Michigan Medicine and Henry Ford participate in first American Liver Foundation-Michigan Chapter’s “Academic Debates”

December 4, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Accolades and Milestones

On Thursday, November 29, Drs. Sean Bhalla, Brian Nadeau, Vincent Chen and Mary Thomson of the University of Michigan’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology participated in the first American Liver Foundation-Michigan Chapter’s “Academic Debates” in Novi, Michigan.

They participated in the event alongside with Fellow representatives from Henry Ford Hospital and everyone presented compelling data-driven presentations, coupled with succinct evidence-based point-by-point rebuttals on 2 topics. The topics for the debate were challenging in nature and very current to key topics in liver disease. Drs. Bhalla and Nadeau debated the argument for needle exchange programs and the reduction of HCV transmission among injection users. Drs. Chen and Thomson debated waiting periods for transplanting patients with alcohol-induced liver disease and why they should be determined on a case-by-case basis. They were mentored by Dr. Pratima Sharma and Dr. Hari Conjeevaram along with advice from other faculty.

Both teams presented their key points well and the final decision – which went in favor of Michigan Medicine for both the debates – was extremely close.

Thank you to the American Liver Foundation-Michigan Chapter for hosting such an exciting event and congratulations to Drs. Bhalla, Nadeau, Chen and Thomson, for representing U-M’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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