Our History


Founders Circle

These donors provided early funding for the creation of the Liver Coalition of San Diego.

Platinum Level

Alliance Healthcare Foundation

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

Scott Suckow*

Gold Level

Margarette Beers*
Yvonne Boyer
Catherine Frenette, MD
Tarek Hassanein, MD
Christopher Marsh, MD
Susan Olivier*
San Ysidro Health Centers / In Memory of James Tuggle

Silver Level

California Chronic Care Coalition*
Chih-Wu and Pei-Tei Chang
Adam Deising, DO
Bobby DePriest, PharmD
FUJIFILM Wako Diagnostics
Gilead Sciences
Thomas Krumenacker
Sonia Miranda-Tucker*
Family Health Centers of San Diego
Lisa Nyberg, MD and Anders Nyberg, MD
Heather Patton, MD
Paul Pockros, MD
Steven Rose, MD
Robert and Teresa Salkin
Kathleen B. Schwarz, MD
Javaid Shad, MD
Shirley M. Tsunoda, PharmD

Bronze Level

Veeral Ajmera, MD
Tim and Christina Carter and Family
Terry Cunningham, MAOM
Carlos Garcia, MD
Robert Gish, MD
R. Bruce Johnson, MD
Marste Training Services / In Honor of Mary Hubbard
Rita McCrerey
Tina Moreno
Techit Services*
Tony Turner-Mercado
Cathy Welcher

Friends Level

Irenka Andrade
Paul Anderson
Abdulrahman Bubshait
Sam Calvano
Susan Caparosa
Kristi Clarke
Loise Clarke
Robert Colio
Pamela Conner, RN
James Dax
Tracey Ferguson
Julio Gutierrez, MD
Jay Hill
Liz Johnson
Linda Katz
Jack Miller
Kim Phillips
Kent Red
Bonhomme Richard
Debra Telle
JoAnn Thompson
Tyler and Lauren Smith
Tony Quan
Gerald Wong

*In-kind professional staff support

Nearly twenty-five years ago San Diego became a staffed chapter of the American Liver Foundation. During that time, local volunteers made a measurable difference in the fight against liver disease by providing financial support for medical research; educating patients, families, caregivers and healthcare professionals; advocating for patients and their families; and creating public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention.

On July 1, 2020, as a result of COVID-19, the American Liver Foundation closed all their field offices and had a staff reduction of 43 percent. Although ALF would remain a national voice on liver disease, this left a gap in community-based services for San Diego. Local medical specialists, transplant surgeons, patients, and caregivers realizing this gap organized to make sure that these services would continue and be provided locally.  The Liver Coalition of San Diego was incorporated as a nonprofit on July 21, 2020, with the California Chronic Care Coalition serving as its fiscal sponsor until being designated as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS on October 21, 2020.

On May 24, 2022 the Liver Coalition® became a registered trademark. August 1, 2022 the Liver Coalition® started expanding nationally through its Community Chairs Initiative. Building off the success in San Diego County. Funds raised through this initiative support community-based educational programs and services that benefit local communities.


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