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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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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
  • 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. 

Young Investigator Award in Clinical Science
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
2020
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

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

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  • Predicting post-transplant mortality and global functional health based on pre-transplant functional status in liver transplantation
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    Jun 2018
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    May 2023
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  • Development of a laboratory frailty index to improve prediction of mortality in patients with cirrhosis awaiting liver transplantation
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    May 2020
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    Apr 2022
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  • Frailty and Functional Status in Older Liver Transplant Patients
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    Sep 2014
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    Apr 2019
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  • Global Functional Status in the Older Liver Transplant Candidate
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    Aug 2013
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    Jul 2015
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MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM A TOTAL OF 133
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  1. Lai J, Forney L, Brinton DL, Simpson KN. Drivers of Start-Up Delays in Global Randomized Clinical Trials. Ther Innov Regul Sci. 2020 Sep 21. View in PubMed
  2. Wong F, Reddy KR, Tandon P, O'Leary JG, Garcia-Tsao G, Vargas HE, Lai JC, Biggins SW, Maliakkal B, Fallon M, Subramanian R, Thuluvath P, Kamath PS, Thacker L, Bajaj JS. Progression of Stage 2 and 3 Acute Kidney Injury in Patients with Decompensated Cirrhosis and Ascites. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020 Aug 13. View in PubMed
  3. Bucuvalas J, Lai JC. Unforeseen consequences of the COVID pandemic. Am J Transplant. 2020 Aug 06. View in PubMed
  4. Bajaj JS, Reddy KR, O'Leary JG, Vargas HE, Lai JC, Kamath PS, Tandon P, Wong F, Subramanian RM, Thuluvath P, Fagan A, White MB, Gavis EA, Sehrawat T, Rodriguez RR, Thacker LR, Sikaroodi M, Garcia-Tsao G, Gillevet PM. Serum Levels of Metabolites Produced by Intestinal Microbes and Lipid Moieties Independently Associated With Acute on Chronic Liver Failure and Death in Patients With Cirrhosis. Gastroenterology. 2020 Jul 17. View in PubMed
  5. Wadhwani SI, Brokamp C, Rasnick E, Bucuvalas JC, Lai JC, Beck AF. Neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation, racial segregation, and organ donation across 5 states. Am J Transplant. 2020 Jul 12. View in PubMed
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