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Among our many educational accomplishments, Focus is the
educational partner of record for the Chronic Liver Disease
Foundation (CLDF), and the Gastrointestinal Health Foundation
(GiHF). The CLDF and the GiHF are renowned nonprofit 501(c)(3)
educational organizations dedicated to increasing awareness of
the effect of chronic liver disease and gastrointestinal disorders in
the United States.


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The Chronic Liver Disease Foundation provides education to the medical community
concerning a disease that affects an estimated 40 million people in the United
The most common types of CLD in the United States include nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, chronic hepatitis C, alcoholic liver disease, chronic hepatitis B, and hemochromatosis.
For all age groups, CLD was the 12th leading cause of death in the year 2000, accounting for more than 25,000 deaths. In the 45 to 54 age group, CLD and cirrhosis were the 4th leading cause of death in males, and the 6th leading cause of death in females.
More than 17,000 patients are currently on the liver transplant waiting list, yet just
over 5000 patients receive liver transplants each year.
New therapies continue to evolve in the treatment of CLD. New molecular testing techniques aid in the detection and therapeutic monitoring of liver disease. Recombinant vaccines have been developed for 2 common types of hepatitis. And, in those cases where liver disease has progressed to a point where treatment is no longer effective, liver transplant has become a more viable option, in most instances, than it was just a decade ago.


PsoriasisCME.TV is a CME educational portal designed specifically for healthcare professionals facing the challenges of managing patients with Psoriasis. The portal content delivered by experts in this field will be updated monthly and will be provided in a variety of downloadable formats as well as offer registration for live meetings. All content will be archived and available for your future use.


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Mission Statement
The Gi Health Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the effect of gastrointestinal disorders in the United States. The foundation's goal is to provide health professionals with the most current education and information on gastrointestinal health.
Opinion leaders are an integral part of developing the Gi Health Foundation educational programs so that physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and pharmacists have information about the latest medical developments and their implications for patient management. Information is drawn from academia, medical societies, government health agencies, and industry and is integrated into balanced, up-to-date educational programs for healthcare professionals.


About the International Psoriasis Council
The International Psoriasis Council (IPC) is a dermatology led, global nonprofit organization dedicated to innovation across the full spectrum of psoriasis through
research, education and treatment. IPC identifies priorities, brings experts together and facilitates discussion to attain the following goals:
To provide dermatologists with the most up-to-date knowledge with respect to psoriasis allied to the best evidence base for all treatments. To ensure that psoriasis patients worldwide have access to the best treatment.
To identify key needs for research and to facilitate these activities in the field of psoriasis.
To collaborate with global, international and national organizations and to give advice with respect to psoriasis.
The International Psoriasis Council is governed by a ten-member board of directors comprised of the world's leading experts in psoriasis and others who provide business expertise to the organization.
IPC has identified additional psoriasis experts from around the world who serve in an advisory capacity and lend their global expertise on psoriasis research, treatment, and education to support all IPC programs, events, and initiatives. IPC has designated them with the title of "Councilor ".


RAcme.TV is a CME educational portal designed specifically for healthcare professionals facing the challenges of managing patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The portal content delivered by experts in this field will be updated monthly and will be provided in a variety of downloadable formats as well as offer registration for live meetings. All content will be archived and available for your future use.


In the latter part of 1949, a group of Southern California physicians interested in gastroenterology felt that there was a need for the formation of a local society focused on this specialty.
At that time, there were four national groups devoted to gastroenterology: The American Gastroenterological Association, The American Gastroscopic Society, The American College of Gastroenterology, and The A.M.A. Section in Gastroenterology and Proctology. Since these organizations often held their annual meetings in an Eastern or Midwestern city, it was often difficult for physicians from California to attend these meetings regularly. The founding physicians also hoped that a locally organized gastroenterological society would be able to induce the foremost investigators in this field, from all over the nation, to meet in Southern California and enable the western gastroenterologists to keep abreast of current discoveries and developments in their chosen field.
The founding physicians of the SCSG also hoped that the establishment of a local gastroenterological society would establish a means of communication between the various institutions and investigators located in Southern California.
Finally, the establishment of the SCSG would create an opportunity for younger physicians interested in the field of gastroenterology to participate in programs and activities sponsored by the society.
On January 25, 1950, William C. Boeck, MD; Grant H. Lanphere, MD; Max P. Lipman, MD; Rudolf Schindler, MD and Harold L. Thompson, MD met at the home of Dr. Boeck to discuss the organization of such a society. Dr. Boeck was chosen as temporary Chairman, and Dr. Lanphere as Secretary Pro-Tem. Subsequent meetings throughout 1950 resulted in the formation of the Southern California Society of Gastroenterology.
The first formal meeting of the SCSG was held on July 26, 1950, at the headquarters of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, with 34 physicians in attendance. Since that time, the membership has steadily grown and now numbers almost 300 members. One of the traditional strengths of the SCSG has been the active participation of a number of disciplines with special interest in gastrointestinal diseases, including surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, basic scientists as well as gastroenterologists. Another tradition of the SCSG has been the strong representation from the faculties of the medical schools and institutions of Southern California. The SCSG has also been enhanced by the regular participation of fellows and residents from the various training programs in the area.
An enumeration of the scientific and academic accomplishments of the membership of the SCSG would be to write a "Who's Who" in gastroenterology today. These men and women have created one of the finest training centers in gastroenterology located in Southern California. Physicians and healthcare professionals now come from all over the country and abroad to be trained in Southern California. The SCSG has indirectly helped with this outstanding progress.
The changing approach to medicine and education over the years has been reflected in the changing format of the SCSG. The annual SCSG Post-DDW and Post-AALSD meetings have become well established premier Gi focused conference s in the western United States. The success of the SCSG lies in its willingness to change and the active participation of its membership. Further innovations will doubtless occur as the SCSG approaches its fourth decade.

adapted from Max P. Lipman, M.D.


Mission Statement
The Northern California Society of Clinical Gastroenterology (NCSCG) is a professional organization devoted to the pursuit of clinical excellence in Gastroenterology and Hepatology through continuing medical education and social exchange of its members. By providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and professional attitudes, NCSCG aims to encourage personal and professional growth, stimulate intellectual curiosity, and cultivate lasting friendship and camaraderie among its members.

The NCSCG Board would also like to announce the decision to move ahead with seeking a Non-Profit status for the organization. We believe that the members will support this direction and that this new status will further enhance the reputation of the NCSCG.

As always, we seek your continued participation and membership. We strongly encourage you to spread the word to your colleagues and see the membership application available in the membership section of this website for details. If there are any members interested in participating on the Board of Directors, please contact any one of us for more information. Your suggestions and your continued support for this society are greatly appreciated. Please block your calendars early and send your membership forms and dues now.


The New York State Department of Health has developed a strategic plan for hepatitis C. The major component of this plan addresses strategies to prevent disease, educate health care providers about the disease, increase disease surveillance, and increases both the number of patients treated for the disease and the number of providers treating the disease.

The strategic plan outlines several specific strategies to promote improved overall disease state awareness and treatments. These are:

To increase the knowledge of hepatitis C among the general public and to improve and expand the knowledge of hepatitis C among health and human service providers
To ensure access to culturally sensitive appropriate educational messages, to expand capacity for statewide hepatitis C screening, and to improve access to hepatitis C screening and referral
To increase the provision of timely referrals for substance abuse and mental health services
To develop evidence based interventions for hepatitis C prevention
To conduct hepatitis C related research to advance prevention, care, and treatment
To ensure provider access to current guidelines, regulations, and recommendations for hepatitis C diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
To establish a referral network for hepatitis C diagnosis, care, and treatment