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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

Contact Information

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 104
  1. Ge J, Perito ER, Bucuvalas J, Gilroy R, Hsu EK, Roberts JP, Lai JC. Split liver transplantation is utilized infrequently and concentrated at few transplant centers in the United States. Am J Transplant. 2019 Nov 09. View in PubMed
  2. Fozouni L, Mohamad Y, Lebsack A, Freise C, Stock P, Lai JC. Frailty is Associated with Increased Rates of Acute Cellular Rejection Within 3 Months After Liver Transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2019 Oct 26. View in PubMed
  3. Cullaro G, Rubin JB, Mehta N, Lai JC. The Differential Impact of Age Among Liver Transplant Candidates With and Without HCC. Liver Transpl. 2019 Oct 14. View in PubMed
  4. Ge J, Lai JC. Identifying a clinically relevant cutoff for height that is associated with a higher risk of waitlist mortality in liver transplant candidates. Am J Transplant. 2019 Oct 09. View in PubMed
  5. Rubin JB, Srisengfa YT, Albhaisi S, Acharya C, Nangia G, Shaikh T, Thacker LR, Reddy KR, Tandon P, Bajaj JS, Lai JC. Hospitalized women with cirrhosis have more non-hepatic comorbidities and associated complications than men. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Oct 05. View in PubMed
  6. Haugen CE, McAdams-DeMarco M, Verna EC, Rahimi R, Kappus MR, Dunn MA, Volk ML, Gurakar A, Duarte-Rojo A, Ganger DR, O'Leary JG, Ladner D, Garonzik-Wang J, Segev DL, Lai JC. Association Between Liver Transplant Wait-list Mortality and Frailty Based on Body Mass Index. JAMA Surg. 2019 Sep 11. View in PubMed
  7. Mazumder N, Atiemo K, Kappus M, Cullaro G, Harinstein ME, Ladner D, Verna E, Lai J, Levitsky J. A Comprehensive Review of Outcome Predictors in Low MELD Patients. Transplantation. 2019 Sep 09. View in PubMed
  8. Williams FR, Berzigotti A, Lord JM, Lai JC, Armstrong MJ. Review article: impact of exercise on physical frailty in patients with chronic liver disease. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2019 Nov; 50(9):988-1000. View in PubMed
  9. Godfrey EL, Malik TH, Lai JC, Mindikoglu AL, Galván NTN, Cotton RT, O'Mahony CA, Goss JA, Rana A. The decreasing predictive power of MELD in an era of changing etiology of liver disease. Am J Transplant. 2019 Aug 08. View in PubMed
  10. 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 Sep; 23(6):e13537. View in PubMed
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