Welcome to the annual Ask the Experts event hosted by the American Liver Foundation and Banner University Medicine.

November 1, 2021

6:00pm PST/ “virtual” doors open at 5:30

This educational session is meant for family, friends, and individuals who have been diagnosed with advanced liver disease. Please join us in a FREE opportunity to engage our expert panel of Physicians and Healthcare Professionals with questions about liver disease, liver cancer, diet and nutrition, COVID-19 vaccines, and many more relevant topics.


Speakers and Topics

Keynote address by Moises Nevah Rubin, MD

COVID Concerns presented by Saman Nematollahi, MD


Breakout sessions

Room 1 Encephalopathy

Speaker Moises Nevah Rubin MD

Moderator Lindsey Morrison

Room 2 HCC Cancer

Speakers  Stephen Chen MD and Mark Wong MD

Moderator Gina Bartes

Room 3 Mental Health & Liver Disease

Speaker Christian Cornelius MD

Moderator Angela Bernhardt, LMSW

Room 4 NASH

Speaker Gerard Quigley DNP FNP-C

Moderator Tessa Bowie

Room 5 Care Giver Discussion

Speakers Amy Henstra LMSW and Rohit Nathan MD

Moderator Amy Henstra

Room 6 Liver Transplant

Speaker Thomas Chaly MD

Moderator Charlie Thomas LMSW

Room 7 Nutrition & Liver Disease

Megan Flores MS RD CSOWM and

Zelle Morefield MS RDN CNSC


American Liver Foundation

Banner Transplant Institute

Transplant Community Alliance

Thomas Chaly, MD
Thomas Chaly, MD
Thomas Chaly, MD, FACS, joined Doctors Koep, Cashman, Brink and Van der Werf in August 2017 from University of Utah. Originally from New York, Dr. Thomas Chaly received a Bachelor of Science at the University of California. After receiving his medical degree, he began his residency in General Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine where he served as Chief Resident. In addition, he completed his fellowship in Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where he served as Chief Administrative Fellow. Dr. Thomas Chaly’s expertise includes kidney, pancreas, and liver transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery, minimally invasive surgery including donor nephrectomy, and pediatric liver transplantation.  He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and children.
Charlie Thomas, LMSW
Charlie Thomas, LMSWModerator
Charlie Thomas received his Master of Social Work Degree from Arizona State University in 1980 and his Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Welfare with Distinction from San Diego State University in 1979. Charlie has been employed as a transplant social worker at Banner University for 36 years. He has been the moderator of tonight’s program, Ask the Experts for over 25 years.

Charlie is married to Linda a retired chemistry teacher and they have two children Jesse and Andrea. Andrea is giving them their first grandchild next April. Charlie enjoys bird watching, gardening and reading.