright for more information.

Liver Support Group at Rush University Medical Center

937 North Atrium Classroom
1653 West Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL

This support group is for patients and their families who are waiting or recovering from liver transplant at Rush. The support group shares stories with one another and is facilitated by a chaplain and social worker. Call Carla Albergo, LSW, (312) 563-4223, with any questions.

Meets: Thursdays 3pm

New Hepatitis C Support Group Hosted by the University of Chicago and ALF

Crown Plaza Hotel
160 East Huron
University of Chicago Clinic
9th floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Meets: January 10, 2013
Phone: 312-377-9030

Contact Jacqueline Dominguez (American Liver Foundation) for more information.

Transplant Support Group

47 W Polk Street
Suite 100-140
Chicago, IL

Phone: 800-494-4527

East Moline

New Beginnings – A support group for individuals living with liver disease

Phone: 309-792-1485

Contact Martin Schmidt for more information.


Transplant Support Group of Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois Medical Center
4201 Medical Center Drive
McHenry, IL 60050

Phone: 815-477-9528


Organ Transplant Support, Inc.

PO Box 471
Naperville, IL 60566

Contact: Carol Olash, President
Phone: 630-527-8640


Alpha-1 Foundation Support Group – Alphas of Northern Illinois

Alpha-1 Foundation has over 80 Support Groups Nationwide for Liver and Lung affected Alphas. Please call for more information, including dates and times for support groups or please check

Mike Dobbs (Support Group Leader)

For more information

Phone: 815-222-9081


Central Illinois Transplant Support Group

4001 Sandhill Road, #124
Springfield, IL 62702

Phone: 217-899-8036

Hepatitis C Teleconferences on Tuesday nights

Listen to speakers discuss various hepatitis C related topics, followed by a question and answer session, and time to “chat.” Teleconference is free and confidential.

Meets: Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm CST


Support Group

Central DuPage Hospital
25 North Winfield Road
Winfield, IL

Provides support for individuals and their family members who have experienced liver disease regardless of type or stage.

Meets: First Thursday of each month, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Phone: 630.399.5709

Contact Kelly Hofmann for more information.

Wood Dale

Alpha-1 Foundation Support Group – Chicagoland Alpha-1 Support Group

Alpha-1 Foundation has over 80 Support Groups Nationwide for Liver and Lung affected Alphas. Please call for more information, including dates and times for support groups or please check

Dawn Bailey (Support Group Leader)

For more information

Phone: 708-774-3529

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.


Loyola University
Chicago, IL

This trial is designed to be the initial prospective pilot investigation of the effectiveness of combined SBRT and TACE as bridging therapy for HCC patients awaiting liver transplantation. No prospective clinical trials regarding the combination of TACE and SBRT in pre-transplant population have been performed. We propose the trial be conducted as a pilot clinical trial with the goal of enrolling 40 patients into each arm.

To obtain more information, please contact Beth Chiapetta708-216-2568  or

Advanced HCC

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

The purpose of this study of INC280 and PDR001 is to characterize the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics (PD) and antitumor activity of PDR001 administered i.v. as a single agent or in combination with INC280 administered orally in adult patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

To obtain more information, please contact Manish Sharma: 1-855-702-8222 (adult trials) or 1-773-702-6808 (pediatric trials)


University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Assessment of safety and tolerability of ADI-PEG 20 in combination with folinic acid (leucovorin), fluorouracil and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX) in advanced GI malignancies.

To obtain more information, please contact Ari Baron, MD: 1-855-702-8222 (adult trials) or 1-773-702-6808 (pediatric trials)

Hepatitis B

Rush University
Chicago, IL

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety, efficacy and pharmacokinetics of an investigational drug to treat patients with hepatitis B. Two different doses of the drug will be investigated compared to a placebo. The treatment will be assigned randomly. A total of approximately 140 subjects with hepatitis B will be enrolled. At Rush University Medical Center, we expect to recruit 2 patients.

To obtain more information, please contact Diana Goldman: (312) 563-3919 or (312) 942-1372

Cirrhosis and HCC Prevention

Northwestern Memorial
Chicago, IL

This study seeks to discover how well simvastatin works in preventing liver cancer in patients with liver cirrhosis. Simvastatin may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

To obtain more information, please contact Kim Sipich312-694-1293

Hepatic Encephalopathy

Northwestern Memorial
Chicago, IL

Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Dose-Ranging, Multicenter Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Rifaximin Soluble Solid Dispersion. Participants must have a history of hospitalization with OHE.

To obtain more information, please contact Kim Sipich: phone 312-694-1293, 312-694-0326


Northwestern Memorial
Chicago, IL

The primary objectives of this study are to evaluate the effect of Elafibranor treatment compared to placebo on 1) histological improvement and 2) all-cause mortality and liver-related outcomes in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and fibrosis.

To obtain more information, please contact Jeanne Gottsteinphone 312-694-0264

Simvastatin in Preventing Liver Cancer in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis

Northwestern University

This study will test the effects of simvastatin in people with liver cirrhosis. Participants in this study will get either simvastatin or placebo, a pill that looks like the study drug but contains no medication. This will allow researchers to see if participants taking simvastatin show changes in their liver, which may indicate a lower risk of developing cancer. This study is looking for volunteers who are 18 years of age or older and have liver cirrhosis. We will enroll 80 participants.

Contact Kim Sipich at 312-694-1293 to obtain more information.

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Oluwatoyin Adeyemi, MD
Cook County Health/CORE Center

Costica Aloman, MD
Rush University

Estella Alonso, MD
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Andrew Aronsohn, MD
University of Chicago

Bashar Attar, MD
Cook County

Ruba Azzam, MD
Comer Children’s Hospital

Alfred Baker, MD
Northwester Memorial Hospital – Retired

Talia Baker, MD
University of Chicago

George Behrens, MD
AMITA Health

Nikhil Bhargava, MD
Digestive Disease Consultants

Christine Chan, MD
UI Health

Edie Chan, MD
Rush University

Michael Charlton, MD
University of Chicago

Brian Chou, MD
Loyola University

Thomas Couri, MD
University of Chicago

Asha Dhanarajan, MD
Loyola University

Diego Di Sabato, MD
University of Chicago

Sheila Eswaran, MD, MS
Rush University

Mark Fallah, MD, FAASLD
DuPage Medical Group

Claus Fimmel, MD
Northshore University Health System

Steven Flamm, MD
Northwestern Medicine

John Fung, MD
University of Chicago

Rich Green, MD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Martin Hertl, MD, PhD, FACS
Rush University

Gregory Huhn, MD
CORE Center

Sujit Janardhan, MD, PhD
Rush University

Donald Jensen, MD
Rush University

Aparna Kalyan, MBBS
Northwestern Medicine

Dympna Kelly, MD
University of Chicago

David Kim, MD
Northwest Gastroenterology

Sean Koppe, MD
UI Health

Laura Kulik, MD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Priya Maddur, MD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Michelle Martin, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP
University of Illinois

Adam Mikolajczyk, MD
UI Health

Michael Millis, MD
University of Chicago

Justin Mitchell, MD
Rush University

Saeed Mohammad, MD
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Christopher Moore, MD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Ken O’Riordan, MD
Lakeshore Gastroenterology and Liver Disease Institute

Sonali Paul, MD
University of Chicago

Anjana Pillai, MD
University of Chicago

Nancy Reau, MD
Rush University

K. Gautham Reddy, MD
University of Chicago

Sarah Repking, NP
Rush University

Mary Rinella, MD, FAASLD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Riad Salem, MD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Vicki Shah, PAC
Rush University

Lisa Van Wagner, MD, MSc
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Natasha Von Roenn, MD
Loyola University Medical Center

Rocky Yapp, MD
Digestive Health Services


Kristie Allen

Colleen Blackshear

Donna Calder, RN

David Choi, PharmD, BCACP

Hazel Domingo, PA

Shernita Florez, RN Manager

Colleen Folkers, NP

Hannah Gibbs, RD

Barrett Gray

Elena Ignatiev, DNP, RN

Natalia Jasiak

Wai Lam, PA-C

Lisa Landers

Amber (Lathom) Yow, PA

Truc Vo, APN

Hannah Manella

Marcella Lindstrom, MS, APRN

Michelle Martin, Pharm D

Megan McAuliffe, ANP-BC

Suzanne Molino, Pharm D

Alison Moser, MSN, FNP-BC

Loretta Murphy, RN

Douglas Pavkov, RN

Tara Reen, LCSW

Sarah Repking, NP

Laura Ritchie, RN

Melanie Samardzija, NP

Mia Schmiedeskamp, Pharm D, PhD, BCPS

Melissa Semp, RN

Phoebe LeBeau, Pharm D

Vicki Shah, PAC

Jacinta Staple, MSN, RN

Amanda Van Jacobs

Kristin Ward

Alyson Yoder

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