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Monika Sarkar, M.D., MAS

Monika Sarkar, M.D., MAS

Assistant Professor 
Department of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Division of Gastroenterology
513 Parnassus Avenue, Room S-357
San Francisco, CA 94143-0358
(415) 476-6422 - Phone
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  • Vassar College, BA, French & Biology, 1998-2002
  • University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, MD, 2002-2006
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Intern, Internal Medicine, 2006-2007
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Resident, Internal Medicine, 2007-2009
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Gastroenterology, 2009-2012
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Transplant Hepatology, 2012-2013
  • University of California, San Francisco, Masters in Clinical Research, 2011-2012
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Transplant Hepatology
  • UCSF Liver Center
  • Gender differences in liver transplant outcomes
  • Non invasive measures of liver fibrosis
  • Women with chronic liver disease
  • Spanish

Dr. Monika Sarkar is a transplant hepatologist and focuses on viral hepatitis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as well as liver disease in pregnancy. She has a particular research interest in women's health, including the role of sex hormones in the progression of liver disease. Dr. Sarkar supervises the training of medicine residents and both gastroenterology and liver transplant fellows. She earned her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco and completed internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed fellowships in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology, as well as her Masters in Clinical Research at UCSF.

  • K23, NIDDK, 2017-2022
  • K Scholars Team Science Award, UCSF, 2017-2018
  • UCSF Hellman Research Award, UCSF, 2016-2018
  • RAP Pilot Award for Junior Investigators, UCSF, 2016-2017
  • Liver Center Flex Funds, UCSF, 2015-2016
  • Liver Center Pilot/Feasibility Research Award, UCSF Liver Center, 2014-2015
  • Sheila Sherlock Career Development Research Award, AASLD, 2013-2015
  • Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award, AASLD, 2012-2013
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My research program is focused on the role of sex hormones on liver injury in women, including the effects of reproductive aging, pregnancy, and androgens. I have a specific interest in young women with the hyperandrogenic condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome as these women are at high risk for developing Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and early onset liver scarring. Within the transplant setting I also study sex differences in waitlist and post transplant outcomes.

Publications provided by UCSF Profiles, powered by CTSI.
  1. Sarkar M, Sawinski D, Coscia L. IUD Safety and Efficacy in Transplant: Getting Our Message Right. Liver Transpl. 2020 Mar 14. View in PubMed
  2. Sarkar M, Yates K, Suzuki A, Lavine J, Gill R, Ziegler T, Terrault N, Dhindsa S. Low Testosterone Is Associated With Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) and Severity of NASH Fibrosis in Men With NAFLD. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Dec 05. View in PubMed
  3. Liyun Yuan, Ani Kardashian, Monika Sarkar. NAFLD in Women: Unique Pathways, Biomarkers, and Therapeutic Opportunities. Current Hepatology Reports. 2019 Dec 1; 18(4):425-432. View in PubMed
  4. Sarkar M, Terrault N, Chan W, Cedars MI, Huddleston HG, Duwaerts CC, Balitzer D, Gill RM. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with NASH severity and advanced fibrosis. Liver Int. 2020 Feb; 40(2):355-359. View in PubMed
  5. Lee E, Sarkar M, Dodge J, Kohi M, Mehta N. Shorter Height Is Associated With Lower Probability of Liver Transplantation in Patients With Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Transplantation. 2020 May; 104(5):988-995. View in PubMed
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