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Lauren Thomas, R.N.
Lauren Thomas was born and raised in St. Martinville, Louisiana and has lived in Houston since 2004. She attended Louisiana State University from 1998- 2000 and transferred to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for nursing school. Lauren graduated in 2003 with honors in a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
Lauren has been a registered nurse for 6 years, first working as an ICU nurse at the Methodist Hospital from 2004 until 2007. She began graduate school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2006 and graduated in 2008 with an Masters in Science Nursing. She is holds a national certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
 Lauren began practicing as a nurse practitioner in 2008 in cardiology at Cardiology Center of Houston. In 2009 she joined Liver Specialists of Texas. Since joining Liver Specialists of Texas, Lauren has become dedicated to treating patients with liver disease, and believes strongly that educating the patient and their family members about liver disease is paramount.
She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Houston Area Nurse Practitioners, and is licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  Lauren’s non-work interests include traveling, cooking, and shopping. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Art.
Listen to Lauren and Dr. Galati discuss hepatitis C management issues here.

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.