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Calgary LIVERight Gala 2019
A Fundraiser in Support of Liver Research and Education.
Join us for Calgary’s 6th Annual LIVERight Gala on November 22nd, 2019 at the Sheraton Cavalier. This annual fundraiser event provides guests a night of top-notch entertainment, gourmet food, and the opportunity to mingle with patients and liver specialists who are making a difference. The evening comes alive with exciting performances, prize draws, silent and live auctions, and award ceremonies.
Liver disease may affect one in four Canadians – men, women and children. This year we will honour Dr. Kelly Burak, currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary where he serves as the Director of the Southern Alberta Liver Transplant Clinic.
DATE AND TIME
Friday November 22, 2019
6:00 PM – 12:30 AM MDT
2620 32 Ave NE
Calgary, AB T1Y 6B8
Kelly W. Burak, MD, FRCPC, MSc(Epid)
Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development
Co-Lead, Physician Learning Program (PLP)
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Oncology
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
Dr. Kelly Burak received his BSc (Biology), MD and Internal Medicine training at the University of Saskatchewan before completing training in Gastroenterology in Calgary. He completed a CASL/MRC Research Fellowship in Hepatology at the University of Calgary followed by a Clinical Fellowship in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2005, Dr. Burak was awarded his MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Calgary, and in 2012 he obtained a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.
Dr. Burak is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary and is cross-appointed to the Department of Oncology. He has been the Director of the Southern Alberta Liver Transplant Clinic since 2001. Dr. Burak has more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, which include Canadian clinical practice guidelines on the management of viral hepatitis and HCC.
He has a passion for Medical Education and has won a number of teaching awards, both locally and nationally, including the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Young Educator Award. In 2017, Dr. Burak became the Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development at the University of Calgary and the Co-Lead of the Physician Learning Program.
2018 LIVERight Special Guest
Taya & Jennifer
Taya’s journey with liver disease began in August of 2007 when she entered into the world. The first couple weeks of life went according to plan; she was developing and growing normally, despite a nagging yellow tinge in her eyes and skin.
“She had 10 little toes and fingers, and a set of very good lungs,” says Jennifer, Taya’s mom. “When we asked nurses what the yellow tinge could be, they suggested that perhaps it was breastmilk jaundice”.
Later due to the advice of a friend (a nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital), Jennifer and her husband were advised to take Taya to the emergency room. Their world would soon be turned upside.
Taya was diagnosed as a newborn with biliary atresia, a liver disease that is the leading cause of liver failure in newborns and children, her parents were in absolute shock. At just 11 weeks-old, Taya underwent a five-hour surgery called the “Kasai procedure” required to prevent further damage on her liver and save her liver. The surgery was a success, but one thing was certain; Taya would need a liver transplant in her future. Read full story here.