This article is part of Renowned Specialists to Lead Liver Disease Programs, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery Year in Review, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery 2017 Year in Review.
People of Asian descent are at increased risk for liver diseases and have higher death rates from these conditions than any other racial group. This is why the Asian Liver Health Program (ALHP) is dedicated to providing outreach in the communities where it’s needed most. Under the leadership of James S. Park, MD, the ALHP team offers specialized care throughout the year and periodic free educational seminars and free hepatitis screenings.
In 2017, 112 individuals received hepatitis screening through the program. “We believe it’s essential to provide this outreach to the Asian American communities that are at increased risk for liver disease. With appropriate education and screening, conditions such as hepatitis B and C can be detected and treated early, before advanced liver disease develops,” says Dr. Park.