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Francis Y.K. Yao, M.D.

Francis Y.K. Yao, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Medicine and Surgery,
Departments of Medicine and Surgery
Medical Director, Liver Transplant Service
Director for Community Liaison, Liver Transplant Service

Contact Information

Academic Office
Division of Gastroenterology
513 Parnassus Avenue, Room S-357
San Francisco, CA 94143-0358
Phone: (415) 514-0332
Fax: 415-476-0659
Francis.yao@ucsf.edu
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  • 1979-1980 University of San Francisco, Chemistry Major
  • 1980-1983 University of California, Berkeley B.S. Chemistry with High Honors
  • 1983-1987 Albert Einstein College of Medicine. M.D. Medicine
  • 1987-1988 Stanford University Hospital, Intern, Internal Medicine
  • 1988-1990 Stanford University Hospital, Resident, Internal Medicine
  • 1990-1993 Stanford University Hospital, Fellow, Gastroenterology
  • 1995 American Board of Internal Medicine - ABIM 147033 (Re-certification 2008)
  • 1997 American Board of Gastroenterology - ABIM 147033
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UCSF Liver Transplant Program
  • UCSF Liver Center
  • Hepatitis in Asians
  • Liver Injury and Repair
  • Liver transplantation outcomes including expanded criteria liver transplants
  • Loco-regional therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma

Dr. Francis Yao is a gastroenterologist and medical director of the Liver Transplant Program at UCSF Medical Center. Dr. Yao is a professor of medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine. He also is director of UCSF's Liver Transplant Outreach and Community Liaison Program. In his research, he is interested in liver cancer treatment, particularly related to liver transplants, and has contributed to important publications in this area. His other research interests include hepatitis B infection and outcomes for liver transplantation.

Most recent publications from a total of 95
  1. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Yao FY. Reply (to LTE HEP-19-0464). Hepatology. 2019 May 16. View in PubMed
  2. DesJardin JT, Manicardi M, Svetlichnaya Y, Kolaitis NA, Papolos AI, Selby VN, Zier LS, Klein L, Aras MA, Yao FY, Roberts JP, De Marco T. Noninvasive estimation of pulmonary vascular resistance improves portopulmonary hypertension screening in liver transplant candidates. Clin Transplant. 2019 May 10; e13585. View in PubMed
  3. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Hirose R, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Predictors of low risk for dropout from the liver transplant waiting list for hepatocellular carcinoma in long wait time regions: Implications for organ allocation. Am J Transplant. 2019 Mar 12. View in PubMed
  4. Mehta N, Yao FY. What Are the Optimal Liver Transplantation Criteria for Hepatocellular Carcinoma? Clin Liver Dis (Hoboken). 2019 Jan; 13(1):20-25. View in PubMed
  5. Sinha J, Mehta N, Dodge JL, Poltavskiy E, Roberts J, Yao F. Are There Upper Limits in Tumor Burden for Down-Staging of Hepatocellular Carcinoma to Liver Transplant? Analysis of the All-Comers Protocol. Hepatology. 2019 Feb 19. View in PubMed
  6. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Hirose R, Yao FY. Alpha-Fetoprotein Decrease from > 1,000 to < 500 ng/mL in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma Leads to Improved Posttransplant Outcomes. Hepatology. 2019 Mar; 69(3):1193-1205. View in PubMed
  7. Mehta N, Monto A, Yao FY. Screening for Hepatocellular Carcinoma to Improve Cancer-Related Mortality: Looking Behind When We Should Be Looking Ahead. Gastroenterology. 2019 03; 156(4):1215-1217. View in PubMed
  8. Goldaracena N, Mehta N, Scalera I, Sposito C, Atenafu EG, Yao FY, Muiesan P, Mazzaferro V, Sapisochin G. Multicenter validation of a score to predict prognosis after the development of HCC recurrence following liver transplantation. HPB (Oxford). 2018 Oct 31. View in PubMed
  9. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Hirose R, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Increasing Liver Transplantation Wait-List Dropout for Hepatocellular Carcinoma With Widening Geographical Disparities: Implications for Organ Allocation. Liver Transpl. 2018 10; 24(10):1346-1356. View in PubMed
  10. Sherman CB, Behr S, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Yao FY, Mehta N. Distinguishing Tumor From Bland Portal Vein Thrombus in Liver Transplant Candidates With Hepatocellular Carcinoma: the A-VENA Criteria. Liver Transpl. 2019 Feb; 25(2):207-216. View in PubMed
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