The Texas Liver Institute opened a Dallas Office in 2020. The office is run by Dr. Rita Lepe who serves as Director of Hepatology Health Disparities Studies.
Our office offers hepatology services for all types of patients including alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatitis B & C, drug induced liver disease, autoimmune liver diseases as well as outpatient management of cirrhosis and liver cancer.
In addition, noninvasive imaging services (Fibroscan) will be available to stage liver disease.
Center for Health Care Disparity Studies
Young adults are one of the fastest growing populations affected by fatty liver disease due to rising rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes mellitus. This rising trend is especially worrisome in the Hispanic population.
Dr. Lepe is the Director of TLI’s Center for Health Care Disparity Studies and is interested in studying the factors that affect liver related disease mortality across different populations. Given the fact that the Dallas-Fort Worth area is a diverse population will allow us to address different needs of different groups in order to improve long-term outcomes and attempt to achieve equity.
About Dr. Lepe
She is the past recipient of the American Liver Foundation Young Investigator Award (2004) and the Latino Leaders Maestro Award (2010). She is a member of many medical societies including the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), American Gastroenterology Association (AGA), American Society of Transplantation (AST) and the North Texas Latin American Physician Association (NTLAPA).
Dr. Lepe is fluent in Spanish, actively volunteers in community service and does medical missionary work in Latin America.