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Alison Huang, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
Address1545 Divisadero Street
San Francisco CA 94115
Phone415-514-8697
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    University of California, San FranciscoM.A.S. in Clinical Research2008 Graduate Division (Advance Training in Clinical Research)
    San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center2007Ambulatory care research
    University of California, San Francisco Residency 2005Internal Medicine- Primary Care, School of Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoM.D.2002 Medicine

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    Dr. Alison Huang is a general internist and women’s health researcher at the University of California San Francisco who is dedicated to advancing scientific understanding and improving clinical management of menopause- and aging-related health conditions in women. Among other health issues common to older women, her research program focuses on two widely prevalent but relatively understudied manifestations of menopause and aging: 1) genitourinary dysfunction, including conditions such as urinary incontinence, urogenital atrophy, and sexual dysfunction; and 2) menopausal symptoms, including vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and nightsweats. She leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers in aging/geriatrics, urogynecology, and general medicine in promoting understanding of the effect of aging on health and functioning in women and developing more effective strategies to prevent and treat health conditions that lie at the interface of geriatrics and women’s health.


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    Nocturnal overactive bladder and sleep disruption in middle-aged and older women
    NIH/NIA R03AG056752Aug 1, 2017 - May 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    UCSF-Kaiser Urological Epidemiology Research Career Development Program
    NIH/NIDDK K12DK111028Sep 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Transdermal Nitroglycerin Therapy for Menopausal Hot Flashes
    NIH/NIA R01AG050588Apr 15, 2016 - Mar 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Yoga to Enhance Behavioral Self-Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women
    NIH/NCCIH R34AT008028Sep 1, 2014 - Jun 30, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    A Behavioral Slow-Breathing Exercise Program for Female Overactive Bladder
    NIH/NIA R01AG047894Apr 15, 2014 - Mar 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    A Multidimensional Approach to Urogenital Aging in Older Women
    NIH/NIA K23AG038335Sep 1, 2011 - Aug 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Slow-Paced Respiration for Treatment of Menopausal Hot Flashes
    NIH/NCCIH R01AT005491Jul 15, 2011 - Mar 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The Impact of Vaginal Atrophy Symptoms on Quality of Life in Postmenopausal Women
    NIH/NIA R03AG035207Sep 30, 2010 - Aug 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Fung CH, Vaughan CP, Markland AD, Huang A, Mitchell MN, Bliwise DL, Ancoli-Israel S, Redline S, Alessi CA, Stone K. Nocturia is Associated with Poor Sleep Quality Among Older Women in the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Sep 15. PMID: 28914959.
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    2. Munaganuru N, Van Den Eeden SK, Creasman J, Subak LL, Strano-Paul L, Huang A . Urine leakage during sexual activity among ethnically diverse, community-dwelling middle-aged and older women. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2017.
    3. Huang A, Rowen TS, Abercrombie P, Subak LL, Schembri M, Plaut T, Chao MT. Development and Feasibility of a Group-Based Therapeutic Yoga Program for Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain. Pain Medicine. 2017.
    4. Winkelman WD, Huang AJ, Schembri M, Rogers RG, Richter H, Myers DL, Kraus SR, Johnson KC, Hess R, Gregory T, Bradley CS, Arya L, Brown JS, Subak LL. Modifiers of Response to Treatment With Fesoterodine for Urgency-Predominant Urinary Incontinence in a Randomized Controlled Trial. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017 Mar/Apr; 23(2):151-156. PMID: 28118174.
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    5. Gibson CJ, Mendes WB, Schembri M, Grady D, Huang AJ. Cardiac autonomic function and hot flashes among perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Menopause. 2017 Feb 06. PMID: 28169914.
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    6. Suskind AM, Cawthon PM, Nakagawa S, Subak LL, Reinders I, Satterfield S, Cummings S, Cauley JA, Harris T, Huang AJ. Urinary Incontinence in Older Women: The Role of Body Composition and Muscle Strength: From the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Dec 05. PMID: 27918084.
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    7. Vaughan CP, Fung CH, Huang AJ, Johnson TM, Markland AD. Differences in the Association of Nocturia and Functional Outcomes of Sleep by Age and Gender: A Cross-sectional, Population-based Study. Clin Ther. 2016 Nov; 38(11):2386-2393.e1. PMID: 27751673.
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    8. Steffen KJ, King WC, White GE, Subak LL, Mitchell JE, Courcoulas AP, Flum DR, Strain G, Sarwer DB, Kolotkin RL, Pories W, Huang AJ. Sexual functioning of men and women with severe obesity before bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 Sep 28. PMID: 27986585.
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    9. Huang AJ, Cummings SR, Schembri M, Vittinghoff E, Ganz P, Grady D. Continuous transdermal nitroglycerin therapy for menopausal hot flashes: a single-arm, dose-escalation trial. Menopause. 2016 Mar; 23(3):330-4. PMID: 26263283.
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    10. Jones HJ, Huang AJ, Subak LL, Brown JS, Lee KA. Bladder Symptoms in the Early Menopausal Transition. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 May; 25(5):457-63. PMID: 26741199.
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    11. Hunter MM, Nakagawa S, Van Den Eeden SK, Kuppermann M, Huang AJ. Predictors of impact of vaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 2016 Jan; 23(1):40-6. PMID: 26173074.
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    12. Duralde ER, Walter LC, Van Den Eeden SK, Nakagawa S, Subak LL, Brown JS, Thom DH, Huang AJ. Bridging the gap: determinants of undiagnosed or untreated urinary incontinence in women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Feb; 214(2):266.e1-9. PMID: 26348382.
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    13. Subak LL, King WC, Belle SH, Chen JY, Courcoulas AP, Ebel FE, Flum DR, Khandelwal S, Pender JR, Pierson SK, Pories WJ, Steffen KJ, Strain GW, Wolfe BM, Huang AJ. Urinary Incontinence Before and After Bariatric Surgery. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Aug; 175(8):1378-87. PMID: 26098620; PMCID: PMC4529061 [Available on 08/01/16].
    14. Huang AJ, Phillips S, Schembri M, Vittinghoff E, Grady D. Device-guided slow-paced respiration for menopausal hot flushes: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 May; 125(5):1130-8. PMID: 25932840; PMCID: PMC4418033 [Available on 05/01/16].
    15. Huang AJ, Gregorich SE, Kuppermann M, Nakagawa S, Van Den Eeden SK, Brown JS, Richter HE, Walter LC, Thom D, Stewart AL. Day-to-Day Impact of Vaginal Aging questionnaire: a multidimensional measure of the impact of vaginal symptoms on functioning and well-being in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 2015 Feb; 22(2):144-54. PMID: 24983271; PMCID: PMC4280352 [Available on 02/01/16].
    16. Hsu A, Nakagawa S, Walter LC, Van Den Eeden SK, Brown JS, Thom DH, Lee SJ, Huang AJ. The burden of nocturia among middle-aged and older women. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Jan; 125(1):35-43. PMID: 25560101; PMCID: PMC4286307 [Available on 01/01/16].
    17. Hsu A, Conell-Price J, Stijacic Cenzer I, Eng C, Huang AJ, Rice-Trumble K, Lee SJ. Predictors of urinary incontinence in community-dwelling frail older adults with diabetes mellitus in a cross-sectional study. BMC Geriatr. 2014; 14:137. PMID: 25514968; PMCID: PMC4274753.
    18. Appa AA, Creasman J, Brown JS, Van Den Eeden SK, Thom DH, Subak LL, Huang AJ. The impact of multimorbidity on sexual function in middle-aged and older women: beyond the single disease perspective. J Sex Med. 2014 Nov; 11(11):2744-55. PMID: 25146458; PMCID: PMC4309673.
    19. Huang AJ, Jenny HE, Chesney MA, Schembri M, Subak LL. A group-based yoga therapy intervention for urinary incontinence in women: a pilot randomized trial. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2014 May-Jun; 20(3):147-54. PMID: 24763156; PMCID: PMC4310548.
    20. Huang AJ, Subak LL. What constitutes an adequate evaluation of device-guided breathing? JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Apr; 174(4):637. PMID: 24711181.
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    21. Fehniger JE, Brown JS, Creasman JM, Van Den Eeden SK, Thom DH, Subak LL, Huang AJ. Childbirth and female sexual function later in life. Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Nov; 122(5):988-97. PMID: 24104776; PMCID: PMC3813451.
    22. Farhat GN, Parimi N, Chlebowski RT, Manson JE, Anderson G, Huang AJ, Vittinghoff E, Lee JS, Lacroix AZ, Cauley JA, Jackson R, Grady D, Lane DS, Phillips L, Simon MS, Cummings SR. Sex hormone levels and risk of breast cancer with estrogen plus progestin. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2013 Oct 2; 105(19):1496-503. PMID: 24041978; PMCID: PMC3787910.
    23. Huang AJ. Nonsurgical treatments for urinary incontinence in women: summary of primary findings and conclusions. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Aug 12; 173(15):1463-4. PMID: 23817490.
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    24. Appa AA, Brown JS, Creasman J, Van Den Eeden SK, Subak LL, Thom DH, Ferrara A, Huang AJ. Clinical predictors and significance of postvoid residual volume in women with diabetes. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2013 Aug; 101(2):164-9. PMID: 23773505; PMCID: PMC3742560.
    25. Hess R, Huang AJ, Richter HE, Ghetti CC, Sung VW, Barrett-Connor E, Gregory WT, Pinkerton JV, Bradley CS, Kraus SR, Rogers RG, Subak LL, Johnson KC, Arya LA, Schembri M, Brown JS. Long-term efficacy and safety of questionnaire-based initiation of urgency urinary incontinence treatment. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Sep; 209(3):244.e1-9. PMID: 23659987; PMCID: PMC4019400.
    26. Imhoff LR, Brown JS, Creasman JM, Subak LL, Van den Eeden SK, Thom DH, Varma MG, Huang AJ. Fecal incontinence decreases sexual quality of life, but does not prevent sexual activity in women. Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Oct; 55(10):1059-65. PMID: 22965405; PMCID: PMC3720983.
    27. Copeland KL, Brown JS, Creasman JM, Van Den Eeden SK, Subak LL, Thom DH, Ferrara A, Huang AJ. Diabetes mellitus and sexual function in middle-aged and older women. Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Aug; 120(2 Pt 1):331-40. PMID: 22825093; PMCID: PMC3404429.
    28. Huang AJ, Hess R, Arya LA, Richter HE, Subak LL, Bradley CS, Rogers RG, Myers DL, Johnson KC, Gregory WT, Kraus SR, Schembri M, Brown JS. Pharmacologic treatment for urgency-predominant urinary incontinence in women diagnosed using a simplified algorithm: a randomized trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 May; 206(5):444.e1-11. PMID: 22542122; PMCID: PMC3570031.
    29. Huang AJ, Brown JS, Boyko EJ, Moore EE, Scholes D, Walter LC, Lin F, Vittinghoff E, Fihn SD. Clinical significance of postvoid residual volume in older ambulatory women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Aug; 59(8):1452-8. PMID: 21806559; PMCID: PMC3886558.
    30. Farhat GN, Cummings SR, Chlebowski RT, Parimi N, Cauley JA, Rohan TE, Huang AJ, Vitolins M, Hubbell FA, Manson JE, Cochrane BB, Lane DS, Lee JS. Sex hormone levels and risks of estrogen receptor-negative and estrogen receptor-positive breast cancers. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2011 Apr 6; 103(7):562-70. PMID: 21330633; PMCID: PMC3071353.
    31. Huang AJ, Subak LL, Wing R, West DS, Hernandez AL, Macer J, Grady D. An intensive behavioral weight loss intervention and hot flushes in women. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Jul 12; 170(13):1161-7. PMID: 20625026; PMCID: PMC3030922.
    32. Huang AJ, Moore EE, Boyko EJ, Scholes D, Lin F, Vittinghoff E, Fihn SD. Vaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women: self-reported severity, natural history, and risk factors. Menopause. 2010 Jan-Feb; 17(1):121-6. PMID: 19574936; PMCID: PMC2806500.
    33. Huang AJ, Luft J, Grady D, Kuppermann M. The day-to-day impact of urogenital aging: perspectives from racially/ethnically diverse women. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Jan; 25(1):45-51. PMID: 19908103; PMCID: PMC2811605.
    34. Huang AJ, Sawaya GF, Vittinghoff E, Lin F, Grady D. Hot flushes, coronary heart disease, and hormone therapy in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 2009 Jul-Aug; 16(4):639-43. PMID: 19325499; PMCID: PMC2856618.
    35. Huang AJ, Subak LL, Thom DH, Van Den Eeden SK, Ragins AI, Kuppermann M, Shen H, Brown JS. Sexual function and aging in racially and ethnically diverse women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Aug; 57(8):1362-8. PMID: 19558473; PMCID: PMC2749599.
    36. Frick AC, Huang AJ, Van den Eeden SK, Knight SK, Creasman JM, Yang J, Ragins AI, Thom DH, Brown JS. Mixed urinary incontinence: greater impact on quality of life. J Urol. 2009 Aug; 182(2):596-600. PMID: 19535107; PMCID: PMC2746250.
    37. Huang AJ, Stewart AL, Hernandez AL, Shen H, Subak LL. Sexual function among overweight and obese women with urinary incontinence in a randomized controlled trial of an intensive behavioral weight loss intervention. J Urol. 2009 May; 181(5):2235-42. PMID: 19296980; PMCID: PMC2744348.
    38. Sawaya GF, Iwaoka-Scott AY, Kim S, Wong ST, Huang AJ, Washington AE, Pérez-Stable EJ. Ending cervical cancer screening: attitudes and beliefs from ethnically diverse older women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Jan; 200(1):40.e1-7. PMID: 18976734; PMCID: PMC2643872.
    39. Learman LA, Huang AJ, Nakagawa S, Gregorich SE, Kuppermann M. Development and validation of a sexual functioning measure for use in diverse women's health outcome studies. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Jun; 198(6):710.e1-8; discussion 710.e8-9. PMID: 18538161.
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    40. Huang AJ, Pérez-Stable EJ, Kim SE, Wong ST, Kaplan CP, Walsh JM, Iwaoka-Scott AY, Sawaya GF. Preferences for human papillomavirus testing with routine cervical cancer screening in diverse older women. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Sep; 23(9):1324-9. PMID: 18506546; PMCID: PMC2518007.
    41. Huang AJ, Grady D, Jacoby VL, Blackwell TL, Bauer DC, Sawaya GF. Persistent hot flushes in older postmenopausal women. Arch Intern Med. 2008 Apr 28; 168(8):840-6. PMID: 18443259.
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    42. Huang A, Yaffe K, Vittinghoff E, Kuppermann M, Addis I, Hanes V, Quan J, Grady D. The effect of ultralow-dose transdermal estradiol on sexual function in postmenopausal women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Mar; 198(3):265.e1-7. PMID: 18313446.
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    43. Huang AJ, Ettinger B, Vittinghoff E, Ensrud KE, Johnson KC, Cummings SR. Endogenous estrogen levels and the effects of ultra-low-dose transdermal estradiol therapy on bone turnover and BMD in postmenopausal women. J Bone Miner Res. 2007 Nov; 22(11):1791-7. PMID: 17620054.
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    44. Huang AJ, Brown JS, Thom DH, Fink HA, Yaffe K. Urinary incontinence in older community-dwelling women: the role of cognitive and physical function decline. Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Apr; 109(4):909-16. PMID: 17400853.
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    45. Huang A, Grady D, Blackwell T, Bauer D. Hot flushes, bone mineral density, and fractures in older postmenopausal women. Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Apr; 109(4):841-7. PMID: 17400844.
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    46. Huang AJ, Brown JS, Kanaya AM, Creasman JM, Ragins AI, Van Den Eeden SK, Thom DH. Quality-of-life impact and treatment of urinary incontinence in ethnically diverse older women. Arch Intern Med. 2006 Oct 9; 166(18):2000-6. PMID: 17030834.
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    47. Huang AJ, Thom DH, Kanaya AM, Wassel-Fyr CL, Van den Eeden SK, Ragins AI, Subak LL, Brown JS. Urinary incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction in Asian-American women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Nov; 195(5):1331-7. PMID: 16643821; PMCID: PMC1630451.
    48. Huang AJ, Gemperli MP, Bergthold L, Singer SS, Garber A. Health plans' coverage determinations for technology-based interventions: the case of electrical bone growth stimulation. Am J Manag Care. 2004 Dec; 10(12):957-62. PMID: 15617371.
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    49. Huang AJ. msJAMA: Rethinking the approach to beauty in medicine. JAMA. 2001 Nov 7; 286(17):2158. PMID: 11694159.
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    50. Huang AJ. MSJAMA: the rise of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs in the United States. JAMA. 2000 Nov 1; 284(17):2240. PMID: 11056599.
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    51. Huang A. Continuing controversy over the international medical graduate. JAMA. 2000 Apr 5; 283(13):1746. PMID: 10755504.
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    52. Huang AJ. Reinventing the physician-scientist in the new era of health care. JAMA. 1999 Jan 6; 281(1):94. PMID: 9892457.
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    53. Qian SW, Burmester JK, Sun PD, Huang A, Ohlsen DJ, Suardet L, Flanders KC, Davies D, Roberts AB, Sporn MB. Characterization of mutated transforming growth factor-beta s which possess unique biological properties. Biochemistry. 1994 Oct 11; 33(40):12298-304. PMID: 7918451.
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    54. Burmester JK, Qian SW, Roberts AB, Huang A, Amatayakul-Chantler S, Suardet L, Odartchenko N, Madri JA, Sporn MB. Characterization of distinct functional domains of transforming growth factor beta. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1993 Sep 15; 90(18):8628-32. PMID: 7690965; PMCID: PMC47411.
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