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Hepatitis C and Liver Disease
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)

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Bobby Zervos, DO

  • Transplant Hepatologist
  • Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Nearly 4 million Americans are currently infected with the Hepatitis C virus which can lead to liver disease, the primary reason for liver transplantation in the United States. Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the liver and can develop into chronic hepatitis. Sometimes the patient’s virus will become chronic and in some cases lead to extensive scarring of the liver, a condition known as cirrhosis.

Unsuccessful response to treatment of cirrhosis or liver disease caused by hepatitis C can cause the liver to progressively shut down or fail. When conservative treatment such as diet and medicine do not improve the patient’s health, transplantation is an accepted treatment for patients with advanced liver disease. Cleveland Clinic Florida launched their transplant program in 2013 as an extension of the Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center in Ohio. We provide a full continuum of care for patients with end-stage liver disease as well as clinical evaluations during the pre-evaluation phase for liver transplant surgery and lifetime follow-up care of the graft and the patient.

Bobby Zervos, DO is a transplant hepatologist in the Department of Gastroenterology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He is board-certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology. Dr. Zervos specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of liver disease, including liver transplantation. His specialty interests include cirrhosis, hepatic encephalopathy, ascites, Hepatitis B & C, hepatocellular carcinoma, Alpha-1-Antitrypsin, cholangiocarcinoma, drug hepatitis, fatty liver disease, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, carcinoid, autoimmune hepatitis, portal hypertension and Budd-Chiari syndrome.

Log on to speak with a Cleveland Clinic Florida Hepatology specialist about treatment options for Hepatitis C related liver disease, including organ transplantation surgery.

To make an appointment with Bobby Zervos, DO, Transplant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist or any of the other specialists in the Department of Gastroenterology at Cleveland Clinic Florida, please call 877.463.2010. You can also visit us online at www.clevelandclinicflorida.org.

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