General Hepatology Update
Recorded On: 11/11/2018
This activity will provide updates and practical guidance for care providers dealing with 3 common and or difficult to manage conditions. The knowledge will improve practitioner's performance as care providers and will improve patient outcomes.
Cynthia Levy, MD, FAASLD is currently a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hepatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Levy received her MD from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at University of Miami, a Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, and a Transplant Hepatology Fellowship at University of Florida, Gainesville, having received an AASLD Fellowship Award. Dr. Levy is a member of the AASLD Practice Guidelines Committee and of the ABIM Test and Policy Committee on Transplant Hepatology. At the University of Miami, Dr. Levy is the program director for the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship program and Associate Director for the Schiff Center for Liver Diseases, where she conducts several industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated studies for cholestatic and autoimmune liver diseases.
Mina Rakoski is a Transplant Hepatologist at Loma Linda University Health. She completed her medical education at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and her Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology Fellowships at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During her time at University of Michigan, she attained her Master of Science in Health and Health Care Research through the Rackham Graduate School.
Dr. Rakoski has a clinical and research interest in palliative care for patients with cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. She has a dual appointment in both Gastroenterology as well as Palliative Care at Loma Linda. She has started a hepatology palliative care clinic where she is able to provide integrated hepatology and palliative care services including in-office therapeutic paracentesis for patients with advanced liver disease. She is a co-investigator on a multicenter study funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which is investigating a novel approach of integrating palliative care into subspecialty clinics. She has written several review articles on palliative care in liver disease as well as presented on this topic at national conferences.