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Monika Sarkar, M.D., MAS

Assistant Professor 
Department of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Division of Gastroenterology
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San Francisco, CA 94143-0358
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  • Vassar College, BA, French & Biology, 1998-2002
  • University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, MD, 2002-2006
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Intern, Internal Medicine, 2006-2007
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Resident, Internal Medicine, 2007-2009
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Gastroenterology, 2009-2012
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Transplant Hepatology, 2012-2013
  • University of California, San Francisco, Masters in Clinical Research, 2011-2012
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Transplant Hepatology
  • UCSF Liver Center
  • Gender differences in liver transplant outcomes
  • Non invasive measures of liver fibrosis
  • Women with chronic liver disease
  • Spanish

Dr. Monika Sarkar is a transplant hepatologist and focuses on viral hepatitis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as well as liver disease in pregnancy. She has a particular research interest in women's health, including the role of sex hormones in the progression of liver disease. Dr. Sarkar supervises the training of medicine residents and both gastroenterology and liver transplant fellows. She earned her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco and completed internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed fellowships in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology, as well as her Masters in Clinical Research at UCSF.

  • K23, NIDDK, 2017-2022
  • RAP Pilot Award for Junior Investigators, UCSF, 2016-2017
  • UCSF Hellman Research Award, UCSF, 2016-2018
  • Liver Center Flex Funds, UCSF, 2015-2016
  • Liver Center Pilot/Feasibility Research Award, UCSF Liver Center, 2014-2015
  • Sheila Sherlock Career Development Research Award, AASLD, 2013-2015
  • Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award, AASLD, 2012-2013

My research program is focused on the role of sex hormones on liver injury in women, including the effects of reproductive aging, pregnancy, and androgens. I have a specific interest in young women with the hyperandrogenic condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome as these women are at high risk for developing Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and early onset liver scarring. Within the transplant setting I also study sex differences in waitlist and post transplant outcomes.

  • AASLD Sheila Sherlock Career Development Award, UCSF Liver Center Pilot Award
Most recent publications from a total of 17
  1. 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 May; 112(5):755-762. View in PubMed
  2. 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. 2016 Nov 7. View in PubMed
  3. 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. View in PubMed
  4. 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 1; 72(2):162-70. View in PubMed
  5. 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 Aug 15; 63(4):512-8. View in PubMed
  6. 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. View in PubMed
  7. 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. View in PubMed
  8. Sarkar M, Watt KD, Terrault N, Berenguer M. Outcomes in liver transplantation: does sex matter? J Hepatol. 2015 Apr; 62(4):946-55. View in PubMed
  9. Sarkar M, Terrault NA. Ending vertical transmission of hepatitis B: the third trimester intervention. Hepatology. 2014 Aug; 60(2):448-51. View in PubMed
  10. 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. View in PubMed
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