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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 73
  1. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Hirose R, Yao FY. Misdiagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Patients Receiving no Loco-regional Therapy Prior to Liver Transplant: An Analysis of the OPTN Explant Pathology Form. Clin Transplant. 2017 Sep 07. View in PubMed
  2. Mehta N, Heimbach J, Lee D, Dodge JL, Harnois D, Burns J, Sanchez W, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Wait Time of Less Than 6 and Greater Than 18 Months Predicts Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence After Liver Transplantation: Proposing a Wait Time "Sweet Spot". Transplantation. 2017 Sep; 101(9):2071-2078. View in PubMed
  3. Lewin SM, Mehta N, Kelley RK, Roberts JP, Yao FY, Brandman D. Liver transplantation recipients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis have lower risk hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2017 Aug; 23(8):1015-1022. View in PubMed
  4. Mehta N, Heimbach J, Harnois DM, Sapisochin G, Dodge JL, Lee D, Burns JM, Sanchez W, Greig PD, Grant DR, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Validation of a Risk Estimation of Tumor Recurrence After Transplant (RETREAT) Score for Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence After Liver Transplant. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Apr 01; 3(4):493-500. View in PubMed
  5. Mehta N, Yao FY. Transarterial Radioembolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Who, When… and Y(90)? Gastroenterology. 2016 Dec; 151(6):1062-1065. View in PubMed
  6. Mehta N, Yao FY. Reply. Liver Transpl. 2016 Aug; 22(8):1164-5. View in PubMed
  7. 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
  8. Mehta N, Yao FY. Hepatocellular cancer as indication for liver transplantation: pushing beyond Milan. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2016 Apr; 21(2):91-8. View in PubMed
  9. Mehta N, Yao FY. Nucleos(t)ide analogs reduce the risk of hepatitis B-associated hepatocellular carcinoma: A can't miss proposition? Hepatology. 2016 May; 63(5):1415-7. View in PubMed
  10. 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
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