AASLD Foundation was established in 2014 with the help of incredible financial commitment and dedication of industry and private foundations, and many generous individuals who supported the creation of this charitable organization. Since then, hundreds of donors have helped make more advances in liver disease possible through their generous donations.

Thank You

We are honored to bestow recognition on our annual fund donors who support our work each year. Know that when you allow us to recognize your generosity, you can also inspire others to similar acts. Here are a few of the ways we thank our donors for investing in our work.

  • Acknowledgement in popular member communications, on the AASLD Foundation website and during The Liver Meeting®
  • Special access to AASLD/AASLD Foundation activities, including VIP seating for select sessions at The Liver Meeting®
  • Access to exclusive VIP Lounge at The Liver Meeting® with refreshments and concierge-like services for donors who give $500+ (subject to change at AASLD Foundation’s discretion)

We would like to express our gratitude to the following companies that came together in 2015 to contribute gifts and pledges of more than $2 million to fund the creation of AASLD Foundation. Their support continues to sustain our programming, nearly four years later. We applaud them for their vision and are grateful for their generosity.

AASLD Foundation is grateful to our donors who contributed to our mission through their generous charitable donations. View a full list of our donors.

Corporate and Foundation donors sustain progress in hepatology through their untiring commitment to investing in research and training. We applaud these efforts and gratefully acknowledge the following companies and foundations that have made donations and grants to support AASLD Foundation’s initiatives or its current Tomorrow’s Cures Campaign.

As a Foundation donor or grantor, your investment in hepatology will be used to reach our $12.5 million goal for our Tomorrow’s Cures campaign. It will also reach across all of our charter initiatives, including research and career development awards, advance hepatology training efforts, and public outreach through Fundamentals of Liver Disease.

Your investment in AASLD Foundation comes with tremendous benefits and will be stewarded with the utmost care. When you become a donor, we showcase your support of our mission to the entire hepatology community through promotion of your philanthropy at our meetings and in our communications. Supporters also enjoy opportunities for strategic AASLD Foundation briefings and a closer connection to future hepatology leaders through ongoing stewardship.

Contact us to find out how we can work together to ensure tomorrow’s cures for liver disease.

AASLD Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following companies and foundations that have made donations and grants to support the Foundation’s initiatives and its new Tomorrow’s Cures campaign.





Listing includes pledges, grants and donations committed during the campaign period of August 1, 2017 through October 4, 2018.

The AASLD Foundation’s Tribute Funds provide a personal way to honor and remember loved ones affected by liver disease. Contact us at foundation@aasld.org if you would like additional information about establishing a Tribute Fund.

Kimmy's Liver Research Fund
Kimmy’s Liver Research Fund was established in 2018 by Hoss Said, MBA, in honor of his former wife, Kim Ostrom who passed away from liver disease.

Named Funds

AASLD Foundation’s Named Funds offer a way for family members, colleagues, and others to commemorate a loved one who has been impacted by liver disease, to honor a mentor dedicated to the discovery of better treatment options and more cures for liver disease, or to provide vital funds for Foundation initiatives for which a donor seeks to support in a significant way.

These Funds provide a wonderful way to ensure stable funding for the Foundation’s work and lead to better liver health through innovative research and training. Donors can choose to establish short-term Funds or endowed Funds.

  • The Anna S. Lok Fund for Excellence in Research and Training
  • The Luxon Family Fund for Emerging Hepatology Scholars
  • The Gupta Family Research Award for Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
  • The Autoimmune Hepatitis Research Fund

The Anna S. Lok Fund for Excellence in Research and Training

Anna S. Lok, MD, FAASLD has established an endowment to support AASLD Foundation’s Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award, which encourages exceptional hepatology trainees to choose academic careers in hepatology.

The Anna S. Lok Fund for Excellence in Research and Training represents the largest gift from an AASLD member in the Foundation’s history, and it makes Dr. Lok the first Champion Giving Circle Member for the Foundation’s Tomorrow’s Cures Campaign.

“The hepatology community has been kind to me – embracing and nurturing me in my early years, providing me with opportunity to grow and lead, and more recently, recognizing and rewarding me for years of hard work. Because of this, I want to give back, and the Tomorrow’s Cures Campaign provides the perfect opportunity to make an immediate and long-lasting impact,” explains Dr. Lok who is Co-Chair of the Leadership Gifts Division of the campaign.

By supporting the Tomorrow’s Cures Campaign, Dr. Lok is helping AASLD Foundation fund more meritorious liver disease research, address new research needs in hepatology, build a robust workforce of physicians and health care professionals trained to care for people with liver disease, and create opportunities to increase the public’s awareness of liver diseases.

Since the inception of the Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award, five of Dr. Lok’s fellows have received the Award under her mentorship. This demonstrates Dr. Lok’s passion for mentorship and her commitment to the future of hepatology.

“We need bright, young physicians and researchers to get into the field, to stay in the field, and to work together to find ways by which we can diagnose liver diseases earlier and discover more treatments and cures,” explains Dr. Lok of her decision to set up the endowment. “I feel strongly about helping the next generation of hepatologists because I recognize how much my mentors and my early training shaped me and helped me get to where I am today.”

Dr. Lok is the Immediate Past President of AASLD and serves as the Alice Lohrman Andrews Research Professor in Hepatology at the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is also Director of Clinical Hepatology and Assistant Dean for Clinical Research in the Medical School.

Dr. Lok’s research focuses on the natural history and treatment of hepatitis B and C and the prevention of liver cancer. She has trained more than 50 fellows and junior faculty from all over the world and has been recognized by her institution — and across the medical community — not only for her research, but also for her mentorship and commitment to the field.

Support the Lok Fund.

Memorial Travel Award Program

The AASLD Foundation Memorial Travel Award Program was created to allow individuals to be honored by naming travel awards after them.

Contact Us

To learn more about how you can support liver disease research and training, contact us at 703-299-9766, or email Foundation@aasld.org.