Podcasts - Episode Three

Episode 3: Screening for NAFLD and NASH


In this podcast, AGA Institute’s NASH: Take Action! Steering Committee members talk to global leaders in gastroenterology, hepatology, endocrinology and primary care about the real-world, practical implications of screening, diagnosing and managing people with NAFLD and NASH. In this episode we’re talking about screening people for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in the primary care setting.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this podcast, listeners will be able to:

  • Describe risk factors and risk stratification for NASH
  • Discuss criteria for screening patients at high risk for NASH 
  • Understand screening methods for NAFLD and NASH
  • Describe emerging screening tools

Key Takeaways

  • Patients who are obese, over 50, have type 2 diabetes, and/or have two or more factors associated with the metabolic syndrome should be screened for NAFLD/NASH.
  • Primary care providers can use results of basic laboratory blood tests and patient age to begin stratifying risk of NAFLD-related liver fibrosis.
  • Results of noninvasive tests to assess liver stiffness can be used to further stratify risk once other forms of hepatitis have been ruled out.


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This activity is accredited through Sep. 30, 2022.

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Hosts: Fasiha Kanwal, MD, Baylor College of Medicine; Kenneth Cusi, MD, University of Florida; Jay Shubrook, DO, Touro University

Guest: Kim Pfotenhauer, DO, Michigan State University; Eugene Wright, MD, Duke University

Created by: Knighten Health, LLC

Produced and edited by: Nick Jaworksi

Cover art: THOR Design Studio


Fasiha Kanwal discloses no conflicts.

Kenneth Cusi has received research support for the University of Florida as principal investigator from Cirius, Echosens, Inventiva, Novo Nordisk, Poxel and Zydus and is a consultant for Allergan, Arrowhead, Astra-Zeneca, Axcella, BMS, Boehringer Ingelheim, Coherus, Eli Lilly, Fractyl, Hanmi, Genentech, Gilead, HighTide, Inventiva, Intercept, Ionis, Janssen, Pfizer, Poxel, Prosciento, Madrigal, and Novo Nordisk.

Jay H. Shubrook has served as an advisor to Sanofi, Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Bayer, and MannKind.

Kim Pfotenhauer and Eugene Wright disclose no conflicts.


American Gastroenterological Association


This podcast series was supported by an independent medical education grant from Novo Nordisk Inc.