Nicole Rich, MD MSCS is a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist with clinical expertise in the management of advanced liver disease and liver cancer. She earned her medical degree at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She subsequently moved to Dallas where she completed residency training in Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern. She later completed advanced fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology on the NIH T32 research track at UT Southwestern. She joined the UT Southwestern faculty as Assistant Professor in 2018.
Dr. Rich is active in clinical and health services research. The core focus of her research is to understand and identify mechanisms contributing to racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic disparities among patients with chronic liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of primary liver cancer. She received a grant from the American College of Gastroenterology to further investigate the biological and behavioral mechanisms underlying sex and gender disparities in HCC risk and prognosis. She has published numerous articles on the topics of HCC and disparities in liver diseases in various peer-reviewed GI journals including Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology, and Gut.
Norah Terrault Professor of Medicine and Chief of Gastroenterology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
She is a transplant hepatologist and Professor of Medicine and Chief of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California. Dr. Terrault has focused her clinical and research activities on viral hepatitis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, with specific focus on patients with cirrhosis and liver transplant recipients. In addition to multiple clinical trials related to preventing and treating chronic hepatitis viral hepatitis and fatty liver, Dr. Terrault has been PI on multiple NIH-funded studies, including the current NIH-supported HBV clinical research network (HBRN) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis clinical research network (NASH CRN). She has authored over 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts, editorials, invited reviews as well as US national guidelines for treatment of chronic hepatitis B and C. Dr. Terrault was recently elected as Councilor to the AASLD governing board and will serve as president in 2023.
Homie Razavi is the managing director of the Center for Disease Analysis Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to hepatitis elimination. Homie & his team were the first to publish the feasibility of hepatitis elimination, brought down the global HCV prevalence from 185 to 71 million, ran the analyses for UNITAID before their decision to fund hepatitis HIV co-infection studies, ran the analyses for the Medicine Patent Pool before their decision to expand to hepatitis, ran the analyses for Gavi before their board’s decision to support HBV birth dose vaccination, and started the Polaris Observatory. He is currently working on making hepatitis elimination feasible through innovative financing mechanisms.
Edith Okeke is Professor of Medicine in the College of Health Sciences, University of Jos, Nigeria. Prof. Okeke was born and raised in Nigeria. A 1979 graduate of Medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She had her training in Gastroenterology / Hepatology in the Jos University Teaching Hospital, completing a Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in 1992. She is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London. She currently heads the Gastroenterology / Hepatology unit of the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos.
Professor Okeke is involved in national and international clinical research collaborations. She was the Principal investigator of the Prevention of Liver Fibrosis and Cancer in Africa (PROLIFICA) in Jos, a multi-country research project and also the principal investigator of ‘The Presentation of HCC in Nigerian Patients with or without HIV’, an NIH sponsored study with the Northwestern University, Chicago. She is currently co-leading U54 Epigenomic Biomarkers of HIV Associated Cancers in Nigeria, another NIH sponsored research.
She represents the African continent on the Rome Foundation executive committee for the global epidemiological study on irritable bowel syndrome. Professor Okeke is serving her second tenure as member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Evaluation and as International Advisor to RCP representing Nigeria. She has over 80 scientific publications in peer review journals.
She is married with 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Dr Austin as he is fondly called is a Chief Consultant Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria where he oversees the training of Postgraduate candidates in the field of internal Medicine and Gastroenterology as well as undergraduate medical students. He is a fellow of the National postgraduate medical college of Nigeria (FMCP) and the American Gastroenterology Association (AGAF).
He is a member of several associations including SOGHIN, EASL, AGA, to mention a few. He also doubles as a Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, and he’s blessed with a lovely family.
Augustine Osagie Uhunmwangho
MBBS, FMCP, AGAF, CERT in Gastroenterology
and Endoscopy (Germany)
Dennis A. Ndububa (MD, FWACP, AGAF), is a Professor of Medicine at the College of Health Sciences of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Teaching Hospital of the same university. He is a medical graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and trained in Gastroenterology/Hepatology at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He became a fellow of the West African College of Physicians in 1989 and was awarded the fellowship of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) in 2016.
His main areas of interest and research focus include viral hepatitis, chronic liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma, and the etiopathogenesis of peptic ulcer disease from which he has written several articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. He has trained and mentored not less than 40 Gastroenterologists who now hold Consultant positions in Nigeria and in diaspora.
He belongs to many professional associations which include the Society for Gastroenterology & Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN), of which he is the current President, African & Middle East Association of Gastroenterology (AMAGE), World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the African Helicobacter & Microbiota Study Group (AHMS). He is currently the Chairman, Technical Working Group, National Viral Hepatitis Control Program, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, Nigeria.