Our History


Founders Circle

These donors provided early funding for the creation of the Northeast Ohio Liver Alliance.

Platinum Level

William Carey, MD
Mousab Tabbaa, MD

Silver Level

S. Martin Cohen, MD
Pierre Gholam, MD

Bronze Level

Joseph Audino
Rinjal Brahmbhatt, MD
Kenneth David Chavin, MD, PhD

Friends Level

Michael Gaydos
Michael Hensley
Mary Penko
Scott Suckow
Laura Tabbaa
Elaine Turley
Michael Yee

Northeast Ohio Liver Alliance builds on a foundation of excellence in liver disease that began in Cleveland in 1954 with the arrival of George J Gabuzda at the Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital (now named Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center). He was the first of many from Cleveland who rose to become President of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease. Cleveland-based academic and clinical liver expertise expanded to The Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals of Cleveland in the mid-1970s.

The era of local multi-institution collaboration to foster excellence in liver care began when liver specialists from MetroHealth, the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital of Cleveland, along with gastroenterologists from private practice banded together in the late 1970s to create both professional and lay-education about liver disease and its management. Over two generations, educational sessions, social events and fund-raising have been regular features of this collaboration.

The rapid development of specific interventions to prevent and treat liver diseases sustains the need for education. Continued rapidly emerging knowledge born of local, regional, national, and international research together with a changing landscape of liver disease now makes it imperative that collaborative avenues be enhanced to disseminate these findings.

Northeast Ohio Liver Alliance brings under one umbrella an organization to expand and improve locally-sourced programs that will provide education of those who serve, and most of all, advocacy for those affected by liver disease. We are confident that all stakeholders will find benefit from our programs. We invite you to join us.

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