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Francis Y.K. Yao, M.D.

Francis Y.K. Yao, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Medicine and Surgery,
Departments of Medicine and Surgery
Medical Director, Liver Transplant Service
Director for Community Liaison, Liver Transplant Service

Contact Information

Academic Office
Division of Gastroenterology
513 Parnassus Avenue, Room S-357
San Francisco, CA 94143-0358
Phone: (415) 514-0332
Fax: 415-476-0659
Francis.yao@ucsf.edu
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  • 1979-1980 University of San Francisco, Chemistry Major
  • 1980-1983 University of California, Berkeley B.S. Chemistry with High Honors
  • 1983-1987 Albert Einstein College of Medicine. M.D. Medicine
  • 1987-1988 Stanford University Hospital, Intern, Internal Medicine
  • 1988-1990 Stanford University Hospital, Resident, Internal Medicine
  • 1990-1993 Stanford University Hospital, Fellow, Gastroenterology
  • 1995 American Board of Internal Medicine - ABIM 147033 (Re-certification 2008)
  • 1997 American Board of Gastroenterology - ABIM 147033
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UCSF Liver Transplant Program
  • UCSF Liver Center
  • Hepatitis in Asians
  • Liver Injury and Repair
  • Liver transplantation outcomes including expanded criteria liver transplants
  • Loco-regional therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma

Dr. Francis Yao is a gastroenterologist and medical director of the Liver Transplant Program at UCSF Medical Center. Dr. Yao is a professor of medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine. He also is director of UCSF's Liver Transplant Outreach and Community Liaison Program. In his research, he is interested in liver cancer treatment, particularly related to liver transplants, and has contributed to important publications in this area. His other research interests include hepatitis B infection and outcomes for liver transplantation.

Most recent publications from a total of 78
  1. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Hirose R, Yao FY. Alpha-Fetoprotein Decrease from > 1,000 to < 500 ng/mL in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma Leads to Improved Posttransplant Outcomes. Hepatology. 2018 Dec 13. View in PubMed
  2. Mehta N, Monto A, Yao FY. Screening for Hepatocellular Carcinoma to Improve Cancer-Related Mortality: Looking Behind When We Should Be Looking Ahead. Gastroenterology. 2018 Dec 10. View in PubMed
  3. Goldaracena N, Mehta N, Scalera I, Sposito C, Atenafu EG, Yao FY, Muiesan P, Mazzaferro V, Sapisochin G. Multicenter validation of a score to predict prognosis after the development of HCC recurrence following liver transplantation. HPB (Oxford). 2018 Oct 31. View in PubMed
  4. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Hirose R, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Increasing Liver Transplantation Wait-List Dropout for Hepatocellular Carcinoma With Widening Geographical Disparities: Implications for Organ Allocation. Liver Transpl. 2018 Oct; 24(10):1346-1356. View in PubMed
  5. Sherman CB, Behr S, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Yao FY, Mehta N. Distinguishing Tumor from Bland Portal Vein Thrombus in Liver Transplant Candidates with Hepatocellular Carcinoma: The "A-VENA" Criteria. Liver Transpl. 2018 Sep 24. View in PubMed
  6. Lee DD, Samoylova M, Mehta N, Musto KR, Roberts JP, Yao FY, Harnois DM. mRECIST provides insight into tumor biology for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma awaiting liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2018 Sep 10. View in PubMed
  7. Samoylova ML, Mehta N, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Predictors of Ultrasound Failure to Detect Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2018 Sep; 24(9):1171-1177. View in PubMed
  8. Huang AC, Mehta N, Dodge JL, Yao FY, Terrault NA. Direct-acting antivirals do not increase the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence after local-regional therapy or liver transplant waitlist dropout. Hepatology. 2018 08; 68(2):449-461. View in PubMed
  9. Giard JM, Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Alpha-Fetoprotein Slope >7.5 ng/mL per Month Predicts Microvascular Invasion and Tumor Recurrence After Liver Transplantation for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Transplantation. 2018 05; 102(5):816-822. View in PubMed
  10. Kotwani P, Saxena V, Dodge JL, Roberts J, Yao F, Hameed B. History of Marijuana Use Does Not Affect Outcomes on the Liver Transplant Waitlist. Transplantation. 2018 05; 102(5):794-802. View in PubMed
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