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Christina Kienast, RN, NP


Hepatology Nurse Practitioner , Advanced Practice Provider

Phone: 713-794-0700


Christina is our hospital based Nurse Practitioner at Liver Specialists of Texas.

I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I had the wonderful opportunity to live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 3 years growing up and travel the world.

I completed my nursing school at the University of Oklahoma, where I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I completed my nurse practitioner program at Texas Woman's University, obtaining my Masters of Science. 

I previously was a registered nurse at Houston Methodist Hospital for 5 and a half years, working on the heart failure floor. I then worked 1 and a half years in sleep medicine as a nurse practitioner.

I have now been working at Liver Specialists of Texas for almost four years now. I am always learning and intrigued with the liver. I love challenges in learning. Patient care and patient interaction is my favorite part of my job. I have the opportunity to see Dr. Galati's patients in the hospital. 

I am happily married to my husband Kurt. I  have a wonderful mother, father, younger sister and older brother. 

I love wake boarding, snow boarding, and traveling. 

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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.