B Free CEED Hosts Cross-Cultural Learning Exchange With Hepatologists From China

November 04, 2009

China-US Learning ExchangeNew York, NY -- NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital hosted nearly 50 hepatologists from different areas of China for an international learning exchange on hepatitis B. The half-day discussion, entitled “The Global Problem of Hepatitis B: Sharing Experiences from China and New York City,” engaged clinicians, researchers and public health professionals about hepatitis B treatment, care and prevention efforts in NYC and China.

Dr. Henry Pollack provided an overview of the collaborative projects by NYU Langone Medical Center, B Free CEED and the Asian American Hepatitis B Project to eliminate hepatitis B disparities in API communities. A panel discussion featured experts including Dr. Vinh Pham, Director of the Adult Hepatitis B Clinic at Bellevue Hospital, Dr Umut Sarpel, Assistant Professor of Surgery, and Dr. Su Wang, Assistant Director of Medical Affairs at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.

The panel examined the various approaches to HBV and findings from hospitals and community clinics. Dr. Sarpel provided an overview of liver cancer cases at Bellevue from 2003 to 2009. Of the 387 liver cancer cases, 45% were of Asian ethnicity and two times more likely to be male. Dr. Wang presented the perspective of a community clinic in screening and treating HBV in lower Manhattan, and the high prevalence of HBV found among immigrants from the Fujian area in China.

Following the panel discussion, participants exchanged experiences with screening methods, treatment options and barriers identifying HBV infected persons in their own country and community.