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Monika Sarkar, MD, MAS

Title(s)Associate Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-502-2656
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    UCSFTransplant Hepatology Fellowship2013
    UCSFM.A.S. in Clinical Research2012 Graduate Division (Advance Training in Clinical Research)
    UCSFGastroenterology Fellowship2012
    University of PennsylvaniaInternal Medicine Residency2009
    UCSFM.D.2006School of Medicine
    Vassar CollegeBA2002
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    UCSF2017  - 2018K Scholars Team Science Award
    NIDDK2017  - 2022K23
    UCSF2016  - 2017RAP Pilot Award for Junior Investigators
    UCSF2016  - 2018 UCSF Hellman Research Award
    UCSF2015  - 2016Liver Center Flex Funds
    UCSF Liver Center2014  - 2015Liver Center Pilot/Feasibility Research Award
    AASLD2013  - 2015Sheila Sherlock Career Development Research Award
    AASLD2012  - 2013Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award

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    My clinical focus is on women with liver disease, including pregnancy-related liver conditions and reproductive health. My research program is focused on the role of sex hormones in modulating liver disease in women. I have a specific research interest in young women with the hyperandrogenic condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome given their high risk for developing Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and early onset liver scarring. Within the transplant setting my focus is reproductive health, including pregnancy and contraceptive management in transplant recipients.

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    Androgens and Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis: The Role of Male Sex Hormones in Women with NASH
    NIH/NIDDK K23DK111944Jul 10, 2017 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Sarkar M, VanWagner LB, Terry JG, Carr JJ, Rinella M, Schreiner PJ, Lewis CE, Terrault N. Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin Levels in Young Men Are Associated With Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Midlife. Am J Gastroenterol. 2019 May; 114(5):758-763. PMID: 30730350.
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    2. Sarkar M. Testosterone Levels in Women: Implications for Fatty Liver and Beyond. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2019 Feb 21. PMID: 30789289.
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    3. Kushner T, Sarkar M, Tran T. Noninvasive Tests for Prognosticating Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Liver Disease in Pregnancy: Ready for Prime Time? Am J Gastroenterol. 2019 Feb; 114(2):209-211. PMID: 30730857.
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    4. Sarkar M, Lai JC, Sawinski D, Zeigler TE, Cedars M, Forde KA. Sex hormone levels by presence and severity of cirrhosis in women with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. J Viral Hepat. 2019 Feb; 26(2):258-262. PMID: 30339729.
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    5. Ajmera VH, Terrault NA, VanWagner LB, Sarkar M, Lewis CE, Carr JJ, Gunderson EP. Longer lactation duration is associated with decreased prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in women. J Hepatol. 2019 Jan; 70(1):126-132. PMID: 30392752.
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    6. Kushner T, Sarkar M. Chronic Hepatitis B in Pregnancy. Clin Liver Dis (Hoboken). 2018 Jul; 12(1):24-28. PMID: 30988905.
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    7. Dave S, Dodge JL, Terrault NA, Sarkar M. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Graft Loss Among Female Liver Transplant Recipients. Transplant Proc. 2018 Jun; 50(5):1413-1423. PMID: 29880364.
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    8. Sarkar M, Bramham K, Moritz MJ, Coscia L. Reproductive health in women following abdominal organ transplant. Am J Transplant. 2018 May; 18(5):1068-1076. PMID: 29446243.
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    9. Sarkar M, Terrault N, Duwaerts CC, Tien P, Cedars MI, Huddleston H. The Association of Hispanic Ethnicity with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Curr Opin Gynecol Obstet. 2018 02 20; 1(1):24-33. PMID: 30112518.
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    10. Campos-Varela I, Agudelo EZ, Sarkar M, Roberts JP, Terrault NA. Use of a hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA-positive donor in a treated HCV RNA-negative liver transplant recipient. Transpl Infect Dis. 2018 Feb; 20(1). PMID: 29125670.
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    11. Cullaro G, Sarkar M, Lai JC. Sex-based disparities in delisting for being "too sick" for liver transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2018 May; 18(5):1214-1219. PMID: 29194969.
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    12. Rubin JB, Hameed B, Gottfried M, Lee WM, Sarkar M. Acetaminophen-induced Acute Liver Failure Is More Common and More Severe in Women. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Jun; 16(6):936-946. PMID: 29199145.
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    13. Kelly EM, Dodge JL, Bacchetti P, Sarkar M, French AL, Tien PC, Glesby MJ, Golub ET, Augenbraun M, Plankey M, Peters MG. Moderate Alcohol Use Is Not Associated With Fibrosis Progression in Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Hepatitis C Virus-Coinfected Women: A Prospective Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Nov 29; 65(12):2050-2056. PMID: 29020382.
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    14. Sarkar M, Baffy G. Perinatal programming of adolescent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: A case for gender inequality? Hepatology. 2018 01; 67(1):7-9. PMID: 28771759.
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    15. Sarkar M, Dodge JL, Greenblatt RM, Kuniholm MH, DeHovitz J, Plankey M, Kovacs A, French AL, Seaberg EC, Ofotokun I, Fischl M, Overton E, Kelly E, Bacchetti P, Peters MG. Reproductive Aging and Hepatic Fibrosis Progression in Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Hepatitis C Virus-Coinfected Women. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Oct 30; 65(10):1695-1702. PMID: 29020239.
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    16. Sarkar M, Wellons M, Cedars MI, VanWagner L, Gunderson EP, Ajmera V, Torchen L, Siscovick D, Carr JJ, Terry JG, Rinella M, Lewis CE, Terrault N. Testosterone Levels in Pre-Menopausal Women are Associated With Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Midlife. Am J Gastroenterol. 2017 05; 112(5):755-762. PMID: 28291240.
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    17. Tsai JH, Ferrell LD, Tan V, Yeh MM, Sarkar M, Gill RM. Aggressive non-alcoholic steatohepatitis following rapid weight loss and/or malnutrition. Mod Pathol. 2017 06; 30(6):834-842. PMID: 28256569.
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    18. Kardashian A, Ma Y, Scherzer R, Price JC, Sarkar M, Korn N, Tillinghast K, Peters MG, Noworolski SM, Tien PC. Sex differences in the association of HIV infection with hepatic steatosis. AIDS. 2017 01 28; 31(3):365-373. PMID: 27831949.
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    19. Sarkar M, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Terrault N, Yao F, Mehta N. Increased hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence in women compared to men with high alpha fetoprotein at liver transplant. Ann Hepatol. 2016 Jul - Aug; 15(4):545-549. PMID: 31227113.
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    20. Sarkar M, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Terrault N, Yao F, Mehta N.  Increased hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence in women compared to men with high alpha fetoprotein at liver transplant. Ann Hepatol. 2016 Jul-Aug; 15(4):545-9. PMID: 27236153.
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    21. Kuniholm MH, O'Brien TR, Prokunina-Olsson L, Augenbraun M, Plankey M, Karim R, Sarkar M, French AL, Pierce C, Strickler HD, Anastos K. Association of Hepatitis C Virus Infection With CD4/CD8 Ratio in HIV-Positive Women. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Jun 01; 72(2):162-70. PMID: 27183178; PMCID: PMC4874499.
    22. Kelly EM, Dodge JL, Sarkar M, French AL, Tien PC, Glesby MJ, Golub ET, Augenbraun M, Plankey M, Peters MG. Marijuana Use Is Not Associated With Progression to Advanced Liver Fibrosis in HIV/Hepatitis C Virus-coinfected Women. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 08 15; 63(4):512-8. PMID: 27225241.
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    23. Mehta N, Sarkar M, Dodge JL, Fidelman N, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Intention to treat outcome of T1 hepatocellular carcinoma with the "wait and not ablate" approach until meeting T2 criteria for liver transplant listing. Liver Transpl. 2016 Feb; 22(2):178-87. PMID: 26479422; PMCID: PMC4803445 [Available on 02/01/17].
    24. Sarkar M, Aouzierat B, Bacchetti P, Prokunina-Olsson L, French A, Seaberg E, O'Brien TR, Kuniholm MH, Minkoff H, Plankey M, Strickler HD, Peters MG. Association of IFNL3 and IFNL4 polymorphisms with liver-related mortality in a multiracial cohort of HIV/HCV-coinfected women. J Viral Hepat. 2015 Dec; 22(12):1055-60. PMID: 26115445; PMCID: PMC4618098.
    25. Sarkar M, Watt KD, Terrault N, Berenguer M. Outcomes in liver transplantation: does sex matter? J Hepatol. 2015 Apr; 62(4):946-55. PMID: 25433162.
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    26. Sarkar M, Terrault NA. Ending vertical transmission of hepatitis B: the third trimester intervention. Hepatology. 2014 Aug; 60(2):448-51. PMID: 24668789.
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    27. Sarkar M, Shvachko VA, Ready JB, Pauly MP, Terrault NA, Peters MG, Manos MM. Characteristics and management of patients with chronic hepatitis B in an integrated care setting. Dig Dis Sci. 2014 Sep; 59(9):2100-8. PMID: 24728968; PMCID: PMC4149592.
    28. Mehta N, Fidelman N, Sarkar M, Yao FY. Factors associated with outcomes and response to therapy in patients with infiltrative hepatocellular carcinoma. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 May; 11(5):572-8. PMID: 23333661; PMCID: PMC4052891.
    29. Sarkar M, Bacchetti P, Tien P, Mileti E, French AL, Edlin BR, Keller M, Seaberg E, Nowicki MJ, Young M, Peters MG. Racial/ethnic differences in spontaneous HCV clearance in HIV infected and uninfected women. Dig Dis Sci. 2013 May; 58(5):1341-8. PMID: 23179159; PMCID: PMC3663918.
    30. Sarkar M, Bacchetti P, French AL, Tien P, Glesby MJ, Nowicki M, Plankey M, Gange S, Sharp G, Minkoff H, Peters MG. Lower liver-related death in African-American women with human immunodeficiency virus/hepatitis C virus coinfection, compared to Caucasian and Hispanic women. Hepatology. 2012 Nov; 56(5):1699-705. PMID: 22618868; PMCID: PMC3440547.
    31. Sarkar M, Stewart S, Yu A, Chen MS, Nguyen TT, Khalili M. Hepatocellular carcinoma screening practices and impact on survival among hepatitis B-infected Asian Americans. J Viral Hepat. 2012 Aug; 19(8):594-600. PMID: 22762144.
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    32. Sarkar M, Hennessy S, Yang YX. Proton-pump inhibitor use and the risk for community-acquired pneumonia. Ann Intern Med. 2008 Sep 16; 149(6):391-8. PMID: 18794558.
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    33. Yang YX, Hennessy S, Propert K, Hwang WT, Sarkar M, Lewis JD. Chronic statin therapy and the risk of colorectal cancer. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2008 Sep; 17(9):869-76. PMID: 18412290.
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    34. Sarkar M, Wood R, Oh Y, Hecht TE, Kaiser L, Wasserstein A, Kochman ML. Presentation and management of acute fistulization of a foregut duplication cyst. Gastrointest Endosc. 2008 Oct; 68(4):804-6. PMID: 18436220.
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