The Gastrointestinal and Liver Association of the Americas (GALA) was formed in 2013. GALA was organized in order to unite health care providers across the Americas who are treating patients with chronic liver and gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. With extensive information on new treatment options, evolving data on existing treatment and diagnostic modalities, and critical information on improving patient outcomes, it is critical that health care providers who typically are unable to attend the large international conferences are informed of the most important advances.

GALA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization and all grants awarded to GALA are used to support educational programs and are not used for salaries and general administrative expenses of the GI and Liver Association of the Americas.

Mission Statement

The GI and Liver Association of the Americas mission is to provide the most up to date education to physicians and other healthcare professionals who care for patients with chronic liver and gastrointestinal disorders. Educational initiatives will be held throughout the Americas, including the United States of America, Canada, Central America, and South America.

Board of Directors

Fred Poordad, MD

President

Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Texas Health Science Center
Chief, Hepatology
VP, Academic and
Clinical Affairs
The Texas Liver Institute
San Antonio, Texas

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD

Vice President

Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director,
Digestive Health Center
Chicago, Illinois

Eric Lawitz, MD

Treasurer

Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Texas Health Science Center
VP, Scientific and
Research Development
The Texas Liver Institute
San Antonio, Texas

Marcelo Silva, MD

Secretary

Head of Hepatology and
Liver Transplant Unit
Austral University Hospital
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Steering Committee • United States

William D. Chey MD

Professor of Medicine
H. Marvin Pollard Institute Scholar
Director-GI Physiology Laboratory
Co-Director-Michigan Bowel Control Program
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG

Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director, Digestive Health Center
Chicago, Illinois

Eric Lawitz, MD

Vice President, Scientific and Research Development
The Texas Liver Institute
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Texas
Health Science Center, San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Fred Poordad, MD

Vice President, Academic and Clinical Affairs
The Texas Liver Institute
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Steering Committee • canada

Jordan Feld, MD, MPH

Toronto Western Hospital Liver Center
University Health Network
McLauglin-Rotman Centre for Global Health
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG

Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director, Digestive Health Center
Chicago, Illinois

Eric Lawitz, MD

Vice President, Scientific and Research Development
The Texas Liver Institute
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Texas
Health Science Center, San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Fred Poordad, MD

Vice President, Academic and Clinical Affairs
The Texas Liver Institute
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

A. Hillary Steinhart, MD

Head, Division of Gastroenterology
Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Steering Committee • latin america

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG

Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director, Digestive Health Center
Chicago, Illinois

Eric Lawitz, MD

Vice President, Scientific and Research Development
The Texas Liver Institute
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Texas
Health Science Center, San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Fred Poordad, MD

Vice President, Academic and Clinical Affairs
The Texas Liver Institute
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Marcelo Silva, MD

Head of Hepatology and Liver Transplant Unit
Austral University Hospital
Buenos Aires, Argentina