William Remak, BSc MT, BPH
Chairman/CEO | California Hepatitis C Task Force, Inc.
William (Bill) Remak, is a Medical Technologist, patient advocate, and former faculty member of the University of California, San Francisco. He also has a Bachelors’ of Science in Public Health Administration from San Francisco State University. In 1994, Bill became a volunteer for the American Liver Foundation (ALF) and after a year joined the Board of Directors at the Northern California Chapter. He participated in helping organize education meetings, fundraising events and galas while running a support group for transplant patients and people suffering from liver diseases in Marin County and Sonoma County. He continued his activities in support of the ALF board and termed off the executive board in 2002. Next he formed non-profits in support of liver patients and people with chronic diseases. Remak has worked in close collaboration with the ALF Board and the Medical Advisory Board on advocacy and educational outreach campaigns for 21 years.
Bill is the founder and CEO of the California Hepatitis C Task Force and current Chairman of the National Association of Hepatitis Task Forces. He is also a founding board member of the California Chronic Care Coalition in Sacramento and Executive Director of the National Working Group on Evidence Based Healthcare in Alexandria, Virginia. He serves on the community advisor board to the VA National Hepatitis C Program. He sits on the community advisory board of Partnership Health Plan of California. He is a member of the World Hepatitis Alliance that provides patient engagement in the decision making process on viral hepatitis to the World Health Organization of the United Nations. He formerly served as Board Chairman and president of Impact House, a Transitional Housing Non-profit agency serving people in recovery and the homeless in Merced, CA. He is also a founding board member and advocacy director of the FAIR Foundation, a national research advocacy organization seeking reforms in our nation’s organ transplant and NIH research policies. Bill is a core advocate for the political action that led to the creation of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and sat on the task force that developed its operational strategy.
He has been an active driver of this research with the Americans for Cures Foundation and is one of its outspoken designated ambassadors. He is a cancer survivor, has twice received a liver transplant, and is a diabetic. He is an active member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, now in his 30th year. He is the recipient of the 2013 and 2016 National Health Pioneer Award for Hepatitis Advocacy from the Georgia Doty HIV and Hepatitis Outreach Foundation, Chicago, IL. He has written numerous articles and is a well sought after national speaker on patient advocacy issues and healthcare innovation. He enjoys reading, writing, sailing, swimming, hiking in California’s state parks, going to movies, museums and fine dining. He has four grown children and three grandchildren. Bill is a native of San Anselmo, Marin County, California and currently resides in Petaluma, minutes away from the beautiful wine district in Sonoma County, California.