Jennifer Lai, MD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||513 Parnassus Ave, Med Sci|
San Francisco CA 94143
|Tufts University School of Medicine||M.D./M.B.A.||School of Medicine||2005|
|Columbia University Medical Center||Internship/Residency||Department of Medicine||2008|
|UCSF||Advanced Training in Clinical Research||2010|
|UCSF||Fellowship in Gastroenterology||2011|
|UCSF||Fellowship in Advanced/Transplant Hepatology||2012|
|American Geriatrics Society||2015||New Investigator Award|
|National Institute on Aging (NIH)||2014
||2019||K23 Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research|
|UCSF Pepper Center||2014
||2015||Associate Scholar Genius Award |
|National Institute on Aging (NIH)||2013
|UCSF Pepper Center||2013
||2014||Pilot Award in Aging Research|
|Association of Specialty Professors||2013
||2015||T. Franklin Williams Scholar|
|UCSF Liver Center||2013
|UCSF Resource Allocation Program||2013
||2014||UCSF Pilot for Junior Investigator Award|
|American College of Gastroenterology||2012
||2015||Junior Faculty Career Development Award|
|American College of Physicians||2012
|American College of Gastrenterology||2011
||2012||Clinical Research Award|
|American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases||2011
||2012||Transplant Hepatology Fellowship|
|International Liver Transplantation Society||2011||Vanguard Award|
|Northern California Kaiser Permanente||2009
||2010||Sylvia Allison Kaplan Clinical Research Award|
|Tufts University School of Medicine||2005||Alpha 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, American College of Gastroenterology, and International Liver Transplantation Society. She has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP). She serves as Associate Editor for Transplantation (journal) and is a member for the Editorial Board for Liver Transplantation (journal).
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