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Jennifer C. Lai, M.D., M.B.A.

Jennifer C. Lai, M.D., M.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
General Hepatology and Liver Transplantation
Department of Medicine

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Academic Office
Division of Gastroenterology
513 Parnassus Avenue, Room S-357
San Francisco, CA 94143-0358
(415) 476-6422 - Phone
(415) 476-0659 - Fax
Jennifer.Lai@ucsf.edu
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  • Stanford University, BS, Biology, 1996-2000
  • Tufts University School of Medicine, MD, MBA, 2001-2005
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia, Intern, Internal Medicine, 2005-2006
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia, Resident, Internal Medicine, 2006-2008
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Gastroenterology, 2008-2011
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Transplant Hepatology, 2011-2012
  • University of California, San Francisco, Advanced Training in Clinical Research, 2009-2010
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
  • UCSF Liver Center
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Drug-Induced Hepatitis
  • Fulminant Hepatic Failure
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Liver Cancer)
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Living Donor Liver Transplantation
  • Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Polycystic Liver Disease
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Hepatitis C virus (HCV)
  • Impact of function status in patients on the liver-transplant waiting list
  • Patterns of donor liver allocation and liver transplant outcomes

Dr. Jennifer C. Lai is a general and transplant hepatologist, specializing in treating patients with chronic viral hepatitis (both B and C), autoimmune disorders, and those with end-stage liver disease needing liver transplantation. 

After earning her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and combined MD/MBA degrees from Tufts University, she completed residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and gastroenterology and advanced/transplant hepatology fellowships at UCSF. She is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, American Society of Transplantation, American Gastroenterological Association, and American College of Gastroenterology. She has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP). Dr. Lai is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. 

  • Floyd Rector Internal Medicine Research Mentoring Award, UCSF, 2019
  • Fellow, American Society of Transplantation, 2017
  • AST/Novartis Faculty Development Award (grant), American Society of Transplantation, 2016-2017
  • Clinical Science Career Development Award, American Society of Transplantation, 2016
  • New Investigator Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2015
  • Young Investigator Award, International Liver Transplantation Society, 2015
  • Paul B. Beeson Scholar in Aging Research (grant), American Federation for Aging Research, 2014-2019
  • Associate Scholar Genius Award (grant), UCSF Pepper Center, 2014-2015
  • T. Franklin Williams Scholar (grant), Association of Specialty Professors, 2013-2015
  • Pilot/Feasibility Award (grant), UCSF Liver Center, 2013-2014
  • Pilot Award in Aging Research (grant), UCSF Pepper Center, 2013-2014
  • Pilot for Junior Investigator Award (grant), UCSF Resource Allocation Program, 2013-2014
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2012-curr
  • Junior Faculty Career Development Award (grant), American College of Gastroenterology, 2012-2015
  • Transplant Hepatology Fellowship (grant), American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, 2011-2012
  • Clinical Research Award (grant), American College of Gastrenterology, 2011-2012
  • Vanguard Award, International Liver Transplantation Society, 2011
  • Sylvia Allison Kaplan Clinical Research Award (grant), Northern California Kaiser Permanente, 2009-2010
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2005
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Dr. Lai has engaged in research investigating clinical outcomes in patients with chronic liver disease. Her research focuses on three main areas:

1) Understanding the impact of functional status and physiologic reserve (i.e., frailty) in patients with cirrhosis awaiting liver transplantation (actively enrolling)

2) Evaluating the association between chronic hepatitis C and systemic inflammation with Vitamin D status and bone mineral density (actively enrolling)

3) Characterizing patterns of liver allocation and distribution and their association with liver transplant outcomes (both pre- and post-transplant) on a national level

Most recent publications from a total of 95
  1. Ng VL, Mazariegos GV, Kelly B, Horslen S, McDiarmid SV, Magee JC, Loomes KM, Fischer RT, Sundaram SS, Lai JC, Te HS, Bucuvalas JC. Barriers to ideal outcomes after pediatric liver transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2019 Jul 25; e13537. View in PubMed
  2. Bajaj JS, O'Leary JG, Tandon P, Wong F, Garcia-Tsao G, Kamath PS, Biggins SW, Lai JC, Vargas HE, Maliakkal B, Fallon MB, Thuluvath PJ, Subramanian RM, Thacker LR, Reddy KR. Nosocomial Infections Are Frequent and Negatively Impact Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients With Cirrhosis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2019 Jul; 114(7):1091-1100. View in PubMed
  3. Carey EJ, Lai JC, Sonnenday C, Tapper EB, Tandon P, Duarte-Rojo A, Dunn MA, Tsien C, Kallwitz ER, Ng V, Dasarathy S, Kappus M, Bashir MR, Montano-Loza AJ. A North American Expert Opinion Statement on Sarcopenia in Liver Transplantation. Hepatology. 2019 Jun 20. View in PubMed
  4. Kohi MP, Lai JC. Impact of Muscle Gain after Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Creation on Patients Awaiting Liver Transplantation. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2019 Jun; 30(6):874-875. View in PubMed
  5. Lai JC, Sonnenday CJ, Tapper EB, Duarte-Rojo A, Dunn MA, Bernal W, Carey EJ, Dasarathy S, Kamath BM, Kappus MR, Montano-Loza AJ, Nagai S, Tandon P. Frailty in liver transplantation: An expert opinion statement from the American Society of Transplantation Liver and Intestinal Community of Practice. Am J Transplant. 2019 Jul; 19(7):1896-1906. View in PubMed
  6. Ge J, Lai JC. Split-Liver Allocation: An Underused Opportunity to Expand Access to Liver Transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2019 May; 25(5):690-691. View in PubMed
  7. Wang CW, Lebsack A, Chau S, Lai JC. The Range and Reproducibility of the Liver Frailty Index. Liver Transpl. 2019 Jun; 25(6):841-847. View in PubMed
  8. Wong F, Reddy KR, O'Leary JG, Tandon P, Biggins SW, Garcia-Tsao G, Maliakkal BJ, Lai JC, Fallon MB, Vargas HE, Subramanian R, Thuluvath PJ, Kamath PS, Thacker L, Bajaj JS. Impact of Chronic Kidney Disease on Outcomes in Cirrhosis. Liver Transpl. 2019 Jun; 25(6):870-880. View in PubMed
  9. Kuo SZ, Ahmad M, Dunn MA, Montano-Loza AJ, Carey EJ, Lin S, Moghe A, Chen HW, Ebadi M, Lai JC. Sarcopenia Predicts Posttransplant Mortality in Acutely Ill Men Undergoing Urgent Evaluation and Liver Transplantation. Transplantation. 2019 Apr 08. View in PubMed
  10. Rubin JB, Sinclair M, Rahimi RS, Tapper EB, Lai JC. Women on the liver transplantation waitlist are at increased risk of hospitalization compared to men. World J Gastroenterol. 2019 Feb 28; 25(8):980-988. View in PubMed
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