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Eric Yoshida

Session 1: Chronic and Acute Liver Failure
Dr. Eric Yoshida
Professor of Medicine UBC
Division of Gastroenterology VGH
Chair, CLF National Medical Advisory Committee
Chair, CLF BC Medical Advisory Committee

Dr. Eric Yoshida is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.  He is also currently the President of the Medical Staff Association at the Vancouver General Hospital. He is the past Head of the Division of Gastroenterology at UBC and VGH, past President of Canadian Association for the Study of Liver Disease (CASL), and has the distinction of being CASL’s longest-serving Governing Board Member.  He is well known nationally and internationally, as he has published more than 320 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the area of liver disease and liver transplantation.  He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Canadian Liver Journal, the official journal of CASL, and was the co-editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (previously the official journal of CASL).  Dr. Yoshida is the founder of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Diploma Program in Hepatology and is the past Chair of the Royal College subcommittee. He has received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, the CASL Distinguished Service Award, the VGH Clinical Excellence Award, and the Order of British Columbia. Dr. Yoshida has served for almost a decade as the Chair of the Canadian Liver Foundation’s National Medical Advisory Committee. He has given lectures at the CLF’s LIVERight Health Forums and other public liver disease forums since 2002 abd contributed articles for the LIVERight Gala program magazines. He is one of the inaugural Fellows of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and is the only adult hepatologist in BC with that distinction.

Stephen ChungSession 2: Liver Transplant: Surgery, Recovery, and Quality of Life
Dr. Stephen Chung
Professor of Surgery UBC
Past Head, Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery VGH

Dr. Stephen Chung is one of the most well respected hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgeons, both academically and clinically, at UBC. He is a full Professor of Surgery, past Head of the Division of General Surgery, Founder and inaugural Head of the Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery Program, Vancouver General Hospital, and has published many papers in peer-reviewed journals in this area. Dr. Chung has received awards from VGH for his scientific contributions to liver transplantation. He has been the honouree at the CLF BC/Yukon Chapter’s LIVERight Gala and has received the Gift of Life Award from the Happy Liver Society. Dr. Chung has volunteered his time to provide lectures at the CLF’s LIVERight Health Forums for many years and has contributed articles for the LIVERight Gala Program Magazines.

Dr. Chung is a member a number of scholarly societies including the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, the BC Surgical Society, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Hepatopancreaticobiliary Association, the International Liver Transplantation Society, the Pacific Coast Surgical Association and the Society of University Surgeons.

Richard AyuenSession 3: Personal Story of a Man Who Donated 71% of His Liver to His Son
Richard Ayuen

Richard’s son, Mathew, is one of the very few who can say that both his mother and father have given him life. His mother at birth and his father on September 7th, 2010 when he donated 71% of his liver to give his son a second chance at life. Watch Richard tell the full story of this remarkable family at the 2020 LIVERight Health Forum Sessions.

Trana Hussaini

Session 4: Medication and Your Liver
Dr. Trana Hussaini
Clinical Pharmacotherapy Specialist
Liver Transplantation VGH
Clinical Assistant Professor UBC

Dr. Trana Hussaini is a clinical pharmacotherapy specialist in Liver Transplantation at Vancouver General Hospital. She has worked in the areas of Critical Care, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplantation and Solid Organ Transplantation. She is an Academic Editor for the Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology and an Associate Editor-in-Chief of AME Medical Journal. Her areas of expertise and research interests include viral hepatitis, immunosuppressive pharmacotherapy, and acute kidney injury. She is well recognized to be the leading pharmacist in these areas and has been invited to provide many lectures to the pharmacy profession on these topics. Dr. Hussaini is also a strong clinical researcher in these areas and has published many papers in peer-reviewed journals in the area of hepatology and liver transplantation. Dr. Hussaini is truly a pioneer in the pharmacy profession in terms of liver disease and has singlehandedly increased the awareness of the importance of liver disease in pharmacy. Her efforts have been recognized in that she was the honouree at the CLF, BC/Yukon Chapter’s LIVERight Gala. Dr. Hussaini has volunteered her time to provide lectures to the UBC CLF Club and the LIVERight Health Forum. Dr. Hussaini has also contributed a written article for the CLF LIVERight Gala program magazine on the topic of drugs and liver disease.

Ed Tam

Session 5: Can I Die From Fatty Liver Disease?
Dr. Edward Tam
Clinical Hepatologist

Dr. Edward Tam is a clinical hepatologist in Vancouver, BC. He has a full-time community-based practice in general hepatology with a focus on viral hepatitis, as well as an interest in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and autoimmune liver diseases. He is active in teaching, clinical research, clinical guidelines development and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international congresses. He has also served on the Board for the Canadian Liver Foundation, BC/Yukon Region for many years.

He is most excited about global efforts working toward the elimination of hepatitis C, development of new therapeutics in the area of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and the future promise of curative therapies for chronic hepatitis B.

Charlene Chen

Session 6: Cooking For Your Liver
Charlene Chen
Registered Dietitian

Charlene Chen is a Registered Dietitian at Vancouver General Hospital and a University of British Columbia Clinical Instructor/preceptor for fifth-year dietetic students. She currently works in the field of solid organ transplantation. Charlene has decades of clinical nutrition experience from diverse areas such as transplant, surgery, ICU, medicine, cardiology, neurology, and long-term care. Charlene believes having good nutrition is one of the best ways to prevent chronic diseases.

Andreja Kovacevic

Session 7: Exercise and Liver Fitness
Andreja Kovacevic-Cikes

Clinical Kinesiologist

Andreja has been a practicing Kinesiologist for 22 years. She graduated from SFU in 1998 with a BSc. Kinesiology and later returned to SFU to complete a post-baccalaureate diploma in Gerontology (the study of aging) in 2005. Her love of learning has spanned the years of professional practice; she is currently pursuing a Master’s in Rehabilitation Science through the University of Melbourne, Australia. Andreja holds a mandate ‘to help people’ and is driven by science to find solutions. She takes a methodical approach in her exercise programming and looks to restore function, correct patterns, increase strength, enhance performance, condition for sport, and above all improve quality of life! Her clients range from severely injured to high functioning and everything in between. They may have suffered due to motor vehicle accidents, musculoskeletal conditions, chronic conditions, pre- and post-op orthopaedic conditions, post-stroke rehab, and sports injuries, or they may be part of a healthy population. She holds certifications in: kinesio-taping, Functional Movement Systems (Level I/II), Active Isolated Stretching (AIS – Mattes Method), Functional Capacity Evaluation (Matheson System), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) Level I Exercise / (DNS) Level II Exercise, TRX – Suspension Training, and Trigger Point Performance Therapy.

Peter Kwan

Session 8: I Tested Positive for Hep B and C, Now What? (Presented in Chinese)
Dr. Peter Kwan
Associate Professor UBC
Division of Gastroenterology VGH

Dr. Peter Kwan was born in Hong Kong. He came to Canada at a young age. He graduated from medical school at the University of Western Ontario and received his post-doctoral training at the University of British Columbia and the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC and a liver specialist in the Division of Gastroenterology at the Vancouver General Hospital. Because he is one of few liver specialists who can speak Chinese, 80% of his patients are Chinese immigrants. As a result, he has a large hepatitis B practice and has worked tirelessly to promote hepatitis B awareness in the community and has been featured in the Chinese language media on many occasions. Dr. Kwan has participated in hepatitis B related research projects and is currently the primary investigator of a local hepatitis B epidemiologic study, funded by the CLF, BC/Yukon Chapter. Dr. Kwan has been a speaker at many CLF’s LIVERight Health forums over the years and has contributed to written articles for the LIVERight Gala program magazines.

Valeriya ZaborskaLIVERight Health Forum Host:
Valeriya Zaborska

Valeriya is a fourth-year medical student at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Biomedical Physiology from Simon Fraser University and has worked for the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF), BC/Yukon Region as an administrator/fundraiser until 2016. Since then, she has volunteered for CLF events such as the annual LIVERight Gala, LIVERight Health Forum, and the Stroll for Liver. She also worked as a medical office assistant in a hepatology clinic and has contributed as a research assistant on multiple liver-related studies, including treatment for HCC, liver transplants, and HCV. During COVID-19, she worked as a Health Operations Navigator for 8-1-1 and is currently completing her third and fourth year of medicine. She is interested in a future career in internal medicine.

LIVERight Health Forum Guest Host:
Karen So

Before immigrating to Canada in 1994, Karen studied journalism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before completing her bachelors’ degree at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. As a student, Karen started her career in media as a part-time reporter for a local radio station. She became fascinated by the world of television news and subsequently joined a Chinese television station. Karen joined the OMNI team in 2003, expanding her cultural knowledge and enabling her to converse with countless people from different cultural backgrounds.

Apart from covering daily news, Karen has earned two Jack Webster awards while working on a magazine-style current affairs program and mini-documentaries. She has also been the host of many Vancouver talk shows and community events.