Patrika Tsai, MD

Title(s)Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address550 16th Street, #4604
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-476-4123
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-4263-0142 Additional info
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    University of TennesseeM.D.2000School of Medicine
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    UCSF2013Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award
    Marin Magazine2019[415] Top Doctors

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    Dr. Patrika M. Tsai is a pediatric gastroenterologist and and professor at UCSF. She has been on faculty since 2007. She is certified by the American Boards of Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Physician Nutrition Specialists, and Obesity Medicine. She is director of the pediatric celiac disease clinic and pediatric obesity clinic at UCSF known as the WATCH clinic (Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health).

    A native of Chattanooga, TN, she completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Tennessee, she completed a pediatrics internship and residency at Emory University in Atlanta. Through a fellowship at Harvard, Dr. Tsai received training in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Children’s Hospital Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University. Her interests include general pediatric gastroenterology, celiac disease, aerodigestive disorders and childhood obesity. With one in three children and adolescents affected by overweight or obesity, she believes this is one of the most important health challenges facing our nation's youth.

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    Neuroendocrine Factors in Adolescent Obesity
    NIH F32DK072816Aug 1, 2005 - Jul 31, 2007
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease increased with type 2 diabetes mellitus in overweight/obese youth with polycystic ovary syndrome. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2023 May 25; 36(5):441-446. Patel-Sanchez N, Perito E, Tsai P, Raymond-Flesch M, Lodish M, Sarkar M. PMID: 37060356; PMCID: PMC10214017.
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    2. 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, Ed. Cabana M. Malnutrition. 2019; 570-571. Posner A and Tsai PM .
    3. The vitamin D controversy. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015 Mar; 60(3):291-2. Tsai P. PMID: 25714573.
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    4. Curbside Obesity. Obesity appears to run in families. What genetic factors contribute to the development of obesity? When should I send an overweight child for evaluation for a genetic syndrome?. 2014; 17-19. Tsai P.
    5. Curbside Obesity. What body systems affect the development of obesity?. 2014; 13-15. Tsai P.
    6. Targeted hepatic sonography during clinic visits for detection of fatty liver in overweight children: a pilot study. J Ultrasound Med. 2013 Apr; 32(4):637-43. Perito ER, Tsai PM, Hawley S, Lustig RH, Feldstein VA. PMID: 23525389; PMCID: PMC5496929.
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    7. Childhood obesity for pediatric gastroenterologists. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Jan; 56(1):99-109. Huang JS, Barlow SE, Quiros-Tejeira RE, Scheimann A, Skelton J, Suskind D, Tsai P, Uko V, Warolin JP, Xanthakos SA, NASPGHAN Obesity Task Force. PMID: 23282941; PMCID: PMC3977479.
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    8. Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Eds. Caballero B, Allen L, and Prentice A. Malabsorption Syndromes. 2013; 136-142. Tsai PM and Duggan C.
    9. Nutrition Toolkit Series: How to Incorporate Pediatric Adolescent Obesity Management into Clinical Practice. 2012. Huang J, Tsai P.
    10. Targeted MRI contrast agents for pediatric hepatobiliary disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Apr; 54(4):454-62. Courtier JL, Perito ER, Rhee S, Tsai P, Heyman MB, MacKenzie JD. PMID: 22193178; PMCID: PMC3744898.
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    11. Relative growth hormone deficiency and cortisol excess are associated with increased cardiovascular risk markers in obese adolescent girls. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Aug; 94(8):2864-71. Russell M, Bredella M, Tsai P, Mendes N, Miller KK, Klibanski A, Misra M. PMID: 19435823; PMCID: PMC2730871.
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    12. Increased carbohydrate induced ghrelin secretion in obese vs. normal-weight adolescent girls. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Sep; 17(9):1689-95. Misra M, Tsai PM, Mendes N, Miller KK, Klibanski A. PMID: 19325538; PMCID: PMC3687036.
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    13. Lower growth hormone and higher cortisol are associated with greater visceral adiposity, intramyocellular lipids, and insulin resistance in overweight girls. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Aug; 295(2):E385-92. Misra M, Bredella MA, Tsai P, Mendes N, Miller KK, Klibanski A. PMID: 18544645; PMCID: PMC2519763.
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    14. Uncoupling of cardiovascular risk markers in adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa. J Pediatr. 2006 Dec; 149(6):763-769. Misra M, Miller KK, Tsai P, Stewart V, End A, Freed N, Herzog DB, Goldstein M, Riggs S, Klibanski A. PMID: 17137889.
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    15. Nutrient intake in community-dwelling adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa and in healthy adolescents. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Oct; 84(4):698-706. Misra M, Tsai P, Anderson EJ, Hubbard JL, Gallagher K, Soyka LA, Miller KK, Herzog DB, Klibanski A. PMID: 17023694; PMCID: PMC3210565.
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    16. Role of cortisol in menstrual recovery in adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa. Pediatr Res. 2006 Apr; 59(4 Pt 1):598-603. Misra M, Prabhakaran R, Miller KK, Tsai P, Lin A, Lee N, Herzog DB, Klibanski A. PMID: 16549537.
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    17. Elevated peptide YY levels in adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Mar; 91(3):1027-33. Misra M, Miller KK, Tsai P, Gallagher K, Lin A, Lee N, Herzog DB, Klibanski A. PMID: 16278259.
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    18. Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Eds. Caballero B, Allen L, and Prentice A. Malabsorption Syndromes: Nutritional Management. 2005; 196-202. Tsai PM and Duggan C .