Medical Director of the Pasadena Liver Center
Director California Liver Research Institute (CLRI)
Dr. Edward Mena is a world renowned hepatologist and the Director of the Pasadena Liver Center and California Liver Research Institute (CLRI).
After obtaining his undergrad degree at UCLA and medical degree at USC. Dr. Mena completed his residency at White Memorial Medical Center where he became the chief resident. Following this, he completed his fellowship in hepatology at USC Ranchos Los Amigos Medical Center/ Liver Unit.
Dr. Mena has been serving the Los Angeles community for the past 20 years. During this time, he established a multi-disciplinary center called the Pasadena Liver Center in 2007 with fellow collaborators to provide treatment options for patients with advanced liver disease. As the medical director of the Pasadena Liver Center, he coordinates all aspects of both inpatient and outpatient care. In addition, he has been instrumental in improving the treatment of liver diseases. He established a collaboration with the Cedars-Sinai and USC Liver transplant teams that facilitate the management of liver cancer and liver transplant cases. This revolutionary program created an outpatient treatment center for hepatocellular carcinoma patients, bringing together patients and doctors that provided a more efficient process of administering treatments.
In 2016, Dr. Mena established a research institute called the California Liver Research Institute (CLRI). CLRI is a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of treatment and curing of all forms of liver diseases. Since its inception, Dr. Mena has coordinated over 20 clinical trials. Under Dr. Mena’s directorship, the Pasadena Liver Center and CLRI have become one of the busiest and the most successful liver centers in the Los Angeles area.
In addition to overseeing both his clinic and research institute, Dr. Mena is a tireless advocate for the awareness of liver disease in the community. He coordinates awareness programs for the Latino and Asian communities that encourage the screening of liver diseases such as fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, HCC, and hepatitis C and B viruses (HCV/HBV).
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Mena has had many rewarding experiences mentoring residents and medical doctors at all levels and provides opportunities for them to collaborate with him on various publications and research studies. In 2019, Dr. Mena was awarded the Hispanic Health Leadership Award by the National Hispanic Health Foundation in recognition for his strong leadership in the health community. In 2020, Dr. Mena was awarded the Health Care Visionary award through the American Liver Foundation. Also in 2020, Dr. Mena was awarded the Fellowship of the American Association for the advancement of Liver Disease (AASLD).