Course Information
11th Annual UCLA Liver Diseases Symposium

The Westin Pasadena
Pasadena, California
October 14, 2017

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Course Description

This symposium will serve as an educational forum for the Southern California physician community for the scientific exchange of information regarding the diagnosis and treatment, medical and surgical, of the most prevalent liver diseases. 

Registration Information

Early enrollment is advised.


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By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

Office of Continuing Medical Education
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
11th Annual UCLA Liver Diseases Symposium
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to the Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA at (310) 794-2624

By Phone

Use your MasterCard, VISA, American Express, or Discover. Call (310) 794-2620.

Registration Fee

  • $125.00 - Physicians
  • $75.00 - Allied Health Professionals
  • $25.00 - Fellows and Residents (letter of verification from director required)


No refunds will be granted for this conference, due to the low enrollment fee. A full refund will be provided if for any reason the course must be cancelled or rescheduled.



Francisco Durazo, MD, FACP, FAASLD
Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Chief, Transplant Hepatology
Medical Director, Dumont-UCLA Liver
Transplant Center


Myron Tong, PhD, MD, FAASLD
Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Director of Clinical Hepatology
Associate Director, UCLA Liver Cancer Center
Director of Asian Liver Center

Course Faculty

Simon Beaven, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director of Research, COMET
Division of Digestive Diseases and Pfleger Liver Institute

Ronald Busuttil, MD, PhD
William P. Longmire, Jr. Chair in Surgery
Distinguished Professor and Executive Chairman
Chief, Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation
Director, Dumont-UCLA Liver Transplant and Cancer Centers

Gina Choi, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Associate Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program 
Pfleger Liver Institute

Mohamed El Kabany, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Digestive Diseases
Pfleger Liver Institute

Douglas Farmer, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director, Intestinal Transplant Program
Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant Program

Steven Han, MD, AGAF, FAASLD
Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program
Director, Hepatology Clinical Research Center

Fady Kaldas, MD, FACS
Associate Director, Multi-Organ Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship Program 
Medical Director, Liver Transplant Service 
Surgical Director, Liver Transplant ICU
Pfleger Liver Institute 
Dumont-UCLA Transplant Center 
Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation 
Department of Surgery

Stephen Kim, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Interventional Endoscopy Services
Director, Faculty Career Development in Advanced Endoscopy
Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare

Gerald S. Lipshutz, MD, MS
Professor in Residence
Department of Surgery and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
Surgical Director, Pancreas and Autoislet Transplant Programs

David Lu, MDCM
Professor of Radiology and Surgery
Director, CT and Cross Sectional Interventional Radiology
Director, Interventional Oncology

Justin McWilliams, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Interventional Radiology
Department of Radiology

Steven Raman, MD, FSAR, FSIR
Professor of Radiology, Urology and Surgery 
Division of Abdominal Imaging and Cross Sectional Interventional Radiology 
Director, Abdominal Imaging Fellowship Program

Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Head, Outcomes Research in Hepatology
Dumont-UCLA Liver Transplant Center

Program Agenda

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Morning Program
7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 Introduction
Francisco Durazo, MD
Session Chair: Myron Tong, PhD, MD
8:40 Epidemiology, Clinical Course, and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Surveillance
Myron Tong, PhD, MD
9:00 Recommendations for Antiviral Therapy in Hepatitis B
Steven Han, MD
9:20 Pregnancy, HCV/HIV Co-Infection and Treatment in Special Populations
Gina Choi, MD
9:40 Case Presentation: Myron Tong, PhD, MD
Discussants: Steve Han, MD; Gina Choi, MD; and David Lu, MD

Questions and Answers
10:10 Break and Refreshments
Session Chair: Gina Choi, MD
10:25 Clinical Complications and Future Therapies for NASH
Simon Beaven, MD, PhD
10:45 Best Options for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C
Sammy Saab, MD
11:05 Sclerosing Cholangitis: Emerging Etiologies
Francisco Durazo, MD
11:25 Case Presentation: Mohamed El Kabany, MD
Discussants: Simon Beaven, MD; Sammy Saab, MD; and Francisco Durazo, MD
12:00 Lunch
Afternoon Program
Session Chair: Justin McWilliams, MD
1:20 Radiologic Imaging of Solid and Cystic Pancreatic Lesions
David Lu, MD
1:40 Endoscopic Diagnosis of Pancreatic Lesions
Stephen Kim, MD
2:00 Ablative Therapies for Primary and Metastatic Liver Tumors
Steven Raman, MD
2:20 Questions and Answers
2:35 Break and Refreshments
Session Chair: Fady Kaldas, MD
2:50 Autoislet Transplantation to Prevent Diabetes in Chronic Pancreatitis
Gerald Lipshutz, MD
3:10 Small Bowel Transplant and Intestinal Rehabilitation for Intestinal Failure
Douglas Farmer, MD
3:30 Approaches to Complex Liver Transplantation
Ronald Busuttil, MD, PhD
4:00 Questions and Answers
4:15 Closing Remarks
Francisco Durazo, MD
4:30 Adjourn


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss the management of patients with hepatitis C
  • Explain the medical options for patients with NASH and the metabolic syndrome 
  • Review the evaluation of pancreatic lesions 
  • Implement treatment guidelines for hepatitis B 
  • Identify indications for pancreatic and small bowel transplantation 
  • Describe updates on abdominal and complex transplantation


The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.


Conference Location

The Westin Pasadena
191 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 792-2727


  • $12 Self
  • $17 Valet