Date of event
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 1:00 pm -
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:00 pm
Add to Calendar 2019-12-12 13:00:00 2019-12-12 14:00:00 Cannabis and the Liver: Update for the Hepatologist Webinar The goal of this webinar is two-fold Educate providers about cannabis, its components and potential implications regarding its use either recreationally or medically Review the literature regarding potential harms/benefits of cannabis in patients with liver disease AASLD America/New_York public

Content Contributor

Clinical Practice SIG


Stephen E. Congly, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACP
Kevork Peltekian, MD, FRCPC


Stephen E. Congly, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACP


Use of cannabis is growing in the population with increased interest in potential medicinal use as well as recreational use depending on the jurisdiction. Given this, clinicians need to have an understanding about cannabis and its potential impacts on liver disease. This webinar will provide attendees information about cannabis, its major components (THC/CBD) as well as discuss potential policy implications regarding transplantation. As well, the literature regarding safety and potential benefits/harms will be reviewed in detail.

Presenter Bio

Kevork Peltekian, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Peltekian is the head of Division of Digestive Care and Endoscopy at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and Professor of Medicine and Surgery at Dalhousie University. Since 1995, he has been practicing as a specialist in liver disease and transplantation in Nova Scotia. Over the years, Dr. Peltekian has been frequently recognized for excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate education as well as research. He has over 80 peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals. Over the years, he has held major leadership roles with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Liver Foundation 2005-2009 and President of the Canadian Association for Study of Liver 2012-2014.

For his volunteer work and contributions to the fight against liver disease, Dr. Peltekian was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2017, Dr. Peltekian received the CASL Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions to the practice of Hepatology in Canada. He has been a member of AASLD since 1993.

Dr. Kevork Peltekian

Presenter / Moderator Bio

Stephen E. Congly, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACP

Dr. Stephen Congly is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology with a practice consisting of both general and transplant hepatology. He completed his internal medicine and gastroenterology training at the University of Calgary and subsequently a fellowship in Hepatology at the University of Calgary and in Transplant Hepatology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

He has a Master of Science in Health Economics, Policy and Management from the London School of Economics and is a member of the O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary. His research interests include health technology assessment, resource utilization, hepatocellular carcinoma and liver transplantation.

Dr. Stephen E. Congly