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Elena was born and raised right here in Houston, and is married to her husband, Joe. Elena and Joe have two children,  Joe and Michelle.

Elena came to our family at Liver Specialists of Texas after spending twenty years at Rice University in the Human Resources Department. Elena left her full-time job at Rice in 2010 to stay at home and become the primary caregiver for her mother-in-law who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. This care giving experience has given Elena a look at long-term chronic disease, and the effect it can have on families.

Elena has also had a family member with liver disease, who has undergone liver transplantation. With this knowledge, Elena has the empathy and understanding to know first-hand what our patients experience through the liver disease and transplantation journey.

Elena currently lives with her husband and daughter, while her son lives in California, with his wife and two children. Her son Joe is serving our country as a United States Marine. Her two grandchildren, provide Elena with much joy. 

In her free time, Elena loves to spend time with her siblings and being crafty, including decorating our office for every holiday. Elena’s dream is to one day see a cure for liver disease, while continuing to be a part of the team here at Liver Specialists of Texas.

Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

Obesity, and all of its related complications, is more serious than most adults in America believe. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. We are seeing an increase in the number of young children and adolescents developing obesity, and all of the related complications.

The cost of obesity is staggering, with annual medical cost of obesity exceeding $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team are dedicated to evaluate, treat, and manage all aspects of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD and NASH), including the complication of cirrhosis and liver failure. Developing a customized plan of care for each patient they see is their objective.

Liver Transplant Resources

Dr. Galati has been involved in Liver Transplantation since 1989. As Medical Director for the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Galati has cared for thousands of patients with advanced liver disease. In those with the most severe form of advanced liver disease and cirrhosis, liver transplantation is a life-saving surgery. For more information on liver transplantation, click here.

Indications for liver transplant include:

Online LIVER Second Opinion

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    From the comfort of your home, without the need to spend additional money on travel, lodging, and food, receive and expert second opinion from the expert physicians at Liver Specialists of Texas

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    There are five steps in the process of requesting a second opinion. We anticipate the steps will take you about 30-65 minutes to complete.

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    Have your medical records or those of your loved one on hand as you fill out the medical history questionnaire portion of the online process. The medical history questionnaire is detailed so having medical records to quickly reference will help make the process more efficient.

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    To start the process of an Online Liver Second Opinion, please fill out the initial contact form and fax back to our office. A representative from our office will call you for additional details.