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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 full Professor of Medicine at UBC.  He is currently the President of the Medical Staff Association of 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 over 320 papers in peer-review 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 (previous 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 CLF’s National MAC.  He has given lectures at the CLF’s LIVERight Health Forums and other public liver disease forums since 2002; as well as 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

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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 that can say that both his mother and father has 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. Watch Richard tells the full story at the 2020 LIVERight Health Forum Sessions.

Trana Hussaini

Session 4: Medication and Your Liver
Dr. Trana Hussaini
Medication And your Liver Pharmacotherapeutic 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-review 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 single handily increased the awareness of the importance of liver disease in pharmacy. Her efforts have been recognized as 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 clinical 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, has published extensively in peer-review journals and presented at international congresses, and 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 transplant. 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; 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: MVA claims, musculoskeletal conditions, chronic conditions, pre- and post-op orthopaedic conditions, post-stroke rehab, sports injuries and healthy populations. 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 7: 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 the medical school in the University of Western Ontario and received his post doctoral training in the University of British Columbia, Canada and the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at University of British Columbia and a liver specialist in the Division of Gastroenterology at the Vancouver General Hospital. Since he is one of the 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.