UCSF briefing on liver transplantation for Asian Americans

By Vanessa deGier

Francis Yao, M.D.

## What:

The Division of Transplantation at UCSF invites the media to learn more about liver transplantation for liver cancer and acute or chronic liver failure in the Asian American population.

## Why:

Today, one in 10 Asian American has chronic hepatitis B and the risk of developing liver cancer is three to 13 times greater for Asians than Caucasians, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic hepatitis C is also now recognized as a major health issue in the Asian American community. UCSF would like to remind the public it is important for Asian Americans to be aware of the risks of these diseases, and to learn more about transplantation as a treatment option for chronic viral hepatitis and liver cancer.


## Date:

Friday, January 11, 2008, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

## Location:

UCSF Medical Center
513 Parnassus Avenue, Room N-217 (Nursing Building)
San Francisco

## Featured Speakers: 

Francis Yao, MD, professor of clinical medicine and surgery and associate medical director, UCSF Liver Transplantation Program.

John Roberts, MD, professor of surgery and chief, UCSF Division of Transplantation.

Nancy Ascher, MD, PhD, professor of surgery and chair, UCSF Department of Surgery

## Patient Interviews:

Several liver transplant recipients from the Asian American community also will attend and will share their personal stories and transplant experience. Lunch will be provided.

Media interested in attending or arranging interviews should contact Vanessa deGier at (415) 476-2557.