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    Jennifer Lai, MD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    Address513 Parnassus Ave, Med Sci
    San Francisco CA 94143

       Education and Training
      Stanford UniversityB.S.2000
      Tufts University School of MedicineM.D./M.B.A.School of Medicine2005
      Columbia University Medical CenterInternship/ResidencyDepartment of Medicine2008
      UCSFAdvanced Training in Clinical Research2010
      UCSFFellowship in Gastroenterology2011
      UCSFFellowship in Advanced/Transplant Hepatology2012
       Awards and Honors
      American Geriatrics Society2015New Investigator Award
      National Institute on Aging (NIH)2014 - 2019K23 Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research
      UCSF Pepper Center2014 - 2015Associate Scholar Genius Award
      National Institute on Aging (NIH)2013 - 2015GEMSSTAR (R03)
      UCSF Pepper Center2013 - 2014Pilot Award in Aging Research
      Association of Specialty Professors2013 - 2015T. Franklin Williams Scholar
      UCSF Liver Center2013 - 2014Pilot/Feasibility Award
      UCSF Resource Allocation Program2013 - 2014UCSF Pilot for Junior Investigator Award
      American College of Gastroenterology2012 - 2015Junior Faculty Career Development Award
      American College of Physicians2012 - currFellow
      American College of Gastrenterology2011 - 2012Clinical Research Award
      American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases2011 - 2012Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
      International Liver Transplantation Society2011Vanguard Award
      Northern California Kaiser Permanente2009 - 2010Sylvia Allison Kaplan Clinical Research Award
      Tufts University School of Medicine2005Alpha Omega Alpha

      Dr. Jennifer C. Lai is a general and transplant hepatologist who specializes in caring for patients with chronic viral hepatitis, autoimmune disorders, and cirrhosis, particularly those awaiting liver transplantation.

      In addition to her clinical practice, she is actively engaged in patient-oriented clinical research within three major areas:
      1) integrating core principles of geriatrics (e.g., frailty, disability, palliative care, multi-morbidity) to patients with cirrhosis,
      2) investigating disparities in organ allocation and distribution, and
      3) assessing the impact of liver donor quality on outcomes.

      Dr. Lai is the principal investigator for the NIH-funded Functional Assessment in Liver Transplantation (FrAILT) Study which aims to apply measures of frailty and functional status to patients with end-stage liver disease awaiting liver transplantation. Her central hypothesis is that applying principles of geriatric assessment to this population can improve our ability to identify patients who are vulnerable to adverse transplant outcomes. Her research lays the groundwork for therapeutic interventions aimed at "pre-habilitating" patients awaiting liver transplantation to improve their outcomes and quality of life.

      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, Gastroenterology, and Advanced/Transplant Hepatology.

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      1. Lai JC, Bikle DD, Lizaola B, Hayssen H, Terrault NA, Schwartz JB. Total 25(oh) vitamin d, free 25(oh) vitamin d, and markers of bone turnover in cirrhotics with and without synthetic dysfunction. Liver Int. 2015 Mar 11.
        View in: PubMed
      2. Lai JC, Covinsky KE, Hayssen H, Lizaola B, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Terrault NA, Feng S. Clinician assessments of health status predict mortality in patients with end-stage liver disease awaiting liver transplantation. Liver Int. 2015 Jan 28.
        View in: PubMed
      3. Lai JC, Shoback DM, Zipperstein J, Lizaola B, Tseng S, Terrault NA. Bone Mineral Density, Bone Turnover, and Systemic Inflammation in Non-cirrhotics with Chronic Hepatitis C. Dig Dis Sci. 2015 Jan 7.
        View in: PubMed
      4. Bissell DM, Lai JC, Meister RK, Blanc PD. Role of Delta-aminolevulinic Acid in the Symptoms of Acute Porphyria. Am J Med. 2015 Mar; 128(3):313-7.
        View in: PubMed
      5. Sharpton SR, Feng S, Hameed B, Yao F, Lai JC. Combined effects of recipient age and model for end-stage liver disease score on liver transplantation outcomes. Transplantation. 2014 Sep 15; 98(5):557-62.
        View in: PubMed
      6. Campos-Varela I, Lai JC, Verna EC, O'Leary JG, Todd Stravitz R, Forman LM, Trotter JF, Brown RS, Terrault NA. Hepatitis C Genotype Influences Post-Liver Transplant Outcomes. Transplantation. 2014 Sep 10.
        View in: PubMed
      7. Lai JC, Covinsky K, Feng S. The octogenarian donor: can the liver be "younger than stated age"? Am J Transplant. 2014 Sep; 14(9):1962-3.
        View in: PubMed
      8. Feng S, Lai JC. Expanded criteria donors. Clin Liver Dis. 2014 Aug; 18(3):633-49.
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      9. Lai JC, Feng S, Terrault NA, Lizaola B, Hayssen H, Covinsky K. Frailty predicts waitlist mortality in liver transplant candidates. Am J Transplant. 2014 Aug; 14(8):1870-9.
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      10. Schwartz JB, Lai J, Lizaola B, Kane L, Markova S, Weyland P, Terrault NA, Stotland N, Bikle D. A Comparison of Measured and Calculated Free 25(OH) Vitamin D Levels in Clinical Populations. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 May; 99(5):1631-7.
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      11. Schwartz JB, Lai J, Lizaola B, Kane L, Weyland P, Terrault NA, Stotland N, Bikle D. Variability in free 25(OH) vitamin D levels in clinical populations. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2014 Oct; 144 Pt A:156-8.
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      12. Lai JC, Kahn JG, Tavakol M, Peters MG, Roberts JP. Reducing infection transmission in solid organ transplantation through donor nucleic acid testing: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Am J Transplant. 2013 Oct; 13(10):2611-8.
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      13. Lai JC, Feng S, Vittinghoff E, Roberts JP. Offer patterns of nationally placed livers by donation service area. Liver Transpl. 2013 Apr; 19(4):404-10.
        View in: PubMed PMC3689315
      14. Halldorson JB, Paarsch HJ, Dodge JL, Segre AM, Lai J, Roberts JP. Center competition and outcomes following liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2013 Jan; 19(1):96-104.
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      15. Lai JC, Feng S, Roberts JP. An examination of liver offers to candidates on the liver transplant wait-list. Gastroenterology. 2012 Nov; 143(5):1261-5.
        View in: PubMed PMC3480537
      16. Saxena V, Lai JC, O'Leary JG, Verna EC, Brown RS, Stravitz RT, Trotter JF, Krishnan K, Terrault NA. Recipient-donor race mismatch for African American liver transplant patients with chronic hepatitis C. Liver Transpl. 2012 May; 18(5):524-31.
        View in: PubMed PMC3314141
      17. Lai JC, O'Leary JG, Trotter JF, Verna EC, Brown RS, Stravitz RT, Duman JD, Forman LM, Terrault NA. Risk of advanced fibrosis with grafts from hepatitis C antibody-positive donors: a multicenter cohort study. Liver Transpl. 2012 May; 18(5):532-8.
        View in: PubMed PMC3334393
      18. Verna EC, Valadao R, Farrand E, Pichardo EM, Lai JC, Terrault NA, Brown RS. Effects of ethnicity and socioeconomic status on survival and severity of fibrosis in liver transplant recipients with hepatitis C virus. Liver Transpl. 2012 Apr; 18(4):461-7.
        View in: PubMed PMC3674870
      19. Lai JC, Roberts JP, Vittinghoff E, Terrault NA, Feng S. Patient, center and geographic characteristics of nationally placed livers. Am J Transplant. 2012 Apr; 12(4):947-53.
        View in: PubMed PMC3689311
      20. Brandman D, Pingitore A, Lai JC, Roberts JP, Ferrell L, Bass NM, Terrault NA. Hepatic steatosis at 1 year is an additional predictor of subsequent fibrosis severity in liver transplant recipients with recurrent hepatitis C virus. Liver Transpl. 2011 Dec; 17(12):1380-6.
        View in: PubMed PMC3712627
      21. Lai JC, Verna EC, Brown RS, O'Leary JG, Trotter JF, Forman LM, Duman JD, Foster RG, Stravitz RT, Terrault NA. Hepatitis C virus-infected women have a higher risk of advanced fibrosis and graft loss after liver transplantation than men. Hepatology. 2011 Aug; 54(2):418-24.
        View in: PubMed PMC3144983
      22. Lai JC, Feng S, Roberts JP, Terrault NA. Gender differences in liver donor quality are predictive of graft loss. Am J Transplant. 2011 Feb; 11(2):296-302.
        View in: PubMed PMC3076602
      23. Lai JC, Terrault NA, Vittinghoff E, Biggins SW. Height contributes to the gender difference in wait-list mortality under the MELD-based liver allocation system. Am J Transplant. 2010 Dec; 10(12):2658-64.
        View in: PubMed PMC3059496
      24. Monto A, Schooley RT, Lai JC, Sulkowski MS, Chung RT, Pawlotsky JM, McHutchison JG, Jacobson IM. Lessons from HIV therapy applied to viral hepatitis therapy: summary of a workshop. Am J Gastroenterol. 2010 May; 105(5):989-1004; quiz 988, 1005.
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      25. Lai JC, Montero A, Lebwohl B, Brown RS. A novel housestaff educational model for quaternary-care patients at an academic health center. Acad Med. 2009 Feb; 84(2):206-11.
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      26. Lai JC, Pichardo EM, Emond JC, Brown RS. Resource utilization of living donor versus deceased donor liver transplantation is similar at an experienced transplant center. Am J Transplant. 2009 Mar; 9(3):586-91.
        View in: PubMed
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