Michael E. de Vera, M.D., professor of surgery and director of the Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) Transplantation Institute, was honored as a Healthcare Visionary in the field of liver transplantation by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Liver Foundation (ALF), on September 18, at the Flavors of Orange County event held at the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel, Newport Beach, CA.
Farrah Douglas, executive director of the Greater Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation, said, "We wanted to honor Dr. de Vera with our 'Healthcare Visionary' award for his work in the field of liver transplantation and for tirelessly promoting awareness and education about liver disease.
“de Vera has long been a supporter of the America Liver Foundation and is an active member of numerous transplant and surgical societies; he serves on a number of local and national committees, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and a number of organ procurement organizations such as One Legacy and the United Network of Organ Sharing,” Douglas added.
de Vera serves on ALF’s Medical Advisory Committee (MAC). The mission of the MAC is to provide programs, seminars and forums to educate physicians and public about liver disease and the latest improvement in treatment and prevention.
de Vera completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Riverside, and received his medical degree from the Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine in 1991. He has been a practicing transplant surgeon for over 18 years.
The LLUMC Transplantation Institute is a world-class medical and transplant care center. It is the only multi-organ, comprehensive transplant center in the Inland Empire region, but serves pediatric and adult patients from Southern and Central California regions, Las Vegas and beyond.
Providing advanced medical and transplant care services specializing in the liver, kidney, pancreas, stem cell and heart, the Transplantation Institute is managed by a core team of healthcare professionals and staff committed to excellence through compassionate whole person care. The Center also offers the latest cutting-edge technology and techniques in liver disease as well as complex liver and digestive tract surgery.
The American Liver Foundation's mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. Popular programs include: Love Your Liver; Liver Wellness: What Everybody Needs to Know; Viral Hepatitis; and Teens to Twenties: Liver Wellness Guide.