Highlights from the NOhep Medical Visionaries Meeting at The Liver Meeting 2019

Watch a recording of the NOhep Medical Visionaries meeting held in Boston during AASLD’s The Liver Meeting 2019.

Su Wang, MD, MPH, FACP – Introduction of NOhep Medical Visionaries 

WHA President-elect, Su Wang is Medical Director of the Center for Asian Health at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. As a primary care physician and passionate NOhep supporter, Su introduced the event and the NOhep Visionaries programme.

Brian McMahon, MD, FAASLD – Establishing hepatitis B care clinics in Tanzania following WHO guidelines (from 2:56)

Brian McMahon MD, FAASLD is a clinical Hepatologist and the Scientific Program and Clinical Director of the Liver Disease and Hepatitis Program at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, and guest researcher at the Arctic Investigations Program of the CDC in Anchorage. His talk included a handout that you can download here.

Homie Razavi, PhD, MBA – Hepatitis elimination pilot in Uzbekistan using catalytic funding (from 11:06)

Homie Razavi is the founder and managing director at the Center for Disease Analysis Foundation (CDAF). His talk looked at a pilot project he is running in Uzbekistan, where CDAF are working with the government to pilot an innovative new model to test and treat for viral hepatitis. CDAF are testing a scalable and sustainable funding mechanism that will make hepatitis treatment affordable to all.  You can read more about the project in hepVoice here.

Alex Thompson, MBBS, PhD – Nurse-led models of care for hepatitis C in prisons – collaborating towards elimination (from 15:22)

Alex Thompson is Professor-Director, Department of Gastroenterology, St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Department of Gastroenterology, Duke University Medical Center, NC, USA. His talk looked at how a decentralised, nurse-led care approach is being used in prisons in Australia.

Cami Graham, MD, MPH – How physicians can change legislation (from 18:36)

Cami Graham MD, MPH is an infectious disease specialist in Boston, Massachusetts, Graham is the associate editor of the Viral Hepatitis Section of the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal. She has worked with the Infectious Diseases Society of America to develop a hepatitis C virus module for infectious disease certification. Her talk focuses on how medical professionals can get politcal support to change legislation.

Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD, MPH – Launching a provider advocacy network (from 23:10)

Stacey Trooskin, MD PhD, is the Director of Viral Hepatitis Programs at Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Trooskin serves at the Chief Medical Advisor to the National Viral Hepatitis Round Table (NVHR) and is a member of the AASLD/IDSA HCV Guidelines Committee. Read more about the NVHR provider advocacy network here.

Debate: A public health approach to hepatitis elimination (from 26:17)

There was a lively discussion after the talks about a public health approach to treating hepatitis, there were different opinions across the room as the Medical Visionaries shared their thoughts on how we can dismantle the barriers to elimination.