Liver and Kidney Disease Support Group

This unique educational series is designed for people with liver and kidney disease. Open to the community, it features a monthly guest speaker and a variety of health topics.

The lecture is followed by individual support groups for liver and kidney disease patients and their families. The goal is to help participants better manage their health, cope with the stresses associated with the transplant process and provide updates on treatment advances.

  • Guest speaker: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Support groups: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

June 3, 2015

Speaker: Catherine Frenette, MD
Taking care of yourself after transplant

Dr. Catherine Frenette will update you on what’s happening with liver disease management. She’ll review the latest trends, share what’s important treatment-wise for those with chronic liver disease or post-transplant concerns, and answer questions in her uniquely warm and caring style. As well as being Scripps medical director of liver transplantation, Dr. Frenette is one of our most popular physicians. As soon as you hear and meet her, you’ll know why.

July 1, 2015

Speaker: Ken Serio, MD
Taking the mystery out of what happens in the ICU

The intensive care unit (ICU) in any hospital is often an intense and emotionally overwhelming place where life and death decisions routinely happen. Scripps intensivist, Dr. Ken Serio, is a doctor who specializes in caring for patients in the ICU — patients so critically ill that doctors have to make bold decisions about their care. Join us for a personal tour of the ICU with Dr. Serio as he takes you behind the scenes to reveal what really goes on.

August 5, 2015

Speaker: Heather Patton, MD
Sleepless in San Diego? Maybe you have a sleep disorder

In San Diego there are a handful of hepatologists-gastroenterologists specializing in the treatment of liver diseases. Dr. Heather Patton, from Kaiser and board-certified in transplant hepatology, is one. Dr. Patton will discuss her approach to the diagnosis and management of liver disease. Many of you may already feel she’s your kind of doctor by her statement about patient and caregiver education.

September 2, 2015

Speaker: Randy Schaffer, MD
The transplant surgeon who listens to his patients

Dr. Randy Schaffer is known and respected for his skills as a transplant surgeon. But his patients value him just as much for his commitment to listening to them and answering the many questions that come with a transplant evaluation. Dr. Schaffer has been one of our transplant surgeons since 2003. He also heads the living donor part of our program and chairs the ethics committee for Scripps Green Hospital. In his presentation, he will address liver allocation, discuss the proposed changes for transplant and answer questions.

October 7, 2015

*Speaker: Zaccario Tramontana, PhD

  • A plan for handling stress for patients and caregivers*

Dr. Tramontana specializes in helping people who are having difficulty coping with the stress of chronic illness, especially when it affects their overall well-being. As a licensed clinical psychologist who works through the Scripps Clinic Division of Mental Health, Dr. Tramontana helps patients and their caregivers develop a plan and the skills required to deal effectively with the strain medical problems present. He’ll share his special expertise with you and answer your questions, as well.

November 4, 2015

Speaker: Debra Lobatz, MFT
Stress less: Learn how to do it

Often patients with chronic conditions, along with their family and friends, assume that stress and anxiety are part of the condition. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Debra Lobatz, a licensed marriage and family counselor, returns to our support group with practical, doable approaches and suggestions to help better manage stress and anxiety, and change the quality of life for the better. She invites your questions and concerns.

December 2, 2015

Speaker: Tarane Sondoozi, Psy.D.
A support group favorite returns with another uplifting message

Dr. Sondoozi is a psychologist who works through Scripps Mercy’s Employee Assistance Program. If you have been to a past support group where she was our featured speaker, you know the value of her inspirational presentation. If this will be your first time, you are in store for a truly life-changing evening. Dr. Sondoozi uses her personal experiences and past challenges to engage group members and to connect to those with chronic illnesses and potentially life-threatening diseases.

Scripps Green Hospital
10666 North Torrey Pines Rd.
Timken Amphitheater
San Diego, CA 92037 US 32.8969 -117.242
Event Details
Date Time Fee
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Free
Additional Dates
Date Time
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM