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ECMC Hepatology Medical Director Dr. Anthony Martinez Appointed Co-Chair of Chronic Liver Disease Foundation HCV Committee

BUFFALO, NEW YORK—Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation Hepatology Medical Director Dr. Anthony Martinez was recently appointed co-chair of the Chronic Liver Disease Foundation HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) Committee.

The Chronic Liver Disease Foundation, Inc., based in Clark, New Jersey, is comprised of leading hepatology specialists committed to raising awareness of the effects of chronic liver disease (“CLD”) and sharing latest insights and analyses with the global healthcare community and patients.

Anthony Martinez, MD, AAHIVS, FAALSD, is Medical Director of the Center for Hepatology Care at ECMC where he cares for patients with liver disease and addiction disorders, including opiate dependency, viral hepatitis, alcoholic and fatty liver disease.  His clinic “La Bodega” has been recognized both nationally and internationally as a novel co-localized model for the management of viral hepatitis and addiction disorders.  His team’s work has been presented at the annual liver meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver; the annual conference of the International Network On Viral Hepatitis in Substance Users; and at the International Liver Congress.

Dr. Martinez is also Associate Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences where he was awarded the Clinical Faculty for Scholarship and nominated for the Siegel Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Martinez has lectured around the world on Hepatitis C management among people with substance use disorders.  His research involves improving hepatitis C treatment in populations disproportionately affected by HCV, particularly people who inject drugs.  He has been a primary and co-investigator on numerous clinical trials related to new therapeutic agents for hepatitis C and fatty liver disease, and he is board certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.  A fierce advocate, he works to eliminate hepatitis C treatment restrictions throughout the United States and in Europe.  Dr. Martinez is a Fellow of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease where he serves on the HCV special interest group steering committee; the European Association for the Study of The Liver; and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

The Center for Hepatology Care at ECMC is a key location for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) management in Western New York, treating thousands of patients since its inception and it is now a well-established, sustainable program for primary care, comprehensive liver disease, and substance use management.  The Center’s multidisciplinary model includes: medical providers; nursing/nurse educators; case management; and access to drug and mental health counselors, dieticians, and pharmacists.  The Center has established relationships with several community organizations including substance and alcohol use treatment facilities, behavioral health counseling centers, regional holding centers/jails, and County Departments of Health.  The Center for Hepatology Care works in conjunction with each of these organizations as collaborators.  Center caseworkers regularly visit the partner sites to provide HCV education and link new patients to care.  For more information about ECMC Hepatitis C treatment, visit the Center for Hepatology Care at ECMC at: or call 716-898-6410.

ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (ECMC) CORPORATION: The ECMC Corporation was established as a New York State Public Benefit Corporation and since 2004 has included an advanced academic medical center with 573 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility. ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan. More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences – the difference between healthcare and true care.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHRONIC LIVER DISEASE FOUNDATION, INC.: The Chronic Liver Disease Foundation, Inc. (the “Foundation”) is a nonprofit corporation recognized as tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).  The mission of the Foundation is to provide health care professionals and patients with the most current information on CLD through educational and outreach programs.  These programs are designed so physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists, and all other similar healthcare providers have information about the latest medical developments and their implications for patient care.  The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees and all Trustees serve without compensation.  All grants received by the Foundation go towards educational and outreach programs.  The Foundation was established solely to advance educational and charitable purposes.  The Foundation has set high ethical standards for its Trustees, officers, advisors, and employees, including, among other things, by using the Foundation’s funds prudently, taking measures to act with integrity, and adhering to a conflict of interest policy.  The Foundation engages a large group of leading faculty experts to deliver educational updates on behalf of the Foundation.

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