Liver disease patients, advocates and government leaders in health joined together before the Liver Meeting 2013 for the 1st International Rally for Liver Disease Awareness, in Washington.
Dr. T. Jake Liang, chief of the Liver Disease Branch at the National Institutes of Health, discussed the important role physicians play in liver disease education and screening. Dr. Melanie B. Thomas, clinical oncologist and founder of the CanLiv foundation, spoke about the importance of interdiscplinary care for patients with liver disease. During the rally, Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, outlined 10 areas in which the government has stepped up efforts to support education, outreach, and research about liver disease.
The Liver Meeting 2013 is the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.