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Inspiring Conversations with Dr. Naim Alkhouri of Arizona Liver Health

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Naim Alkhouri.

Hi Dr. Alkhouri, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am a liver specialist, we are called “hepatologists”, and I treat patients with chronic liver diseases such as fatty liver disease, alcohol-associated liver disease, hepatitis C and B, and autoimmune liver disease.

I also treat patients before and after liver transplants.

I immigrated to the United States when I was 25 years old after graduating from medical school and have moved throughout the U.S. from Philadelphia to Cleveland to San Antonio and now to Phoenix where I plan on spending the rest of my career as a partner at Arizona Liver Health (ALH), a large liver-disease focused practice.

At ALH, we conduct clinical trials in liver disease where we provide our patients in Arizona with access to the latest clinical trials with new therapeutic agents. Taking care of liver disease patients shows me that all humans suffer the same way and that we are all equal under the surface.

I have a few titles that put in perspective my role at Arizona Liver Health (ALH) including the Director of the Fatty Liver Program, the VP of Academic Affairs, and the Chief of Transplant Hepatology. Prior to joining ALH, I served as the director of the Metabolic Health Center at the Texas Liver Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Texas (UT) Health in San Antonio, TX.

I completed my Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology training at the renowned Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. I am a key opinion leader in the field of NASH therapeutics and an advisor/ consultant to many pharmaceutical and biomarker development companies. I serve as Principal Investigator on several multicenter global NASH trials.

I have published over 200 publications including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Journal of Hepatology. I have presented my scientific work at both national and international medical conferences.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Running a large medical practice with three busy offices in Arizona where we do both clinical care and clinical research comes with several challenges including the need to provide excellent medical care based on the most recent guidelines, managing staffing and workflow issues, planning for growth, and making sure that our employees have a path for career development and growth.

Another challenge when it comes to managing liver disease is the fact that it remains silent for most patients until it becomes too advanced to be able to cure it. Therefore, asking your primary care or family doctor about your liver health is very important.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Arizona Liver Health?
At Arizona Liver Health (ALH), our mission is to provide state-of-the-art, innovative, and compassionate care to patients affected by liver diseases.

To achieve these goals we are committed to providing: Outstanding, personalized patient care; access to clinical liver research regarding the causes, prevention, and treatment of liver diseases; and excellence in teaching and training clinicians and scientists in patient care and research in liver disease.

Our facility was designed to accommodate our cutting-edge diagnostic tools, chronic disease care, and clinical trials of novel therapeutics for patients with various liver diseases. Our providers are nationally and internationally recognized experts in liver disease. In addition, we take great pride in providing compassionate, personalized patient care.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I like spending time with my family, they are the joy of my life.

I also play sports including basketball and tennis, read books and listen to audiobooks while driving throughout the valley between offices, being outside in the beautiful Arizona nature, and eating at gourmet restaurants.

I dislike bureaucracy and rules that don’t make sense. This is my biggest motivation to drive change.

Contact Info:

  • Email: NAIM.ALKHOURI@GMAIL.COM
  • Website: azliver.com
  • Facebook: @AZLiverHealth
  • Twitter: @AlkhouriNaim

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