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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. 

  • 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 81
  1. O'Leary JG, Bajaj JS, Tandon P, Biggins SW, Wong F, Kamath PS, Garcia-Tsao G, Maliakkal B, Lai J, Fallon M, Vargas HE, Thuluvath P, Subramanian R, Thacker LR, Reddy RK. Outcomes after Listing for Liver Transplant in Patients with Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure (ACLF): The Multicenter NACSELD Experience. Liver Transpl. 2019 Feb 05. View in PubMed
  2. Bajaj JS, Tandon P, O'Leary JG, Wong F, Biggins SW, Garcia-Tsao G, Kamath PS, Maliakkal B, Fallon MB, Lai JC, Thuluvath PJ, Vargas HE, Subramanian RM, Thacker LR, Reddy KR. Outcomes in Patients With Cirrhosis on Primary Compared to Secondary Prophylaxis for Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2019 Jan 23. View in PubMed
  3. Haugen CE, McAdams-DeMarco M, Holscher CM, Ying H, Gurakar AO, Garonzik-Wang J, Cameron AM, Segev DL, Lai JC. Multicenter Study of Age, Frailty, and Waitlist Mortality Among Liver Transplant Candidates. Ann Surg. 2019 Jan 18. View in PubMed
  4. Perito ER, Bucuvalas J, Lai JC. Functional status at listing predicts waitlist and posttransplant mortality in pediatric liver transplant candidates. Am J Transplant. 2018 Dec 01. View in PubMed
  5. Kobashigawa J, Dadhania D, Bhorade S, Adey D, Berger J, Bhat G, Budev M, Duarte-Rojo A, Dunn M, Hall S, Harhay MN, Johansen KL, Joseph S, Kennedy CC, Kransdorf E, Lentine KL, Lynch RJ, McAdams-DeMarco M, Nagai S, Olymbios M, Patel J, Pinney S, Schaenman J, Segev DL, Shah P, Singer LG, Singer JP, Sonnenday C, Tandon P, Tapper E, Tullius SG, Wilson M, Zamora M, Lai JC. Report from the American Society of Transplantation on frailty in solid organ transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2018 Dec 01. View in PubMed
  6. Lai JC, Tandon P. How I Approach It: Improving Nutritional Status in Patients With Cirrhosis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2018 Nov; 113(11):1574-1576. View in PubMed
  7. Sarkar M, Lai JC, Sawinski D, Zeigler TE, Cedars M, Forde KA. Sex hormone levels by presence and severity of cirrhosis in women with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. J Viral Hepat. 2018 Oct 19. View in PubMed
  8. Ge J, Hsu EK, Bucuvalas J, Lai JC. Deceased Pediatric Donor Livers: How Current Policy Drives Allocation and Transplantation. Hepatology. 2018 Oct 03. View in PubMed
  9. Ebadi M, Wang CW, Lai JC, Dasarathy S, Kappus MR, Dunn MA, Carey EJ, Montano-Loza AJ. Poor performance of psoas muscle index for identification of patients with higher waitlist mortality risk in cirrhosis. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 2018 Dec; 9(6):1053-1062. View in PubMed
  10. Bajaj JS, Moreau R, Kamath PS, Vargas HE, Arroyo V, Reddy KR, Szabo G, Tandon P, Olson J, Karvellas C, Gustot T, Lai JC, Wong F. Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure: Getting Ready for Prime Time? Hepatology. 2018 Oct; 68(4):1621-1632. View in PubMed
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