Victoria Tang, MD, MAS

Title(s)Associate Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address4150 Clement Street, #220H
San Francisco CA 94121
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 26144
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    Dr. Tang is a clinician-researcher who is a national leader in improving the lives of older adults in the surgical setting. Dr. Tang received her MD from University of Texas-Southwestern in 2005. She completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatrics at UT-Southwestern. Dr. Tang joined the UCSF faculty in June 2016, and she is a geriatrician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

    Dr. Tang is an internationally known expert in geriatric surgical care and research. Dr. Tang’s expertise has helped develop geriatric-specific guidelines across multiple disciplines, such as with the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American College of Surgeons. Her expertise has also helped develop the first geriatric surgical verification program in the nation. Dr. Tang’s research has been featured in high-impact journals, including JAMA-Internal Medicine, JAMA-Surgery, and Annals of Surgery and in the public media, including the New York Times and USA Today.

    Dr. Tang’s research has garnered local and national support through generous grant funding. Most recently, Dr. Tang received the prestigious aging leadership award, NIH/NIA K76 Beeson Award, which identifies leaders in aging research. Dr. Tang’s overall objective of her current research is to understand the psychosocial experience of older surgical patients and caregivers and to develop and pilot test a psychosocial intervention to improve depressive symptoms, coping skills, and social support in older surgical patients. The central hypothesis of this project is that with a greater understanding of the psychosocial experience and interventions designed to mitigate the effects of psychosocial vulnerability, post-operative outcomes, such as physical function and quality of life, will improve.

    Dr. Tang is committed to building supportive communities that promote continuing self-development and leadership in trainees and junior faculty. Dr. Tang is the Director of Career Development for Wellness within the Division of Geriatrics. With her research and mentoring expertise, she has built and leads a community of junior researchers within the geriatrics division (Early Division of Geriatrics Investigators -- EDGI). EDGI supports junior aging researchers with peer-mentoring, leadership development, and representation within the larger research community. Dr. Tang is also the Program Director of the VA Quality Scholars Program, dedicated to developing future healthcare leaders within the VA system.

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    Improving Outcomes of Older Adults with Psychosocial Vulnerability Undergoing Major Surgery
    NIH K76AG059931Sep 1, 2019 - Apr 30, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Geriatric Factors and Outcomes after High Risk Surgery in Older Adults
    NIH R03AG056342Aug 1, 2017 - May 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. "There's So Much That They're Enduring": Experiences of Older Adults Undergoing Major Elective Surgery. Ann Surg. 2024 Apr 09. Kata A, Dillon EC, Christina Keny RN, Yank V, Covinsky KE, Raue PJ, Sandhu HK, Tang VL. PMID: 38591223.
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    2. Trajectories of Postoperative Depressive Symptoms in Older Patients Undergoing Major Surgery. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Jan 02; 7(1):e2354154. Cenzer I, Inouye SK, Raue PJ, Keny C, Cooper Z, Tang VL. PMID: 38294817; PMCID: PMC10831558.
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    3. "It's Incapacitated Me in so Many Ways": Older Adults' Lived Experience With Postoperative Symptoms at Home After Major Elective Surgery. Ann Surg. 2024 May 01; 279(5):736-742. Keny C, Dillon EC, Russell MM, Colley A, Yank V, Tang V. PMID: 38050761.
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    4. Social Strain is associated with Functional Decline in Older Adults after Surgery. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 Feb; 39(2):351-353. Tang VL, Cenzer I, Keny C, John Boscardin W, Covinsky K, Finlayson E, Kotwal A. PMID: 37946019; PMCID: PMC10853096.
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    5. Multisite Implementation of an American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Quality Improvement Initiative. J Am Coll Surg. 2023 08 01; 237(2):171-181. Ma M, Peters XD, Zhang LM, Hornor M, Christensen K, Coleman J, Finlayson E, Flood KL, Katlic M, Lagoo-Deenadayalan S, Robinson TN, Rosenthal RA, Tang VL, Ko CY, Russell MM. PMID: 37185633.
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    6. Postoperative Functional Health Status in Older Adults Undergoing Minor Surgery: An Observational Study. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2022 Oct 17; 235(5):s38-s39. Dharmasukrit DC, Shinall SM, Jeon JS, Boscardin BJ, Tang TV. .
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    7. Social Strain Is Associated with Functional Health in Older Adults after Major Surgery. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2022 Oct 17; 235(5):s39-s39. Tang TV, Finlayson FE, Boscardin BJ, Kotwal KA. .
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    8. The Lived Experience of Geriatric Surgical Patients Who Describe Challenging Postoperative Symptoms and the Perceived Impact on Recovery: A Qualitative Thematic Analysis. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2022 Oct 17; 235(5):s39-s39. Keny KC, Tang TV, Colley CA, Yank YV. .
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    9. Psychosocial Stress Before Major Oncologic Operations: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Palliative Care Provider Documentation. Ann Surg. 2021 12 01; 274(6):e649-e650. Shinall MC, Beskow LM, Karlekar M, Martin SF, Robbins SG, Tang VL. PMID: 33843799; PMCID: PMC8501144.
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    10. Public Opinions About Surgery in Older Adults: A Thematic Analysis. Ann Surg. 2023 03 01; 277(3):e513-e519. Dharmasukrit C, Ramaiyer M, Dillon EC, Russell MM, Dutt M, Colley A, Tang VL. PMID: 35129499; PMCID: PMC9081294.
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    11. Long-Term Functional Decline in Older Adults That Survived 6 Months after Major Surgery. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2020 Oct 1; 231(4):e23-e24. Tang TV, Jeon JS, Finlayson FE, Boscardin BJ, covinsky ck. .
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    12. Preoperative Depressive Symptoms Associated with Poor Functional Recovery after Surgery. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 12; 68(12):2814-2821. Tang VL, Cenzer I, McCulloch CE, Finlayson E, Cooper Z, Silvestrini M, Ngo S, Schmitt EM, Inouye SK. PMID: 32898280; PMCID: PMC7744402.
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    13. Anxious, Depressed, and Planning for the Future: Advance Care Planning in Diverse Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 11; 68(11):2638-2642. McMahan RD, Barnes DE, Ritchie CS, Jin C, Shi Y, David D, Walker EJ, Tang VL, Sudore RL. PMID: 32783199; PMCID: PMC7719568.
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    14. Advance Care Planning Prior to Death in Older Adults with Hip Fracture. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 07; 35(7):1946-1953. Kata A, Cenzer I, Sudore RL, Covinsky KE, Tang VL. PMID: 32367390; PMCID: PMC7351969.
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    15. Association of Functional, Cognitive, and Psychological Measures With 1-Year Mortality in Patients Undergoing Major Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2020 05 01; 155(5):412-418. Tang VL, Jing B, Boscardin J, Ngo S, Silvestrini M, Finlayson E, Covinsky KE. PMID: 32159753; PMCID: PMC7066523.
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    16. Including the Family in Perioperative Care of Older Adults-A Call for HELP. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 01 01; 180(1):25-26. Tang V, Finlayson E, Covinsky K. PMID: 31633747.
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    17. What Matters? The Valued Life Activities of Older Adults Undergoing Elective Surgery. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 11; 67(11):2305-2310. Kata A, Dutt M, Sudore RL, Finlayson E, Broering JM, Tang VL. PMID: 31400227; PMCID: PMC6910083.
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    18. How Did We Get Here? A Broader View of the Postoperative Period. Anesthesiol Clin. 2019 Sep; 37(3):411-422. Kaplan JA, Tang V, Finlayson E. PMID: 31337475.
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    19. Advance Care Planning in Older Adults With Multiple Chronic Conditions Undergoing High-Risk Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2019 03 01; 154(3):261-264. Tang VL, Dillon EC, Yang Y, Tai-Seale M, Boscardin J, Kata A, Sudore RL. PMID: 30516794; PMCID: PMC6439627.
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    20. Optimizing the Feasibility and Scalability of a Geriatric Surgery Quality Improvement Initiative. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 05; 67(5):1074-1078. Hornor MA, Tang VL, Berian J, Robinson TN, Coleman J, Katlic MR, Rosenthal RA, Christensen K, Baker T, Finlayson E, Lagoo-Deenadaayalan SA, Ko CY, Russell MM. PMID: 30747992.
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    21. Functional Status and Survival After Breast Cancer Surgery in Nursing Home Residents. JAMA Surg. 2018 12 01; 153(12):1090-1096. Tang V, Zhao S, Boscardin J, Sudore R, Covinsky K, Walter LC, Esserman L, Mukhtar R, Finlayson E. PMID: 30167636; PMCID: PMC6433538.
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    22. Increasing Advance Care Planning Using a Surgical Optimization Program for Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 10; 66(10):2017-2021. Kata A, Sudore R, Finlayson E, Broering JM, Ngo S, Tang VL. PMID: 30289968; PMCID: PMC6181775.
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    23. Age, comorbidity, life expectancy, and pulmonary nodule follow-up in older veterans. PLoS One. 2018; 13(7):e0200496. Wong ML, Shi Y, Fung KZ, Ngo S, Elicker BM, Brown JK, Hiatt RA, Tang VL, Walter LC. PMID: 30044854; PMCID: PMC6059441.
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    24. Older Adult and Surrogate Perspectives on Serious, Difficult, and Important Medical Decisions. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 08; 66(8):1515-1523. Petrillo LA, McMahan RD, Tang V, Dohan D, Sudore RL. PMID: 29972594; PMCID: PMC6167167.
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    25. Application of the RAND-UCLA Appropriateness Methodology to a Large Multidisciplinary Stakeholder Group Evaluating the Validity and Feasibility of Patient-Centered Standards in Geriatric Surgery. Health Serv Res. 2018 10; 53(5):3350-3372. Berian JR, Baker TL, Rosenthal RA, Coleman J, Finlayson E, Katlic MR, Lagoo-Deenadayalan SA, Tang VL, Robinson TN, Ko CY, Russell MM. PMID: 29569262; PMCID: PMC6153160.
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    26. Hospital Standards to Promote Optimal Surgical Care of the Older Adult: A Report From the Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery. Ann Surg. 2018 02; 267(2):280-290. Berian JR, Rosenthal RA, Baker TL, Coleman J, Finlayson E, Katlic MR, Lagoo-Deenadayalan SA, Tang VL, Robinson TN, Ko CY, Russell MM. PMID: 28277408.
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    27. OUTCOMES AFTER BREAST CANCER SURGERY IN NURSING HOME RESIDENTS: A NATIONAL STUDY. Innovation in Aging. 2017 Jul 1; 1(suppl_1):460-461. Tang TV, Sudore SR, Covinsky CK, Ritchie RC, Zhao ZS, Finlayson FE. .
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    28. Outcomes after Breast Cancer Surgery in Nursing Home Residents: A National Study. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2016 Oct 1; 223(4):e34-e35. Tang TV, Zhao ZS, Boscardin BW, Ritchie RC, Finlayson FE. .
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    29. Rates of Recovery to Pre-Fracture Function in Older Persons with Hip Fracture: an Observational Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Feb; 32(2):153-158. Tang VL, Sudore R, Cenzer IS, Boscardin WJ, Smith A, Ritchie C, Wallhagen M, Finlayson E, Petrillo L, Covinsky K. PMID: 27605004; PMCID: PMC5264672.
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    30. Frailty and Surgical Decision Making. Ann Intern Med. 2016 11 01; 165(9):669-670. Tang VL, Covinsky K. PMID: 27548427; PMCID: PMC5340295.
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    31. One-Year Mortality After Hip Fracture: Development and Validation of a Prognostic Index. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 09; 64(9):1863-8. Cenzer IS, Tang V, Boscardin WJ, Smith AK, Ritchie C, Wallhagen MI, Espaldon R, Covinsky KE. PMID: 27295578; PMCID: PMC5026872.
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    32. Postoperative Functional Outcomes in Older Adults. Curr Surg Rep. 2016 Jun; 4(6). Brinson Z, Tang VL, Finlayson E. PMID: 28344894; PMCID: PMC5362160.
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    33. Clinician Factors Associated With Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening in Older Veterans With Limited Life Expectancy. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 05 01; 176(5):654-61. Tang VL, Shi Y, Fung K, Tan J, Espaldon R, Sudore R, Wong ML, Walter LC. PMID: 27042937; PMCID: PMC5362377.
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    34. Time to benefit for colorectal cancer screening: survival meta-analysis of flexible sigmoidoscopy trials. BMJ. 2015 Apr 16; 350:h1662. Tang V, Boscardin WJ, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Lee SJ. PMID: 25881903; PMCID: PMC4399600.
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    35. Statin medications are associated with a lower probability of having an abnormal screening prostate-specific antigen result. Urology. 2014 Nov; 84(5):1058-65. Shi Y, Fung KZ, Freedland SJ, Hoffman RM, Tang VL, Walter LC. PMID: 25443902; PMCID: PMC4254664.
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    36. Predictors of rehospitalization after admission for pneumonia in the veterans affairs healthcare system. J Hosp Med. 2014 Jun; 9(6):379-83. Tang VL, Halm EA, Fine MJ, Johnson CS, Anzueto A, Mortensen EM. PMID: 24648401; PMCID: PMC4047676.
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    37. Trends in hospice referral and length of stay at a veterans hospital over the past decade. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013 Aug; 30(5):432-6. Tang VL, French CJ, Cipher DJ, Rastogi P. PMID: 22822158.
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