Feb. 28: Banner Liver Disease Symposium
By Dr. Ester Little
On Feb. 22, the Banner Advanced Liver Disease and Transplant program brought a group of internationally known experts in the field of liver disease and transplant to Phoenix. The 8th Annual Banner Liver Disease Symposium was held at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center and had more than 100 attendees with 13 exhibit tables from the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Organized by our physicians, the speakers came from different parts of the country. Dr. Eugene Schiff from University of Miami, Dr. Scott Fried from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Dr. Tram Tran from Cedars Sinai in LA spoke about viral hepatitis treatment, emphasizing the new medications recently approved by the FDA to treat HCV. That session was followed by talks on primary sclerosing cholangitis and controversies on liver transplantation given by Dr. Jeffrey Crippin from Washington University in St Louis and Dr. Nancy Asher from the University of California in San Francisco.
In the afternoon there was a discussion on complications of cirrhosis, the speakers included some of our doctors (Ester Little and Anil Seetharam from the liver disease and transplant team and David Wood from the Interventional Radiology Department; as well as Jeffrey Kahn from University of Southern California).
The symposium highlighted Banner Health's commitment to facilitate the dissemination of medical knowledge to the medical community in the valley and remain at the forefront of latest developments in chronic liver disease and transplantation.
For the attendees it was an opportunity to see the caliber of professionals working at the Banner Advanced Liver Disease and Liver Transplant and their commitment to the delivery of excellent care to the patients in the valley and the neighboring states.