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 What We Do

The Francis Family Liver Clinic is an integrated clinic located at the Toronto General Hospital. We are the clinical component of the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease (TCLD), named in 2016 because it encompasses areas of research, education, training, and a world-renowned liver transplantation program in a single healthcare facility. The TCLD is one of the largest liver units in North America.

We help patients with all types of liver diseases, especially hepatitis B, hepatitis C, fatty liver and autoimmune liver disease. At least half of our patient population has advanced liver disease requiring complex care and long-term follow-up. Every member of our team is highly trained, motivated, and dedicated to helping our patients to understand their liver conditions and to take care of their liver health. As we are a teaching hospital, patients may be seen by a nurse practitioner, fellow, medical resident or medical student, but all cases are reviewed by a staff hepatologist (liver doctor).

For Our Patients


For Health Care Providers
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We offer a wide variety of services:

  • Disease-specific clinics for:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Fatty liver
    • Autoimmune liver disease
    • Liver cancer
    • Palliative Care
  • Post-discharge clinics to help people immediately after a hospital stay
  • Liver cancer screening and management
  • Social Medicine service to assist with non-medical needs that impact health
  • Cutting-edge treatment options and investigational tools
  • Clinical trials access
  • Expert nurses to manage treatment of liver disease
  • Medical day unit and clinic facilities for outpatient day procedures
  • Urgent referral capacity
  • Drug reimbursement assistance
  • Pharmacist consultation

How to Prepare

First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. After your visit, you may go to the Blood Collection Lab for blood tests. Follow-up appointments may take up to 1 hour.

We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. If the phone line is busy, or the assistant is busy with other duties and unable to answer, please leave a clear message, including the following:

  • S-P-E-L-L your name
  • Give either your hospital card number or health card number
  • Provide a call-back number
  • Leave a brief message stating the reason for your call
  • If you need to cancel or re-book an appointment, please leave a message 2 days before your appointment date. Otherwise, you will be charged an administrative fee for a missed visit.

Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.

 Materials and Resources to Help You

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 Meet Our Team

Liver Clinic Team 

Our team is made up of world-class health care professionals working for patients and families. Team members include nine staff Hepatologists (liver doctors), Clinical Fellows (qualified doctors who have completed medical school and residency in specialized fields), Residents (qualified doctors undergoing specialized training in the field of liver disease), two Nurse Practitioners, two Clinic Nurses, one Social Medicine Worker, Research Nurses and Coordinators, and Administrative and Clerical Staff.

Director, Clinical Practice: Dr. Gideon Hirschfield

Director, Research: Dr. Jordan Feld

Directors, Education: Dr. David WongDr. Scott Fung

Director, Fellowship: Dr. Morven Cunningham

Staff Hepatologists

Dr. Morven Cunningham  

Dr. Morven Cunningham

Dr. Morven Cunningham, MBBS, MRCP (UK), PhD, is the Director of Fellowship for the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and NASH.

Admin: Wanda
Phone: 416 340 3929


Dr. Jordan Feld  

Dr. Jordan Feld

Dr. Jordan Feld, MD, MPH, FRCP (C), is the Director of Research for the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Wilson’s Disease.

Admin: Eliverta
Phone: 416 340 4584


Dr. Scott Fung  

Dr. Scott Fung

Dr. Scott Fung, MD, FRCPC, is the Director of Education for the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

Admin: Sue
Phone: 416 340 3893


Dr. Aliya Gulamhusein  

Dr. Aliya Gulamhusein

Dr. Aliya Gulamhusein, MD, MPH, FRCPC, is a staff Hepatologist at Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in Primary Biliary Cholangitis, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Autoimmune Hepatitis and Transplant.

Admin: Andrea
Phone: 416 340 3631


Dr. Gideon Hirschfield  

Dr. Gideon Hirschfield

Dr. Gideon Hirschfield, MB BChir, PhD, FRCP (Lon), is the Director of Autoimmune Liver Disease Program at Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in Primary Biliary Cholangitis, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Autoimmune Hepatitis and Transplant. He is also the Director of Clinical Practice for Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic.

Admin: Alerta
Phone: 416 340 4548


Dr. Keyur Patel  

Dr. Keyur Patel

Dr. Keyur Patel, MD, is a Staff Hepatologist at Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in NASH, Liver Fibrosis, Fatty Liver and Transplant.

Admin: Wanda
Phone: 416 340 3312


Dr. Hemant Shah  

Dr. Hemant Shah

Dr. Hemant Shah, MD, MScCH, HPTE, FAASLD, is a Staff Hepatologist at Toronto Centre for Liver Disease and specializes in Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Education.

Admin: Stephanie
Phone: 416 340 4946


Dr. David Wong  

Dr. David Wong

Dr. David K. H. Wong, MD, FRCP(C), is the Director of Education for the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV Co-infection, HCC and Alpha-1-Antitrypsin.

Admin: Lucy
Phone: 416 340 3279


Dr. Florence Wong  

Dr. Florence Wong

Dr. Florence Wong, MBBSD, MD, FRACPC, FRCPC, is a Staff Hepatologist at Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis and Ascites.

Admin: Roschelle
Phone: 416 340 3834


Dr. Mamatha Bhat  

Dr. Mamatha Bhat

Dr. Mamatha Bhat, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCPC, is a Transplant Hepatologist for the Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre and specializes in Liver Transplantation, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis, Post-transplant Diabetes and Liver Regeneration. Liver Transplant Clinic »


Dr. Leslie Lilly  

Dr. Leslie Lilly

Dr. Leslie Lilly, MD MSc, FRCPC, is the Medical Director for the Post-Transplant Clinic and Director for the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship and specializes in Liver Transplantation, Viral hepatitis, Immunosuppression and Antiviral Medications. Liver Transplant Clinic »


Dr. Nazia Selzner-Malekkiani  

Dr. Nazia Selzner-Malekkiani

Dr. Nazia Selzner-Malekkiani, MD, PhD, is a Transplant Hepatologist for the Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre and specializes in Liver Transplantation, Chronic HCV infection Post Transplant, Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury, Fatty Liver and Aging Liver. Liver Transplant Clinic »


Dr. Cynthia Tsien  

Dr. Cynthia Tsien

Dr. Cynthia Tsien, MDCM, MPH, FRCPC, is the Education Director at the Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre. She specializes in the care of patients with end-stage liver disease and post-liver transplantation. Liver Transplant Clinic »


Psychiatrist

Dr. Richard Yanofsky  

Dr. Richard Yanofsky

Dr. Richard Yanofsky, MD, FRCPC, is the Staff Psychiatrist for Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry.

Clinic Phone: 416 340 4868 Option 3


Nurse Practitioners

Colina Yim  

Colina Yim

Colina Yim, NP, RN(EC), BScN, MN, is a Staff Nurse Practitioner at Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Advanced Liver Disease Management while contributing to Chinese Hepatitis B Education Peer Support Group.

Admin: Melissa
Phone: 416 340 3569


Elizabeth Lee  

Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth Lee, MN, NP, CGN(C), is a Staff Nurse Practitioner at Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in Decompensated Liver Disease and General Hepatology.

Admin: Yvonne
Phone: 416 340 4679


Clinical Associates

Dr. Joshua Juan  

Dr. Joshua Juan

Dr. Joshua Juan, MD, CCFP (Hepatology), is a Clinical Associate at Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Fatty Liver.

Admin: Yvonne
Phone: 416 340 4679


Dr. Ann Ma  

Dr. Ann Ma

Dr. Ann Ma, MD MSc, FRCPC, is a Clinical Associate at Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Francis Family Liver Clinic and specializes in cirrhosis and its complications.

Admin: Alerta
Phone: 416 340 4548

Admin: Melissa
Phone: 416 340 3569


Clinical Fellows

Dr. Olgun Akman

Dr. Ahmad Alfedaghi

Dr. Abdullah Alfhaid

Dr. Faisal Aljohani

Dr. Fahd Mohammed Almalki

Dr. Chinmay Bera

Dr. Albert Chiang

Dr. Justine Dion

Dr. Rohit Gupta

Dr. Inbal Houri

Dr. Mai Magdy Kilany

Dr. Heather (Evans) Kosick

Dr. Kristel Leung

Dr. Henry Winston Li

Dr. Bharat Markandey

Dr. Neha Tiwari


Nurse Manager of Liver Clinic

  • Ina Cherepaha-Kantorovich

Clinic Administrative Coordinator/FibroScan Technician

  • Jethro Mercado

Clinic Nurse

  • Sharlene Camaya

Clerical Staff

  • Jinny Bao
  • Keanna Browne
  • Rosemin Janmohamed
  • Myra Lee Marron

Community Health Worker, Liver Clinic and Social Medicine Program

  • Tracy Warne

Nursing PhD Student

  • Franklin Gorospe

UHN Clinic Pharmacy

  • Eugenia Chan – Pharmacy Manager, MLOA
  • Rebecca Lui – Medication Reimbursement Specialist
  • Nehal Patel - Acting Outpatient Pharmacy Site Operations Manager, TGH

Research

 Learn More About Our Research

At the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, we have expertise in both basic science and clinical research. Research has always been a cornerstone of our work. Our goal is to learn more about liver diseases both in the lab and from clinical studies so that we can help improve the lives of patients with liver disease. Our research is made possible through grant funding but is often supported through generous donations from individuals who are seen at the clinic.

Our team is made up of world-class health care professionals working for you and with you. Meet Our Research Team »

Clinical research enables us to use innovative approaches to manage our patients with different types of liver disease. We study new investigational drugs and tools to find safer and more effective treatments for patients with liver disease. We also design clinical studies to better understand the effects of liver disease on people. We have numerous ongoing treatment trials on hepatitis B, C, autoimmune hepatitis, fatty liver, liver cancer, liver fibrosis and portal hypertension as well as some rarer liver diseases.

Clinical trials are key for advancing medical knowledge and patient care. As an internationally recognized liver center, we collaborate with leading health care institutions around the world (e.g., National Institutes of Health) as well as industry partners, in developing innovative treatment and care strategies for our patients.

If you are interested to learn more about your eligibility for enrolment in clinical trials, please talk to your doctor. If you would like to find out more about ways to support our program, please ask our team members.​

 Latest News & Events

The Toronto Viral Hepatitis Care Network (VIRCAN)

VIRCAN project is a novel integrated health care delivery model to provide a comprehensive program of screening, treatment and care, research and education to patients with viral hepatitis, It is a structured academic-community partnership that will provide clients access from diagnosis to treatment to cure.

The official kickoff date of the project occurred on 28 July 2016. The ceremony along with the point-of-care testing took place at the Richmond Hill CareFirst Centre. There are 3 community clinic linkages set up within GTA. Each clinic is staffed with a doctor and nurse.

Conference Dates


Press Releases

 Our Fellowship Opportunities

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Hepatology Fellowship Opportunity

The Toronto Center for Liver Diseases at University Health Network Toronto invites applications for a one-year Clinical Hepatology Fellowship. The program consists of comprehensive clinical training in both inpatient and outpatient General Hepatology. Fellows also participate in weekly lectures, meetings, and conferences, and are involved in a variety of clinical and research activities which are tailored to their specific interests. Our ambulatory Liver Diseases Clinic is one of the largest in North America with 19,000 patient visits annually, and our clinic environment incorporates patient care with clinical and translational research activities. Our clinical Hepatologists all have extensive subspecialty practices in viral hepatitis, NAFLD, cholestatic liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. The program is well suited for Gastroenterology fellows seeking staff positions in Clinical Hepatology, Internal Medicine residents prior to continuing subspecialty training in Gastroenterology, or for the subspecialist with an interest in gaining further clinical experience in Hepatology.

Candidates should have completed GI/Hepatology training although we will consider applicants who have completed General Medicine residency training (or equivalent). Evidence of research or other scholarly activity in Hepatology is desirable. Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and cosmopolitan home to a diverse population of 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts, and culture, and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities.

For further information, please email our Fellowship Director Dr. Morven Cunningham or Program Coordinator Thanusha Rajathurai.

International Hepatology Elective Program

This Special International Hepatology Program offers students an opportunity to undertake clinical electives in the Francis Family Liver Clinic within the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease (TCLD).

Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine has taken the difficult decision to suspend all international elective programs at least until March 2022. We thank you for your interest and look forward to accepting new students once permitted.