Surgery Websites
Transplant Surgery »  Meet the Team »  Hepatology »  Jennifer C. Lai, M.D., M.B.A.
Jennifer C. Lai, M.D., M.B.A.

Jennifer C. Lai, M.D., M.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
General Hepatology and Liver Transplantation
Department of Medicine

Contact Information

Academic Office
Division of Gastroenterology
513 Parnassus Avenue, Room S-357
San Francisco, CA 94143-0358
(415) 476-6422 - Phone
(415) 476-0659 - Fax
Jennifer.Lai@ucsf.edu
Open Popup
  • Stanford University, BS, Biology, 1996-2000
  • Tufts University School of Medicine, MD, MBA, 2001-2005
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia, Intern, Internal Medicine, 2005-2006
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia, Resident, Internal Medicine, 2006-2008
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Gastroenterology, 2008-2011
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Transplant Hepatology, 2011-2012
  • University of California, San Francisco, Advanced Training in Clinical Research, 2009-2010
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
  • UCSF Liver Center
  • Hepatitis C virus (HCV)
  • Impact of function status in patients on the liver-transplant waiting list
  • Patterns of donor liver allocation and liver transplant outcomes

Dr. Jennifer C. Lai is a general and transplant hepatologist, specializing in treating patients with chronic viral hepatitis (both B and C), autoimmune disorders, and those with end-stage liver disease needing liver transplantation. 

After earning her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and combined MD/MBA degrees from Tufts University, she completed residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and gastroenterology and advanced/transplant hepatology fellowships at UCSF. She is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, American Society of Transplantation, American Gastroenterological Association, and American College of Gastroenterology. She has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP). Dr. Lai is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. 

  • AST/Novartis Faculty Development Award (grant), American Society of Transplantation, 2016-2017
  • Clinical Science Career Development Award, American Society of Transplantation, 2016
  • New Investigator Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2015
  • Young Investigator Award, International Liver Transplantation Society, 2015
  • Paul B. Beeson Scholar in Aging Research (grant), American Federation for Aging Research, 2014-2019
  • Associate Scholar Genius Award (grant), UCSF Pepper Center, 2014-2015
  • T. Franklin Williams Scholar (grant), Association of Specialty Professors, 2013-2015
  • Pilot/Feasibility Award (grant), UCSF Liver Center, 2013-2014
  • Pilot Award in Aging Research (grant), UCSF Pepper Center, 2013-2014
  • Pilot for Junior Investigator Award (grant), UCSF Resource Allocation Program, 2013-2014
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2012-curr
  • Junior Faculty Career Development Award (grant), American College of Gastroenterology, 2012-2015
  • Transplant Hepatology Fellowship (grant), American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, 2011-2012
  • Clinical Research Award (grant), American College of Gastrenterology, 2011-2012
  • Vanguard Award, International Liver Transplantation Society, 2011
  • Sylvia Allison Kaplan Clinical Research Award (grant), Northern California Kaiser Permanente, 2009-2010
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2005
View all

Dr. Lai has engaged in research investigating clinical outcomes in patients with chronic liver disease. Her research focuses on three main areas:

1) Understanding the impact of functional status and physiologic reserve (i.e., frailty) in patients with cirrhosis awaiting liver transplantation (actively enrolling)

2) Evaluating the association between chronic hepatitis C and systemic inflammation with Vitamin D status and bone mineral density (actively enrolling)

3) Characterizing patterns of liver allocation and distribution and their association with liver transplant outcomes (both pre- and post-transplant) on a national level

Most recent publications from a total of 78
  1. 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 (HCV) Infection. J Viral Hepat. 2018 Oct 19. View in PubMed
  2. Ge J, Hsu EK, Bucuvalas J, Lai JC. Deceased Pediatric Donor Livers: How Current Policy Drives Allocation and Transplantation. Hepatology. 2018 Oct 03. View in PubMed
  3. Ebadi M, Wang CW, Lai JC, Dasarathy S, Kappus MR, Dunn MA, Carey EJ, Montano-Loza AJ. Poor performance of psoas muscle index for identification of patients with higher waitlist mortality risk in cirrhosis. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 2018 Sep 29. View in PubMed
  4. Kuo SZ, Lizaola B, Hayssen H, Lai JC. Beta-blockers and physical frailty in patients with end-stage liver disease. World J Gastroenterol. 2018 Sep 07; 24(33):3770-3775. View in PubMed
  5. Chascsa DM, Lai JC, Dunn MA, Montano-Loza AJ, Kappus MR, Dasarathy S, Carey EJ. Patient and Caregiver Attitudes and Practices of Exercise in Candidates Listed for Liver Transplantation. Dig Dis Sci. 2018 Sep 03. View in PubMed
  6. Cullaro G, Hirose R, Lai JC. Changes in Simultaneous Liver Kidney Transplant Allocation Policy May Impact Post Liver Transplant Outcomes. Transplantation. 2018 Aug 06. View in PubMed
  7. Bajaj JS, Vargas HE, Reddy KR, Lai JC, O'leary JG, Tandon P, Wong F, Mitrani R, White MB, Kelly M, Fagan A, Patil R, Sait S, Sikaroodi M, Thacker LR, Gillevet PM. Association Between Intestinal Microbiota Collected at Hospital Admission and Outcomes of Patients with Cirrhosis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Jul 20. View in PubMed
  8. Schwartz JB, Gallagher C, Jorde R, Berg V, Walsh J, Eastell R, Evans AL, Bowles S, Naylor KE, Jones KS, Schoenmakers I, Holick M, Orwoll E, Nielson C, Kaufman M, Jones G, Bouillon R, Lai J, Verotta D, Bikle D. Determination of free 25(OH)D concentrations and their relationships to total 25(OH)D in multiple clinical populations. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Jun 27. View in PubMed
  9. Bajaj JS, Tandon P, O'Leary JG, Biggins SW, Wong F, Kamath PS, Garcia-Tsao G, Maliakkal B, Lai JC, Fallon M, Thuluvath P, Vargas HE, Subramanian RM, Thacker LR, Reddy KR. The Impact of Albumin Use on Resolution of Hyponatremia in Hospitalized Patients With Cirrhosis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2018 Jun 08. View in PubMed
  10. Lai JC, Tandon P. How I Approach It: Improving Nutritional Status in Patients With Cirrhosis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2018 Jun 05. View in PubMed
  11. View All Publications
Publications provided by UCSF Profiles, powered by CTSI at UCSF. View profile of Jennifer C. Lai, M.D., M.B.A.
Please note: UCSF Profiles publications are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Researchers can login to make corrections and additions, or contact CTSI for help.

Site Directory
    X