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FOX News (Reno, NV)

ALF National Patient Advisory Committee (NPAC) member Robin Ellis appeared on Reno, Nevada's FOX News affiliate during Hepatitis Awareness Month to talk about his experiences living with hepatitis C and his advocacy activities to support increased funding for research. The segment aired on May 20, 2015. Robin will also appear on the local ABC TV station on May 27, 2015.


WBLS Radio

NPAC member Michelle Carver will appear on New York City's premier radio station WBLS discussing hepatitis C as part of communications and advocacy activities around Hepatitis Awareness Month. The segment will air on May 27, 2015.


Cleveland Plain Dealer

An op-ed written by Navin Vij, MD, a member of the ALF NPAC, will run in the Cleveland Plain Dealer later this month.


Helio

ALF’s Chief Executive Officer and National Board Chair Tom Nealon was cited in an article about a new fund to help people living with hepatitis C pay for medications. The article was posted on May 22, 2015.


Healthline

Mauricio Lisker-Melman, MD, director of the hepatology program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and member of the American Liver Foundation’s National Medical Advisory Committee, was cited in a May 14, 2015, article about whether it is safe to drink alcohol after being cured of hepatitis C.


CBS News 5 Arkansas

Flavors of Memphis honoree Carlette Mertes-Metcalf, member of ALF's national patient advisory committee, discussed new hepatitis C treatments in a segment that aired on April 29, 2015.


Memphis Business Journal

Deri Whittaker, executive director of ALF's Mid South Memphis Division, commented on the Flavors of Memphis 2015 event. The article was published April 23, 2015.


WMC-TV (NBC) News 5 Memphis

This news station aired a photo gallery of the 2015 Flavors of Memphis event.


FOX News 26 Houston

Carmen Herrera, events manager of ALF's Desert Southwest Division, and Michael Adams, a member of the ALF national patient advisory committee, discussed non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Carmen also previewed the 2015 Liver Life Walk Houston. The segment aired April 20, 2015.


News Channel 5 Network Nashville

AJ Miller, executive director of ALF's Mid South Division - Nashville, commented on liver disease and the importance of the Flavors galas. The piece aired April 19, 2015.


ABC News 6 Philadelphia

Ivory Allison, executive director of ALF's Mid-Atlantic Division, and Chef Anthony Maspollo, manager and partner of Le Castagne Restaurant, discussed the Flavors of Philadelphia 2015 event. The segment aired April 16, 2015.


Philly.com

The American Liver Foundation's Flavors of Philadelphia was included in Philly.com's Top 5 Food Events round-up. The article ran on April 13, 2015.


Phoenix Magazine Online

The American Liver Foundation's Liver Life Walk Phoenix was included in Phoenix Magazine's "Weekly Top 10" events in Phoenix. The article was posted April 13, 2015.


The New Haven Register

Stephen Fries of the New Haven Register recapped the Flavors of Connecticut 2015 event. The article ran on April 8, 2015.


Everyday Health

Three members of the American Liver Foundation National Patient Advisory Committee are featured in a special hepatitis C video series produced by Everyday Health. Each share messages of health and hope of living with and being cured of hepatitis C.


The Washington Post

ALF was cited in a heartwarming article about a liver transplant on March 30,2015.


NBC Minneapolis, KARE-TV

Dee Girard, executive director of the American Liver Foundation's Upper Midwest Division, was featured on a KARE-TV segment on March 20, 2015. She discussed the importance of the American Liver Foundation's special fundraising efforts, such as Flavors, to help people living with liver disease. Aaron Hagerdorn, host chef of ALF’s Flavors Twin Cities, was also featured.


5280: The Denver Magazine Online

Reporter Kiran Herbert included the American Liver Foundation as a "top charitable pick” for March 30-April 5, 2015 citing its premier Flavors of Denver event.


ABC Hartford, WTNH-TV

ALF Connecticut Division Medical Advisory Committee members David Mulligan, MD, and AnnMarie Liapakis, MD, discussed the liver transplant process, the difference a liver transplant can make and the difficulty of qualifying for one. The segment, which aired on March 30, 2015, also mentioned the upcoming Flavors of Connecticut event. Dr. Mulligan is a professor of surgery (transplant) and section chief, Transplantation Surgery and Immunology at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Liapakis is an assistant professor of medicine (digestive diseases) and surgery (transplant) at Yale School of Medicine.


CTNow.com

A photo gallery of the American Liver Foundation Connecticut Division's was posted on April 1, 2015.


CBS Hartford, WFSB-TV

WFSB-TV meteorologist Mark Dixon and traffic and health reporter Nicole Nalepa co-hosted the Flavors of Connecticut event on March, 31, 2015, and featured a segment about it on the next day’s morning’s news program.


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FOX Denver, KDVR-TV

American Liver Foundation Medical Advisory Committee Member Greg Everson, MD, discussed the importance of organ donations. His remarks coincided with the Rocky Mountain Division’s Flavors of Denver event held on April 2, 2015. Dr. Everson is a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and director of the section of hepatology.


Hartford Courant

Reporter MaryEllen Fillo published a post-event recap of Flavors of Connecticut on April 1, 2015. The article discussed the culinary concept behind Flavors, an overview of the participating restaurants and a few quotes from prominent chefs. American Liver Foundation Chief Operating Officer Lynn Seim was also quoted.


The Washington Post

National Medical Advisory Committee members Rohit Satoskar, MD and Rohit Loomba, MD, were featured in the March 2, 2015, issue of The Washington Post discussing the incidence and causes of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. An ALF patient advocate was also featured and the article linked to the ALF website. Dr. Satoskar is assistant professor of surgery and medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center Transplant Institute. Dr. Loomba is
 associate professor of clinical medicine and associate director of clinical research at the University of California at San Diego. The article also ran in The Chicago Daily Herald on March 13, 2015.


Reuters

The American Liver Foundation was cited in a March 15, 2015, article about fatty liver disease and the need for more diagnostic technologies to detect the disease early.


MyFox Houston, KRIV-TV

Daniel Leung, MD, president of the Houston American Liver Foundation board of directors, was again featured in a six-part "Ask the Doctor" series covering liver health that began airing in January. February segments included a discussion about overall liver health and wellness, including binge drinking and the safe use of over-the-counter medications. The segments aired on January 15, 2015 and February 16, 2015. Dr. Leung is assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Viral Hepatitis Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mauricio Lisker-Melman, MD, a member of the American Liver Foundation's national medical advisory committee, was featured in an article discussing the effects obesity has on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The article ran in the February 26, 2015, issue. Dr. Lisker-Melman is professor of medicine and director of the hepatology program at Washington University School of Medicine.


KUSI-TV, San Diego

ALF Pacific Coast Division Executive Director Michele DeMotto appeared in a news segment March 13, 2015, about an upcoming Flavors of Coronado event. Proceeds from Flavors support the American Liver Foundation’s Pacific Coast Division programs. News about Flavors of Coronado was also featured in the San Diego Daily Transcript.


MyFox Houston, KRIV-TV

Daniel Leung, MD, president of the Houston American Liver Foundation board of directors, was featured on a six-part "Ask the Doctor" series covering liver health and wellness topics on January 18, 2015.


The Vietnamese Times/CPR-TV, Chicago

Donald Jensen, MD, president of the American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division's medical advisory committee, was featured in an interview discussing five tips for a healthy liver. The segment aired on January 25, 2015.


106.7, Lite FM (New York)

NMAC Member Douglas Dieterich, professor of medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, was featured in a segment about hepatitis C that aired on December 14, 2014.


KGUN9-TV, Tucson (ABC)

Thomas Boyer, MD, a member of the American Liver Foundation’s Desert Southwest medical advisory committee and director at the Liver Research Institute of Arizona, was featured in a story highlighting the Second Annual Liver Life Walk in Tucson on December 11, 2014.


WISN-TV and WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee

The American Liver Foundation garnered strong media attention for ALF’s Upper Midwest Division’s Skate for Liver Health event with former Olympian Bonnie Blair. Television coverage that aired on November 27, 2014 featured interviews with the decorated athlete and highlighted the importance of meeting the liver health needs of communities throughout Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.


San Antonio Express

National Medical Advisory Committee Member F. Blaine Hollinger, MD, was featured in the November 21, 2014 issue about the connection between obesity and liver disease. Dr. Hollinger is a professor of medicine, molecular virology and epidemiology and director of the Eugene B. Casey Hepatitis Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.


Tampa Bay Times

ALF Connecticut Division Vice Chairman Renuka Umashanker, MD, was featured in an article about the role bariatric surgery may play in helping to treat liver disease published November 20, 2014. Dr. Umashanker practices at the Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut and is affiliated with Yale New Haven Hospital/Saint Raphael Campus, Milford Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital.


Radio Media Tour

Last month, Ghassan Abou-Alfa, MD, medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, chair of the Hepatobiliary Task Force of the National Cancer Institute and a member of the American Liver Foundation’s national medical advisory committee and Tom Nealon, ALF's National Board Chair, participated in a radio media tour, which featured interviews with approximately 15 radio stations across the country. The segments had a collective reach of more than 1.5 million people.


Tampa Bay Times

Vice Chairman of ALF’s Connecticut Division Medical Advisory Committee and Board Member Renu Umashanker, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, was featured in a November 29, 2014, article about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and gastric bypass surgery as a method of treatment. The story was also picked up by NewsOk.com.


San Antonio Express News

National Medical Advisory Committee member F. Blaine Hollinger, MD, professor of molecular virology and epidemiology at the Baylor College of Medicine, was featured in an article about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The article ran in the November 21, 2014, issue.


Reuters

National Medical Advisory Committee member Mauricio Lisker-Melman, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Hepatology Program at Washington University School of Medicine, was featured in a November 9, 2014, article about drug development for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The wire story also ran in The Nation, Fierce Biotech and Medscape.


WABC-TV (New York City)

A segment about Tara Barlow, a physician assistant at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital who was running the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon in honor of a pediatric liver transplant patient, aired on October 24, 2014. Her run raised funds for the ALF Greater New York Division.


KFSM-TV- 5News (CBS affiliate in Fayetteville, AK)

Carlette Metcalf, a member of ALF’s newly formed National Patient Advisory Committee, was featured in a segment about hepatitis C on October 31, 2014. She discussed her experiences living with and being cured of the disease.


Investor’s Business Daily

ALF National Patient Advisory Committee member Charlotte Stewart discussed her experiences living with hepatitis C in an article about the FDA approval of the new drug Harvoni. The article was featured in the October 22, 2014, issue.


The Akron Beacon-Journal

ALF’s "Five Ways You Can Take Care of Your Liver" was featured in the newspaper’s October 12, 2014, issue.


Golden Gate Xpress

LiveR Life Champion Jennifer Slepin and National Director of Special Events Kelly Smith were featured in an article following the September 20, 2014, Liver Life Walk San Francisco, which was hosted by ALF’s Northern California Division. Slepin talked about living with hepatitis C and ALF efforts to help others living with the virus.


Medical Daily

National Medical Advisory Committee member, Talal Adhami, MD, commented on the importance of liver screenings in the October 31, 2014, issue. Dr. Adhami, who is a liver specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, also advised readers about the steps they can take to protect their livers.


Newsday

Long Island Exchange

Crain's Health Exchange

The promotion of ALF executive vice president and chief operating officer Lynn Gardiner Seim was featured in the three publications above.


New Hampshire Register

The American Liver Foundation was cited in an article about the United Network for Organ Sharing’s (UNOS) hearing about liver organ distribution in the September 21, 2014 issue. Read more about the UNOS hearing in our "Happenings" feature.


Newschannel 5 (CBS) Nashville

Nashville Liver Life Walk Champion 17-month-old Ryman Little was featured in a segment promoting the American Liver Foundation on September 23, 2014. Ryman received two liver transplants and is now thriving.


KXLN-TV/Univision Houston

Chef Donny Navarrete offered a cooking demonstration on morning news program Viva la Mañana where he promoted the upcoming Flavors of Houston event and offered tips to help prevent fatty liver disease.


LongIsland.Com

Honorees of ALF’s Greater New York Division’s 14th Annual Honors Gala were featured in an article on the LongIsland.com website on October 1, 2014. Read more about the Greater New York Division’s 14th Annual Honors Gala in our "Happenings" feature.


NBC 10 Philadelphia

NBC10 aired a segment about the Philadelphia Liver Life Walk on September 27, 2014.


WFSB-TV, (NBC) Hartford

Participants and the ALF Connecticut Division’s Board President Robert Leventhal, MD, were featured in a September 28, 2014 story promoting the Hartford Liver Life Walk.


WCVB-TV (ABC) Boston

ALF’s New England Division’s Flavors of Boston was featured in two segments on September 13, 2014.


WNTW-TV (ABC) Portland, ME

Medical advisory committee member, Alan Kilby, MD, was interviewed in a segment about fatty liver disease.


The New York Times

National Medical Advisory Committee member, Rohit Loomba, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine and associate director of clinical research in the Division of Gastroenterology, discussed fatty liver disease in an article published on June 14th.


My FOX Dallas

The ALF Flavors of Dallas event, as well as the growing public health challenges of fatty liver disease, was profiled on My Fox Dallas morning program on June 21st.


San Diego 6

ALF Pacific Coast Division Executive Director Michele DeMotto and NMAC member Tarek Hassanien, MD, appeared on the station’s morning news program on June 7th to discuss liver disease and the Division’s upcoming Liver Life Walk.


FOX 5 San Diego

ALF Pacific Coast Division Executive Director Michelle DeMotto discussed biliary atresia and the Division’s upcoming Liver Life Walk on June 7th. Two children with biliary atresia, who are the Walk’s Liver Life Champions, and their parents also appeared. Fox 5 also covered the Liver Life Walk live on June 28th.


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

National Board Chair Tom Nealon was featured in an article about fatty liver disease that appeared in the June 23rd edition.


The Huffington Post

National Medical Advisory Committee Member Tamar Taddei, MD, associate professor of medicine in the section of Digestive Diseases at Yale University School of Medicine, was featured in an article about fatty liver disease, which was posted on June 24th. Dr. Taddei was also cited on Healthline about a new study suggesting that hepatitis C could become a rare disease in the next two decades. The article was posted on August 4th.


The Chicago Tribune

New ALF Great Lakes Division President, Donald Jensen, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Liver Diseases at the University of Chicago Medical Center, was featured in the June 24th edition. News of Dr. Jensen’s appointment was also featured in Crain’s Chicago Business and Chicago Business Journal.


The Denver Post

ALF Rocky Mountain Division’s patient advocates James and Kaleb McGuffey’s climb up Mount Rainier was covered in the June 27th edition.


The Houston Chronicle

F. Blaine Hollinger, MD, an ALF national medical advisory committee member, discussed hepatitis C treatment in the June 27th issue. Dr. Hollinger is a professor of molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine.


The Daily News

Douglas Dieterich, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Liver Diseases at Mount Sinai Medical Center, was profiled in an article about testing and treating hepatitis C. The article appeared in the July 13th issue. Dr. Dieterich is also a member of ALF’s national medical advisory committee.


Staten Island Live

Randa Adib, ALF’s director of development, was quoted in an article about ALF patient advocate Matthew Rosiello, who received a liver transplant and who was participating in the ALF Greater New York Division’s Liver Life Walk. The article ran on July 17th.


The Newark Star-Ledger

Lisa Gallipoli, executive director of ALF’s Greater New York Division, was quoted in an article about liver transplants in the July 24th issue.


The Villager

In the July 24th issue, Paul Bolter, community outreach and education manager for ALF’s Greater New York Division, was quoted about his participation in Hepatitis B Awareness Week, which included gathering on the steps of New York’s City Hall to call attention to this often overlooked disease.


Al Jazeera

Hillel Tobias, MD, PhD, co-chair of ALF’s national medical advisory committee and a member of the national board of directors, was cited in a segment about the costs-benefits of the new hepatitis C treatments. The program aired on July 29th. Dr. Tobias is a clinical professor in the Department of Gastroenterology at NYU Langone Medical Center.


KDVR, FOX 31

A segment about the ALF Rocky Mountain Division’s Liver Life Walk aired on July 31st.


The Rocky Mountain Division's recent Flavors of Denver event received extensive media coverage in the following publications:

The Denver Post

Feature story citing Executive Director Joseph McCormack as well as patient advocates James and Carleen McGuffey, appeared in the May 21, 2014 issue. to see pictures from the event, click here. To read more about the McGuffeys, clickhere.

The Denver Westword- Weekly newspaper featured a photo gallery of the event.


PBS Nightly Business Report

Hillel Tobias, MD, PhD, co-chair of ALF’s national medical advisory committee and a member of the national board of directors, was cited in a segment about the costs-benefits of the new hepatitis C treatment, Sovaldi. The program aired on May 22, 2014. Dr. Tobias is a clinical professor in the Department of Gastroenterology at NYU Langone Medical Center.


Everydayhealth.com

National Medical Advisory Committee Member, Andrew Muir, MD, MHS, an associate professor of medicine and clinical director of hepatology at Duke University Medical Center, discussed how hepatitis C is often symptomless. American Liver Foundation patient advocate Charlotte Stewart shared her experiences of living with a hepatitis C diagnosis.


American Journal of Managed Care

ALF National Board Chair Tom Nealon was quoted in an article about the new medications for hepatitis C and those coming to market.


Healthcentral.com

Dr. Hugo Vargas, member of ALF’s national medical advisory committee and chair of the Division of Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic (Phoenix), was prominently featured in an article about hepatitis C research.


Korean News

Paul Bolter, ALF’s Greater York Division’s community outreach and education manager, was featured in coverage of the May 15, 2014, viral hepatitis awareness press conference held on the steps of City Hall. Bolter spoke about living with hepatitis C.


WBZ-TV

Tom Nealon, chairman of the ALF board and marathon runner, was featured on Boston’s local CBS affiliate on April 8th about runners who did not finish last year’s Boston Marathon and their plans for completing the 2014 race.


New Haven Register

An article and corresponding video about the Connecticut division’s Flavors event was featured in the April 8th edition. It mentions how the event supports the American Liver Foundation. The division also produced a special video about its mission that aired at the event. Click here to watch it.


International Business Times

Hillel Tobias, MD, PhD, co-chair of ALF’s national medical advisory committee and a member of the national board of directors, along with ALF patient advocate Paul Bolter, was cited in the April 11th issue. The article focused on the success of Sovaldi treatment for hepatitis C.


FOX TV Nashville

ALF's Mid-South division executive director, AJ Miller, appeared on a segment to discuss the work of the American Liver Foundation Click here to watch it. In another segment, the mother of a baby with liver disease was featured. Click here to watch. The program highlighted the upcoming Flavors event.


Arizona Republic and Northeast Phoenix Republic

These two newspapers ran articles about the Phoenix Liver Life Walk and the event’s fundraising goals.


ABC15 PHOENIX

The Desert Southwest Division’s Phoenix Liver Life Walk was profiled on a broadcast segment that aired on April 12th. The program featured interviews with the division’s Liver Life Champion and Hamilton Baiden, president of the Desert Southwest Division’s board and a member of its national board of directors.


WGN-TV

Great Lakes Division board member Debbie Panarese appeared on the station’s “Living Healthy Chicago” program on April 13th. She talked about living with hepatitis C and her work with the American Liver Foundation. The segment appeared on the station’s website www.livinghealthytv.com. Additionally, the piece re-aired on Chicago Land TV (CLTV).


WorldRunning.com

Tom Nealon, was also the subject of a profile in the April 28th issue of WorldRunning.com. The article describes his devotion to a young boy with biliary atresia and how that inspired him to raise nearly $1.5 million for the American Liver Foundation.


NPR Morning Edition

Dr. Hugo Vargas, member of ALF’s national medical advisory committee and chair of the Division of Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic (Phoenix), discussed the new era in hepatitis C treatments on the May 12th program. NPR’s Morning Edition is the most listened-to news radio program in the country.


San Francisco Chronicle

The American Liver Foundation was cited in a recent article about hepatitis C and a new Senate bill.


CNN.com

Dr. Jorge Rakela, associate director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix and member of the American Liver Foundation’s Desert Southwest medical advisory committee, discussed 3D printing of livers and other human organs.


NPR

ALF national medical advisory committee member, Dr. Hugo Vargas, chair of the Division of Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was interviewed for NPR’s Morning Edition program about the cost of new hepatitis C medications and patient access. Air date to be determined.


WFSB-TV

Flavors of Connecticut was featured in a segment that aired on the station’s Better Connecticut TV segment.

Phil Scarfo, ALF’s national director of education and training and a transplant recipient, was recently featured in a profile about people living with liver disease.


Qualityhealth.com

Dr. Clark Kulig, member of ALF’s Rocky Mountain medical advisory committee, discussed the results of a study showing that giving up alcohol for one month had health benefits for the liver. The article will run in the next few weeks.


The New York Times- 2/24/14

Hillel Tobias, MD, PhD, co-chair of ALF’s national medical advisory committee and a member of the national board of directors, discussed the progress in hepatitis treatment in the February 24, 2014 edition of The New York Times, Personal Health column of the Science Times section. The article also profiled his patient, who is responding dramatically to new treatments, as well as another ALF patient advocate who shared his experiences. Dr. Tobias is a clinical professor in the Department of Gastroenterology at NYU Langone Medical Center.


Huffington Post Canada- 2/18/24

Nancy Reau, MD, co-chair of ALF’s national medical advisory committee and a member of the national board of directors, offered New Year’s tips on how to keep your liver healthy. Dr. Reau is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago.


FoxNews Online- 2/16/14

Nikolaos Pyrsopolous, MD, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology and medical director of liver transplantation at Rutgers University, dispelled the myths and provided the facts about the public’s risk for liver disease, including viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. The segment airs on foxnews.com. Dr. Pyrsopolous is a member of ALF’s Greater New York Division medical advisory committee.


EverydayHealth.com- 02/14

Tom Nealon, ALF’s national board chair, was profiled about his work at the American Liver Foundation and promising new treatments for hep C patients.


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