The Viral Hepatitis and Fatty Liver ECHO empowers and supports primary care providers to effectively and confidently treat patients suffering from liver diseases. A multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to the treatment of patients with all types of liver diseases, especially viral hepatitis and fatty liver disease, will meet with participants via interactive online videoconferencing from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month. Click here to download ECHO flyer. Click below to register.

This ECHO is scheduled to relaunch as Hep C ECHO the first Friday in November 2021.


Goals and Objectives:

  • Improve access to hepatologists for patients with complex liver disease
  • Educate primary care providers in the diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases to ensure timely, accurate, and cost-efficient care for Missourians
  • Increase provider knowledge of screening, identifying, and treating complex liver diseases
  • Decrease viral hepatitis and fatty liver morbidity and mortality in Missouri
  • Provide an open and safe forum for exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences through participant cases

Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Chronic Hepatitis C: Disease Progression and Epidemiology
  • Guidelines for Treating HCV: What With, How Long, Endpoints
  • Chronic Hepatitis C and Substance Abuse, Opioid Epidemic
  • Roadmap to Screening, Testing, Diagnosis, Treatment, Surveillance, and Follow-Up
  • NASH – Most Common Liver Disease
  • NASH – Progression to Cirrhosis
  • Management of Cirrhosis
  • When to Consider Liver Transplantation
  • Relapse – Treatment Failure in Hepatitis C
  • Managing Drug Interactions and Insurance Requirements
  • Noninvasive Markers for Fibrosis
  • Viral Hepatitis and Pregnancy
  • Hepatitis B – How to Keep Track of All That Testing
  • Inherited Liver Diseases
  • NASH – Treatment Protocols

Meet the Expert Team

The interdisciplinary panel includes physicians, pharmacists, a nurse and a clinical psychologist.

Bruce Bacon, MD, Gastroenterologist and Transplant Hepatologist, Saint Louis University

Eyad Alsabbagh, MD, Transplant Hepatologist, Saint Louis University

Tiffany Sanford-Martens, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, University of Missouri

Janice Davis, RN, Nurse, Resource Specialist, University of Missouri

Paige Clark, PharmD, BCACP, CSP, Clinical Pharmacist, University of Missouri

What Does This ECHO Offer?

  • No cost for participating sites or individuals
  • Free continuing education for health care professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with experts and other physicians
  • Patients get better care in their home community

CME Information

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.