Inland Empire Liver Foundation (IELF) aims to improve liver disease awareness and education to patients and medical providers. IELF is governed and managed by a group of hepatologists and gastroenterologists interested in helping and caring for patients with liver disease. IELF is located in the Inland Empire area where we serve a large number of patients who are in dire need of liver disease treatment, for conditions such as hepatitis C and liver transplantation. IELF offers help to care for adults and children patients who do not have medical insurance coverage and need medical evaluation and treatment. IELF will help children and adult liver patients who need liver transplantation. This includes referral to liver transplantation center, education, and in some instance providing medications to patients after liver transplantation. Our mission is to increase the education and the knowledge of liver disease and screening for community physicians by providing educational materials and lectures or seminars. Physicians can also access the site to ask questions and gather relevant medical information and articles. A medical provider at IELF is always available to answer community physician questions by calling the office directly. Patient support group is an opportunity for patients to gather and share their real life experience and ask each other questions pertinent to their disease. Through this group patients can learn from each other and set the expectations relevant to their disease. The patient support group at IELF is led and conducted by a real life patient who underwent liver transplantation or experienced a serious liver condition. Patients can join this group by signing in and filling out a simple request form. IELF looks forward to working with community health activists and leaders on getting their support to its activity and extending the help that is needed for our patients in Inland Empire area of Southern California.
Zeid Kayali, MD, MBA
Dr. Kayali is the medical director of Inland Empire Liver Foundation. He is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology/Hepatology and Liver Transplantation. After receiving his medical degree from Aleppo University in Syria, he joined Northwestern University, Gastroenterology Division in Chicago as a research fellow mentored by Professor Terrence Barrett, MD. Then he concluded three years of internal medicine residency at St Joseph Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Kayali then moved to University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles where he did one year of fellowship in Clinical Hepatology at the renowned Rancho Los Amigos Liver Unit. Then he concluded three years of gastroenterology fellowship at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City and USC, Los Angeles. He started his academic career in 2005 at Loma Linda University in California as Assistant Professor of medicine and took the challenge early in his career to become the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at Loma Linda in 2006-2011. He moved back to USC as Associate Professor of Medicine from 2011-2014. He earned his Master in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business, Malibu, California in 2008-2010. During his career, Dr. Kayali built a comprehensive outreach system for liver diseases in Inland Empire area of California and Las Vegas area. These outreach clinics helped and served thousands of patients who needed liver disease care and liver transplantation. He served as a member of United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) regional board and American Association for The Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) committees. He is a member of multiple medical journal reviewer panels. He established Inland Empire Liver Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to serve and help underserved population who need liver disease and liver transplantation care and to increase liver disease awareness in these communities. He authorized and published multiple studies and articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. He received multiple research grants and has an active clinical trials center for hepatology, gastroenterology, obesity and metabolic syndrome in Rialto, California.
Yvonne Hu, NP
Yvonne received her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She started her career as a registered nurse, and later pursued her Master of Science in Nursing from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Yvonne is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.