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Local Resources

We have a location near you where you can find support. Please note that the support groups listed below are community-based support groups and are not American Liver Foundation support groups.


Birmingham, Alabama

UAB Liver Center

Kirklin ClinicDirections
2000 6th Avenue South
4th Floor Conference Room
Birmingham, AL 35233

Meets: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Make plans to attend the

“Liver Disease Support Group Meeting”

Parking available in the Kirklin Clinic Patient Deck

For more information call 205-975-5676 or email LiverCenter@uab.edu

Phone: 205-975-5676


Bradenton, Florida

Tampa Bay Hepatitis & Liver Disease Support Group

Manatee Memorial HospitalDirections
220 90th Avenue North East
Bradenton, FL

Meets: First Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm

Contact Debbie Barnes for more information.

Phone: 941-776-8135
Email: dvrbarnes@msn.com


Safety Harbor, Florida

Tampa Bay Hepatitis & Liver Disease Support Group

Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rms 1,2,&3Directions
3231 McMullen Booth Road
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Meets: 4th Thursday of every month from 7-9pm

Contact Cindy Runyon for more information.

Phone: 727-535-1498
Email: runyonc2001@yahoo.com


St. Petersburg, Florida

Tampa Bay Hepatitis & Liver Disease Support Group

Edward White Hospital – AuditoriumDirections
2299 9th Ave. N
Suite 1-G
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Meets: 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7-9pm

Contact Don Vauiso for more information.

Phone: 727-577-0836 (727-393-8039)
Email: leejay.lee@verizon.net


Tallahassee, Florida

Hepatitis and Liver Transplant Support Group

TMH Diabetes ClinicDirections
1981 Capital Circle Northeast
Tallahassee, FL

Meets: 7 pm – 9 pm, First Monday of the every month (including holidays)

Contact Pam Langford for more information.

Phone: 850-443-8029
Web: www.HEALSoftheSouth.org
Email: figment@netally.com


Tampa, Florida

Liver Transplant Support Group

Tampa General Medical Group Transplant Specialty ServicesDirections
409 Bayshore Boulevard
4th Floor
Tampa, FL 33606

Meets: 1st and 3rd Friday of the month (see below for times and agenda)

This support group meets from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on the first Friday of the month and 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on the 3rd Friday with a guest speaker scheduled from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on the 3rd Friday of the month.


Our mission is to provide compassionate emotional support to pre and post liver transplant patients, caregivers, family and loved ones through their journey of liver transplantation. For more information, contact Marsha Levine 813-210-1333 or Evie Agustin Colon Legon* at 813-348-9726. *Se Habla Español.

Contact Marsha Levine or Evie Agustin Colon Legon (Se Habla Espanol) for more information.

Phone: 813-210-1333 (813-348-9726)
Web: https://www.tgmg.org/specialties-services/liver-2/


Tampa, Florida

Transplant Caregivers Support Group

Tampa General HospitalDirections
1 Tampa General Circle
B104 in the cafeteria
Tampa, FL 33606

Meets: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of every month

We believe caregivers affected by transplantation should have the opportunity to understand the journey ahead and how to best prepare for the journey. For more information, contact Stanley Genstein 813-260-3723 or Pattie Jones 661-406-3494 or Evie Agustin Colon Legon* 813-348-9726. *Se Habla Español.

Contact Stanley Genstein, Pattie Jones and Evie Agustin Colon Legon (SE Habla Espanol) for more information.

Phone: 813-260-3723 (661-406-3494)
Web: https://www.tgh.org/
Email: sgenstein@tampabay.rr.com


Atlanta, Georgia

Grady Hospital Support Group

Emory University Faculty Office BuildingDirections
School of Medicine, Room 108
49 Butler Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Meets: 1st Wednesday of each month 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Phone: (404) 703-4884


Atlanta, Georgia

Hepatitis Focus/Support Group DeKalb County

Absolute CareDirections
2484 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30020

Meets: 1st & 3rd Wed of each month 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Contact Salah Salin for more information.

Email: sista_lah@yahoo.com


Atlanta, Georgia

Pediatric Parent Support Group at CHOA

Egleston

Meets: 2nd & 4th Wednesday each month 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Separate supervised activities provided simultaneously for pediatric patients.

Contact Lauren Sanders for more information.

Phone: (404) 315-3733
Email: lormengel@aol.com


Atlanta, Georgia

Piedmont Hospital Liver Support Group – Mason Transplant Clinic

Transplant Unit Conference RoomDirections
6th Floor
1968 Peachtree Road, N.W
Atlanta, GA 30309

Meets: Every other Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Hepatitis C patients, pre and post liver transplant patients.

Contact Airetta Maney for more information.

Phone: 404-605-2374


Augusta, Georgia

Augusta Hepatitis Support Group

VA HospitalDirections
950 15th Street, 4D Conf. Room
Specialty Care #25
Augusta, GA 30901

Meets: 4th Monday of each month 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Contact Angela Hardy, RN, MSN for more information.

Phone: 706-733-0188 x3844


Savannah, Georgia

Emory Transplant Support Group

St. Joseph’s/ CandlerDirections
5353 Reynolds Street
Professional Office Bldg, Suite 212
Savannah, GA 31405

Meets: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Contact Karen Traver, R.N. for more information.

Phone: 912-819-8350


Savannah, Georgia

Piedmont Hospital Outreach Transplant Clinic

Memorial HospitalDirections
Hoskins Center, Classroom 2
4700 Waters Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404

Meets: First Tuesday of each month

Contact Jan Lorentz, RN for more information.

Phone: 912-350-9905


Tucker, Georgia

Tucker/Gwinnett Support Group

First United Methodist Church of Tucker, Room 203Directions
5095 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084

Meets: 1st Thursday of each month 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Email: arwithers@worldnet.att.net


Asheboro, North Carolina

Hepatitis Support Group

Randolph Hospital- Patient Welcome CenterDirections
364 White Oak Street
Asheboro, NC 27203

Meets: Meets 1st Friday at 7 p.m.

Contact Fred DeFriess for more information.

Phone: 336-633-8707


Charlotte, North Carolina

Central Carolina Liver Association

Carolina Medical CenterDirections
1000 Blythe Ave
Charlotte, NC 28227

Meets: Meets 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Contact Mary Szpara for more information.

Phone: 704-888-0592
Web: www.carolinaliver.org
Email: mmszpara@bellsouth.net


Durham, North Carolina

Hep C…

Freeman Center for Jewish LifeDirections
Duke University campus
Durham, NC

Meets: Meets 2nd Tuesday, 7 – 9 p.m.

Contact Pat Bixby for more information.

Phone: 919-681-6819
Email: bixby001@mc.duke.edu


Durham, North Carolina

Hep C Support Group

VA Medical CenterDirections
508 Fulton Street
9th Floor
Durham, NC 27705

Meets: Weekly each Wednesday, 1 – 2 p.m.

Support group for veterans

Contact Tim Virgilio for more information.


Fayetteville, North Carolina

Hep C & Chronic Liver Disease Support Group

Directions
101 Robeson Street
Suite 102
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Meets: 3rd Weds

The group meets 3rd Wednesday of the months January, March, May, July, September and November

Contact Billie Kennedy for more information.

Phone: 910-864-7828


Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia Transplant Foundation

Directions
3125 Presidential Pkwy
Suite 230
Atlanta, GA 30340

The Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) is unique in the national transplant community. Founded in August 1992 by Tommy Smith, a kidney transplant recipient, GTF is focused on providing both financial and educational assistance during a time that is often overwhelming for those undergoing or waiting for a transplant. Today, Georgia Transplant Foundation is the primary source for transplant patient assistance and support for all solid organ transplantation in the entire state of Georgia.

Phone: 770-457-3769
Web: www.gatransplant.org/


Tampa, Florida

LifeLink Foundation

LifeLink HealthCare Institute

Directions
409 Bayshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606

Phone: 813-253-2640 (800-262-5775)
Web: www.lifelinkfound.org

LifeLink Foundation is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to the recovery of an increasing number of high quality organs and tissue for transplantation therapy. The Foundation attempts to work in a sensitive, diligent, and compassionate manner with donor families to facilitate the donation of desperately needed organs and tissues for waiting patients.


Find a Clinical Trial anywhere…

Participating in a clinical trial is a great way to contribute to curing, preventing and treating liver disease and its complications. Start your search here to find clinical trials that need people like you.


Weston, Florida

To evaluate the safety and tolerability of GS-4997 in combination with prednisolone versus prednisolone alone in subjects with severe AH

Cleveland Clinic Florida

Clinical diagnosis of severe AH based on all of the following:
Inclusion:
* History of excessive alcohol consumption during the past 3 months
* Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) ≥ 50 U/L
*Onset of jaundice within the past 3 months
*Maddrey’s DF ≥ 32 <60 at Screening, based on local laboratory results
Exclusion:
*HIV Ab positive
*Positive urine screen for amphetamines, cocaine or opiates (ie, heroin, morphine) at
Screening
*Cessation of alcohol consumption for more than 2 months.

Contact Xaralambos Zervos, DO for more information.

Phone: 954-659-5133 (954-659-5888)
Web: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/study/NCT02854631?term=alcoholic+hepatitis&rank=34&show_locs=Y


Find a Clinical Trial anywhere…

Participating in a clinical trial is a great way to contribute to curing, preventing and treating liver disease and its complications. Start your search here to find clinical trials that need people like you.


Atlanta, Georgia

Alpha Therapy in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C

If you have a diagnosis of Hepatitis C, you may be eligible to participate in this study.

You Must:

  • Be betweem 25-65 years of age.
  • Have a diagnosis of Hepatitis C.

If you are eligible to participate, you will have:

  • A brain scan (functional Magnetic resonance imaging- fMRI) of approximately 60 minutes to assess the effects of Interferon-alpha on brain function.
  • Assessments to measure your emotional and physical symptoms.

We will:

  • Provide these assessments free of charge.
  • Compensate you for your involvment.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Emory University Mind-Body Program at 404-712-9620 or e-mail mindbody@emory.edu
Contact Bobby Woolwine for more information.

Web: www.mindbody.psychiatry.emory.edu
Email: bwoolwi@emory.edu


Atlanta, Georgia

Evaluating safety and efficacy of ELAD with respect to overall survival of subjects with a clinical diagnosis of alcohol-induced liver decompensation

Emory University

The primary objective of the study is to evaluate safety and efficacy of ELAD with respect to overall survival of subjects with a clinical diagnosis of alcohol-induced liver decompensation (AILD) through at least Study Day 91, with a follow-up providing additional survival data up to a maximum of 5 years that will be included, as available, through VTL-308 study termination (after the last surviving enrolled subject completes Study Day 91).

Contact Donna Kang, Lead Research Nurse for more information.

Phone: 404-712-4260
Email: dlkang@emory.edu


Atlanta, Georgia

VTL-308

The primary objective of the study is to evaluate safety and efficacy of ELAD with respect to overall survival of subjects with a clinical diagnosis of alcohol-induced liver decompensation (AILD) through at least Study Day 91, with a follow-up providing additional survival data up to a maximum of 5 years that will be included, as available, through VTL-308 study termination (after the last surviving enrolled subject completes Study Day 91).

Contact Donna Kang, Lead Research Nurse for more information.

Phone: 404-712-4260
Email: dlkang@emory.edu

Miami Research Associates
305-598-3125

Orlando Clinical Research Center
407-240-7878

University of Florida Center for Clinical Trials
352-265-0763
1-888-635-0763

University of Miami Center for Liver Disease Clinical Trials
305-575-3172
305-243-5787


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