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Andy Lai, MD, MPH

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentMedicine
Address505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
Phone415-476-6760
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    UCSF Differences Matter2018Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion
    UCSF Institute for Physician Leadership2013Leadership Development
    University of California, San FranciscoResidency 2009Internal Medicine (UC-Primary Care)
    Brown Medical SchoolMD2006Medicine
    Harvard School of Public HealthMPH2005Quantitative Methods
    Brown UniversityBS2001Human Biology, Urban Studies
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    UCSF Health2018Exceptional Physician Award nominee
    Journal of Hospital Medicine2017One of 2017's most highly related (top 10%) peer reviewers
    UCSF Patient Safety Committee2017Great Catch Award
    Society of Hospital Medicine2017Award for Clinical Excellence for Physicians nominee
    UCSF School of Medicine2017Clinical Teaching Excellence Award nominee
    UCSF School of Medicine2012Clinical Teaching Excellence Award
    UCSF School of Medicine2012AOA Honor Medical Society nominee
    UCSF School of Medicine2011AOA Honor Medical Society nominee
    Brown Medical School2006Al Senft Prize
    Brown University2005Foreign Studies Fellowship [Eldoret, Kenya]
    Brown University2004Foreign Studies Fellowship [Chennai, India]

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    Andrew Lai is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine. After graduating from Brown University with degrees in Urban Studies and Human Biology in 2001, he received his MD from Brown Medical School and a MPH with a focus on quantitative methods from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2006. During medical school, he provided clinical care and worked on HIV-related projects in Chennai, India and Eldoret, Kenya. He completed internal medicine residency in the primary care track at UCSF before joining the Division of Hospital Medicine in 2009.

    He currently attends on the medical wards at Parnassus and at St. Mary's Medical Center (the latter as part of the new St. Mary's-UCSF Joint Clinical Programs) and on the Hospitalist Procedure Service. He has previously worked on the Bone Marrow Transplant and Neurosurgery Co-Management services.

    Andrew directs the Hospitalist Procedure Service, Division's Case Review Committee, and PQJ (Procedures/Quality/Jeopardy) rotation for internal medicine interns, as well as co-directs the Quality Improvement/Patient Safety elective for 4th year medical students. He is a member of the Division's High-Value Care Committee and Unit-Based Leadership Team, as well as participates in many task forces. He is part of the 2018-19 Caring Wisely awarded project teams to improve IV albumin stewardship. He frequently interviews faculty/fellowship candidates and is a RAD (Resident Advising and Development) advisor for several internal medicine residents.

    His academic interests include bedside procedural education, patient safety, quality improvement, high-value healthcare, transitions of care, and clinical reasoning. Andrew has also provided volunteer clinical care in Port-au-Prince with Project Medishare for Haiti.


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    1. Minter DJ, Kotwani P, Kohn LL, Maurer T, Lai AR. Sole-Searing Pain: Classic Kaposi's Sarcoma. Am J Med. 2017 Nov; 130(11):1262-1264. PMID: 28711553.
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    2. Schildhouse R, Lai A, Barsuk JH, Mourad M, Chopra V. Safe and Effective Bedside Thoracentesis: A Review of the Evidence for Practicing Clinicians. J Hosp Med. 2017 Apr; 12(4):266-276. PMID: 28411293.
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    3. Wan XC, Lai A, Kompala T, Ten R. Mimicker of hereditary angioedema: Idiopathic systemic capillary leak syndrome successfully treated with intravenous immunoglobulin. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2017 May; 118(5):631-632. PMID: 28377172.
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    4. Zapata JA, Lai AR, Moriates C. Is Excessive Resource Utilization an Adverse Event? JAMA. 2017 Feb 28; 317(8):849-850. PMID: 28245327.
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    5. Jensen T, Lai A, Mourad M. Can lessons from systems-based mastery learning for thoracentesis be translated to hospitalists? J Hosp Med. 2016 Nov; 11(11):811-812. PMID: 27687258.
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    6. Moriates C, Soni K, Lai A, Ranji S. The value in the evidence: teaching residents to "choose wisely". JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Feb 25; 173(4):308-10. PMID: 23358796.
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    7. Lai AR, Keet K, Yong CM, Diaz JV. Severe H1N1-Associated acute respiratory distress syndrome: A case series. Am J Med. 2010 Mar; 123(3):282-285.e2. PMID: 20193840.
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    8. Kumarasamy N, Venkatesh KK, Cecelia AJ, Devaleenal B, Lai AR, Saghayam S, Balakrishnan P, Yepthomi T, Poongulali S, Flanigan TP, Solomon S, Mayer KH. Spectrum of adverse events after generic HAART in southern Indian HIV-infected patients. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2008 Apr; 22(4):337-44. PMID: 18422462.
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    9. Lai AR, Tashima KT, Taylor LE. Antiretroviral medication considerations for individuals coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C virus. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2006 Oct; 20(10):678-92. PMID: 17052138.
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    10. Chiueh CC, Andoh T, Lai AR, Lai E, Krishna G. Neuroprotective strategies in Parkinson's disease: protection against progressive nigral damage induced by free radicals. Neurotox Res. 2000; 2(2-3):293-310. PMID: 16787846.
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