Our Regular Weekly “Surfers”

HEP Dynamics LLC, SurfingNASH.com

Owner and Principle of HEP Dynamics, sponsor Surfing the NASH Tsunami, a weekly podcast in which a panel of experts discusses commercial developments and challenges in the global NASH market.

Hepatology Researcher & KOL

Dr. Stephen Harrison currently serves as the Medical Director for Pinnacle Clinical Research and the President of Summit Clinical Research.

Founder and Medical Director, Tawazun Health

Louise has over 35-years experience working in the Healthcare Industry in UK and elsewhere in the world, including Europe, Middle East and Australia.

Universitätsmedizin Mainz

Jörn M. Schattenberg, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Mainz, Germany in 2002 after studying Medicine in Mainz (Germany) and at the Tulane University in New Orleans (US) .

Guest Surfers

Dr. Alina M. Allen is a gastroenterologist in Rochester, Minnesota and is affiliated with Mayo Clinic. She received her medical degree from University of Medicine and Pharmacy ‘Gr T Popa” Iasi and has been in practice between 11-20 years

Novo Nordisk

Amy Articolo, DO, FACOG, FACOOG, Dipl of ABOM, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, and is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Obesity Medicine.

Global Liver Institute

Andrew Scott leads Global live Institute’s (GLI) policy department by actively advancing patient-centric strategies through undertaking proactive legislative and regulatory initiatives that positively improve the lives of all impacted by liver disease.

NASH kNOWledge

Anthony’s experience with liver disease motivated him to form NASH kNOWledge, a non-profit corporation with the mission of increasing public awareness of nonalcoholic liver disease.

President and CEO, Global Liver Institute

Donna R. Cryer, JD is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Liver Institute (GLI), the only patient-driven liver health nonprofit operating in the US and Europe.

University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Ian is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds and Honorary Consultant Hepatologist at the Liver Unit at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds.

Health Education England

Kate has worked as a specialist nurse in the field of viral hepatitis and liver disease since 1999, in both hospital and community locations in the East Midlands.
Dr. Ani Kardashian is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Liver Institute Northwest, Clinical Professor, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University

Dr. Kris Kowdley, Director of Liver Institute Northwest and clinical professor, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University, is an internationally recognized liver disease expert and researcher.

Human Edge

From sick care to longevity, Dr. Marcus Ranney’s career over the past two decades have led him from the patient’s bedside to a wider stage as he now creates global impact via systemic change by championing wellbeing.

Boston University

Michelle T. Long, MD, MSc is a physician-scientist with an expertise in Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University.
Dr. Zaki Sherif is a Tenured Full Professor at Howard University College of Medicine and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Terns Pharmaceuticals

Erin Quirk, M.D. is President, Chief Medical Officer, and Head of Research & Development at Terns Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of small-molecule single-agent and combination therapy candidates for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).


Hagan currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer at ModifyHealth. With over 15 years in the GI/Endoscopy space, Hagan has a history of commercializing innovative products and services that have dramatic impact on patient care. Prior to ModifyHealth, Hagan served as Senior Director of Marketing at EndoChoice and Marketing Channel Manager for the GI ASC Division at Boston Scientific.

Echosens North America

36 years of product development and commercialization of gastroenterology-specific diagnostic devices.

ChronWell, Inc.

Joe is the founder of gMed, the leading GI EHR platform (sold to Modernizing Medicine) and ChronWell, a digital health company focused on fatty liver disease.

National Research Institute

Dr. Juan Pablo Frias is Medical Director and Principal Investigator of National Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA. He has been involved in diabetes and metabolism-related research for over 25 years and has authored numerous publications in this field.

The University of Florida at Gainesville

Dr. Cusi is a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at The University of Florida at Gainesville (2011-present). He is also a faculty and researcher at the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Division at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Gainesville, FL.

Akero Therapeutics

Kitty Yale joined Akero in October 2018 as Chief Development Officer. In her current role, she leads the clinical development of Efruxifermin (fc-FGF21 analog) in NASH

Antaros Medical AB

Lars Johansson is PhD in translational imaging from Uppsala University in Sweden. He has over 170 published peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters in imaging in drug development. He has over 30 years experience from clinical imaging in the cardiorenal and metabolic disease areas and more than 20 years experience from the pharma industry.

MPH, FACP, FACG, FAASLD Professor of Medicine Duke University

Manal F. Abdelmalek, MD, MPH is a tenured Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Director of the Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) Clinical Research Program at Duke University.
Dr. Marcelo Kugelmas received his medical degree with honors from the University of Buenos Aires. After completing his internship and internal medicine residency at University of Southern California-Los Angeles County Hospital in Los Angeles, he moved to Cleveland where he completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and served as Chief Fellow in 1995.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Rinella is a Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is the Director of the Northwestern Fatty Liver Program.

Chief Innovation Officer, Perspectum, Ltd.

Matt Kelly is Perspectum’s Chief Innovation Officer, overseeing clinical studies and collaborations to support our technology and explore novel indications.

Houston Liver Institute

Hepatologist, Researcher, Drug and Biomedical Testing Developer. Ex-Founding Director Fatty Liver Program at Cedars-Sinai. Currently Director of Houston Research Institute and Houston Liver Institute.

U Chicago Medicine

Michael Charlton, MBBS, is an internationally renowned specialist in liver diseases and transplant medicine. Listed among “America’s Top Doctors” and “Best Doctors in America,” Dr. Charlton has particular expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) and viral hepatitis.

Section Chief of Hepatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical Center.

Michael Curry is the Section Chief of Hepatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical Center.

University of Leeds

Michelle is a part-time lecturer in Liver Care at the University of Leeds and a part-time Liver Nurse Educator at St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds.

Director of the Fatty Liver Program, Arizona Liver Health

Naim Alkhouri, M.D., is the VP of Academic Affairs, Chief of Transplant Hepatology, and Director of the Fatty Liver Program at Arizona Liver Health (ALH) in Phoenix, AZ.
Patrizia Künzler is a Swiss registered nurse, who has also obtained a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Basel.

Universitätsmedizin Mainz

Jörn M. Schattenberg, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Mainz, Germany in 2002 after studying Medicine in Mainz (Germany) and at the Tulane University in New Orleans (US) .

Professor of Experimental Hepatology & Consultant Hepatologist at Newcastle University

Quentin M. Anstee was a guest panelist on Episode 6

AGED Diagnostics

Rachel Zayas, is the Founder and CEO of AGED Diagnostics, has a Masters in Genetics and an MBA, has previously launched a biotech venture and worked at MIT in cancer research developing gene silencing therapeutics through RNA interference.

South Texas Research Institute

Rashmee Patil, MD is the CEO, Medical Director of South Texas Research Institute in Edinburg, Texas

Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Samer Gawrieh is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Director of the Hepatology Research Fellowship Program in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Scott L. Friedman is the Dean for Therapeutic Discovery and Chief of the Division of Liver Diseases, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Terns Pharmaceutical

•Biotechnology executive and board member with ~20 years of experience in addressing complex strategic matters in the areas of finance, organizational development, clinical development, regulatory, and manufacturing

EVP and Global Head of Diagnostics at GENFIT

Suneil Hosmane, PhD has appeared as a guest surfer in episodes 8, 10, 13, 14
In 2017, Terri was diagnosed with NASH Cirrhosis. In 2018, she was diagnosed with HCC and has had 4 localized regional treatments. She is currently on the transplant list waiting for a second chance at a life-giving liver.

Sorbonne Université and Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital

Vlad Ratziu, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Hepatology at Sorbonne University and Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France.
Yanet Adere is a pharmacist by training and a NASH Medical Science Liaison at Novo Nordisk.

Managing Director, Senior Research Analyst & Co-Head of Biotechnology Research at ROTH Capital Partners

Yasmeen appeared in the first 3 episodes.

Inova Medicine Service Line

Zobair M. Younossi, MD, MPH, FACP, FACG, AGAF, is the Chairman, Department of Medicine, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. He is also Professor of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Inova Campus and Affiliate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at George Mason University.