|KHEIR Offers Opportunity to Learn More About Hepatitis B
KHEIR and Gilead Sciences Co-Host Seminar with Renowned
Hepatologist/Gastroenterologist Dr. Ho Bae
(LOS ANGELES, CA - December 4, 2009) - On Wednesday, December 9th, KHEIR Center has the pleasure of co-hosting renowned Hepatologist/Gastroenterologist Dr. Ho Bae with Gilead Sciences. Please join us in learning about Hepatitis B and how it affects most of us and our families!
3727 W. 6th Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(Northeast corner of Harvard & 6th Street)
||Wednesday, December 9th
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. (Lunch will be provided)
Quick Facts About Hepatitis B & Liver Cancer
||About 1/3 of people infected with Hepatitis B do not know how they were infected.
||It is often referred to as a "silent killer" because 70% of its victims are asymptomatic.
||Half of the mortalities caused by this disease are people of Asian descent.
||Korean Americans have 8 times the risk of liver cancer compared to their Caucasian counterparts.
||1 out of 4 chronic carriers will die from cirrhosis or liver cancer later in life.
||Liver cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer among Korean Americans.
||Liver cancer rates among males are 13 times higher for Vietnamese Americans, 8 times higher for Chinese Americans and 6 times higher for Korean Americans than Caucasians.
||The greatest health disparity between Asian Americans and Caucasians is liver cancer, 80% of which is caused by chronic Hepatitis B.
About Dr. Ho Bae
Dr. Bae earned his medical degree at and completed a
residency in internal medicine at LAC/USC Medical Center.
Along the way, he received several awards, including
the Brautbar Resident Teaching Award and the award for
best senior resident. He completed fellowships in hepatology
at LAC/USC Medical Center and in gastroenterology at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA. A trailblazer in eradicating
Hepatitis B, Dr. Bae, along with his dedicated volunteers,
has screened thousands of at-risk members of the Asian
American community. Dr. Bae is actively involved in
patient and physician education regarding chronic hepatitis
B and other aspects of the liver disease. Dr. Bae currently
serves as the Medical Director of the Asian Pacific
Liver Center at St. Vincent Medical Center.
KHEIR Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency founded
in 1986, offers culturally and linguistically appropriate
health care and social services to the low income, limited-English
speaking Korean and Latino residents of Southern California.
In addition to operating the only full-time community
clinic with majority Korean patient base in the United
States to offer assistance in English, Spanish and Korean,
the organization maintains a Social Services Department
and two Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) centers that render
more than 80,000 service visits and 100,000 hot meals
on an annual basis. http://www.lakheir.org