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Asian Pacific Liver Center


 Asian Pacific Liver Center - St. Vincent Medical Center

About Us

The Asian Pacific Liver Center (APLC) is an innovative, comprehensive program designed to meet the needs of patients, families and community groups. Our full range of medical services takes patients from testing and counseling to treatment and ongoing monitoring, all in a culturally sensitive and confidential environment. When appropriate, we connect patients and referring physicians to other St. Vincent Medical Center services and resources.

The APLC also serves family members and friends who may be infected by hepatitis. Our community outreach program is designed to educate people about the dangers of hepatitis and liver disease and the steps they can take to protect themselves. Our medical experts are available to talk to community groups and coordinate large-scale testing. In addition, we provide the opportunity for patients to participate in pioneering medical research projects.

Although our focus is on the prevention and treatment of hepatitis B, we provide screening and other services related to other forms of hepatitis, as well as comprehensive testing and treatment for a wide range of liver diseases and conditions.


About St. Vincent Medical Center

Providing compassionate healthcare for those who need hope and healing has been the mission of St. Vincent Medical Center for over 150 years. Located just west of downtown Los Angeles, St. Vincent is a world-renowned, 347-bed state-of-the-art facility offering comprehensive medical services, including acute, tertiary and primary care.

Residents of the Los Angeles region, as well as individuals from around the globe, seek the hospital’s services in multi-organ transplantation, spinal surgery, joint replacement, general orthopedics, cancer treatment, cardiac surgery, cardiovascular services, thoracic surgery, electrophysiology, interventional radiology and the multi-disciplinary therapies available from the House Ear and Neurosurgery Center.

St. Vincent Medical Center’s medical excellence is complemented by its community outreach programs, which offer health screenings, diabetes education, after-school activities and other services targeting high-risk populations.

St. Vincent Medical Center is part of the Verity Health System, a nonprofit healthcare system spanning the California coast. We are committed to caring for the whole person—body, mind and spirit.

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The Asian Pacific Liver Center (APLC) provides comprehensive screening, vaccination, and preventive education for those at risk of developing hepatitis and provides innovative treatment and surveillance to those people who are affected with hepatitis and associated liver diseases. This integrates education, research, and science to potentially eradicate the disease within the community.

The treatment or surveillance services are provided by a multi-disciplinary team in close collaboration with the individual patient’s primary care physician. Additionally, the APLC partners with appropriate organizations to provide screening and education services in the community through health fairs and other public events.

Learn how you can get the potentially lifesaving hepatitis B test. Watch a video interview of APLC Program Director Tse-Ling Fong, MD and APLC Medical Director Ho Bae, MD.

The Asian Pacific Liver Center is led by two distinguished local physicians and talented staff, all of whom are dedicated to serving patients, community groups and referring physicians with the latest breakthroughs and resources in the diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases.


Tse-Ling Fong, MD
Program Director

Dr. Fong is an associate professor of medicine and medical director of the liver transplant program at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine. A graduate of the USC School of Medicine, Dr. Fong completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in hepatology and gastroenterology at LAC/USC Medical Center. He also served as a clinical associate in the liver diseases section at the National Institutes for Health, where he conducted research on hepatitis. Dr. Fong is board-certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology. With more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals, he continues to conduct research in viral hepatitis and liver transplantation.


Ho Bae, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Bae earned his medical degree at and completed a residency in internal medicine at LAC/USC Medical Center. Along the way, he received several awards, including the Brautbar Resident Teaching Award and the award for best senior resident. He completed fellowships in hepatology at LAC/USC Medical Center and in gastroenterology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA. He is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. Bae is actively involved in patient and physician education regarding chronic hepatitis B and other aspects of liver disease.

Since 2008, Dr. Bae has conducted numerous research projects on liver diseases and chronic hepatitis issues through funding from various organizations. His research includes studies and assessments of chronic hepatitis B and C prevalence in and effects on the Asian American community, and evaluation of safety and efficacy of HBV treatments. His research findings were shared by publications in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis, Digestive Diseases & Science, and Oncotarget.


Mimi Chang, DNP
Nurse Practitioner

A native of South Korea, Mimi Chang earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Yonsei University in Seoul, a master of science in nursing and family nurse practitioner degree from the University of California—Los Angeles (UCLA), and a doctorate degree in nursing practice from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Ms. Chang is the Program Manager who was instrumental in founding the Asian Pacific Liver Center (APLC) and has extensive experience in the specialty of liver disease including testing, treatment, monitoring, outreach, and education of hepatitis in the Asian American community. Her practicum is composed of the scores of non-profit, community-based and public health agencies she coordinates to mobilize behind the APLC programs. Working with APLC staff and volunteers, many communities at risk have rallied behind her to eradicate the hepatitis virus in Southern California. She has worked as a critical care nurse, nurse coordinator and nurse practitioner in the Los Angeles area for over 30 years. She has participated in approximately 20 research projects over the past 10 years through funding from various organizations. She has worked as Sub-PI and study coordinator in several clinical trials in the area of liver diseases including chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C, and liver cancer. Ms. Chang’s research has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Viral Hepatitis, Digestive Diseases & Science, and Oncotarget.

The Asian Pacific Liver Center partners with a number of community groups to raise awareness about the importance of hepatitis testing and treatment and to offer on-site screenings and education. Our partners include KHEIR (the Korean Health Education Information & Resource Center), Chinese Christian Herald Crusades, the American Cancer Society, the Korean Nurses Association—Southern California, and the Hepatitis B Foundation.

Become a Partner

To learn how your group or organization can partner with the Asian Pacific Liver Center or to schedule a screening or community education event, call (888) 236-APLC [ 2752 ] or email us.

Benefits of Being a Partner

The APLC partners with community groups to raise awareness about the importance of hepatitis testing and treatment. We offer our community partners:

  • Presentations by our physicians
  • Educational materials
  • On-site testing at health fairs and other events
  • Multilingual and culturally sensitive staff