Dr. Monika Sarkar is a transplant hepatologist and focuses on viral hepatitis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as well as liver disease in pregnancy. She has a particular research interest in women's health, including the role of sex hormones in the progression of liver disease. Dr. Sarkar supervises the training of medicine residents and both gastroenterology and liver transplant fellows. She earned her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco and completed internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed fellowships in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology, as well as her Masters in Clinical Research at UCSF.
Awards & Honors
RAP Pilot Award for Junior Investigators, UCSF, 2016-2017
UCSF Hellman Research Award, UCSF, 2016-2018
Liver Center Flex Funds, UCSF, 2015-2016
Liver Center Pilot/Feasibility Research Award, UCSF Liver Center, 2014-2015
Sheila Sherlock Career Development Research Award, AASLD, 2013-2015
My research program is focused on the role of sex hormones on liver injury in women, including the effects of reproductive aging, pregnancy, and androgens. I have a specific interest in young women with the hyperandrogenic condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome as these women are at high risk for developing Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and early onset liver scarring. Within the transplant setting I also study sex differences in waitlist and post transplant outcomes.
Grants & Funding
AASLD Sheila Sherlock Career Development Award, UCSF Liver Center Pilot Award
Most recent publications from a total of 16
Kardashian A, Ma Y, Scherzer R, Price JC, Sarkar M, Korn N, Tillinghast K, Peters MG, Noworolski SM, Tien PC. Sex differences in the association of HIV infection with hepatic steatosis. AIDS. 2016 Nov 7. View in PubMed
Sarkar M, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Terrault N, Yao F, Mehta N. Increased hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence in women compared to men with high alpha fetoprotein at liver transplant. Ann Hepatol. 2016 Jul-Aug; 15(4):545-9. View in PubMed
Kuniholm MH, O'Brien TR, Prokunina-Olsson L, Augenbraun M, Plankey M, Karim R, Sarkar M, French AL, Pierce C, Strickler HD, Anastos K. Association of Hepatitis C Virus Infection With CD4/CD8 Ratio in HIV-Positive Women. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Jun 1; 72(2):162-70. View in PubMed
Kelly EM, Dodge JL, Sarkar M, French AL, Tien PC, Glesby MJ, Golub ET, Augenbraun M, Plankey M, Peters MG. Marijuana Use Is Not Associated With Progression to Advanced Liver Fibrosis in HIV/Hepatitis C Virus-coinfected Women. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Aug 15; 63(4):512-8. View in PubMed
Mehta N, Sarkar M, Dodge JL, Fidelman N, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Intention to treat outcome of T1 hepatocellular carcinoma with the "wait and not ablate" approach until meeting T2 criteria for liver transplant listing. Liver Transpl. 2016 Feb; 22(2):178-87. View in PubMed
Sarkar M, Aouzierat B, Bacchetti P, Prokunina-Olsson L, French A, Seaberg E, O'Brien TR, Kuniholm MH, Minkoff H, Plankey M, Strickler HD, Peters MG. Association of IFNL3 and IFNL4 polymorphisms with liver-related mortality in a multiracial cohort of HIV/HCV-coinfected women. J Viral Hepat. 2015 Dec; 22(12):1055-60. View in PubMed
Sarkar M, Watt KD, Terrault N, Berenguer M. Outcomes in liver transplantation: does sex matter? J Hepatol. 2015 Apr; 62(4):946-55. View in PubMed
Sarkar M, Terrault NA. Ending vertical transmission of hepatitis B: the third trimester intervention. Hepatology. 2014 Aug; 60(2):448-51. View in PubMed
Sarkar M, Shvachko VA, Ready JB, Pauly MP, Terrault NA, Peters MG, Manos MM. Characteristics and management of patients with chronic hepatitis B in an integrated care setting. Dig Dis Sci. 2014 Sep; 59(9):2100-8. View in PubMed
Mehta N, Fidelman N, Sarkar M, Yao FY. Factors associated with outcomes and response to therapy in patients with infiltrative hepatocellular carcinoma. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 May; 11(5):572-8. View in PubMed
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