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Monika Sarkar, M.D., MAS

Monika Sarkar, M.D., MAS

Assistant Professor 
Department of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Division of Gastroenterology
513 Parnassus Avenue, Room S-357
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
  • K Scholars Team Science Award, UCSF, 2017-2018
  • UCSF Hellman Research Award, UCSF, 2016-2018
  • RAP Pilot Award for Junior Investigators, UCSF, 2016-2017
  • 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
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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 25
  1. Sarkar M, Bramham K, Moritz MJ, Coscia L. Reproductive health in women following abdominal organ transplant. Am J Transplant. 2018 Feb 15. View in PubMed
  2. Campos-Varela I, Agudelo EZ, Sarkar M, Roberts JP, Terrault NA. Use of a hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA-positive donor in a treated HCV RNA-negative liver transplant recipient. Transpl Infect Dis. 2018 Feb; 20(1). View in PubMed
  3. Rubin JB, Hameed B, Gottfried M, Lee WM, Sarkar M. Acetaminophen-induced Acute Liver Failure Is More Common and More Severe in Women. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Dec 02. View in PubMed
  4. Cullaro G, Sarkar M, Lai JC. Sex-based disparities in delisting for being "too sick" for liver transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2017 Dec 01. View in PubMed
  5. Kelly EM, Dodge JL, Bacchetti P, Sarkar M, French AL, Tien PC, Glesby MJ, Golub ET, Augenbraun M, Plankey M, Peters MG. Moderate Alcohol Use Is Not Associated With Fibrosis Progression in Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Hepatitis C Virus-Coinfected Women: A Prospective Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Nov 29; 65(12):2050-2056. View in PubMed
  6. Sarkar M, Baffy G. Perinatal programming of adolescent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: A case for gender inequality? Hepatology. 2018 01; 67(1):7-9. View in PubMed
  7. Sarkar M, Dodge JL, Greenblatt RM, Kuniholm MH, DeHovitz J, Plankey M, Kovacs A, French AL, Seaberg EC, Ofotokun I, Fischl M, Overton E, Kelly E, Bacchetti P, Peters MG. Reproductive Aging and Hepatic Fibrosis Progression in Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Hepatitis C Virus-Coinfected Women. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Oct 30; 65(10):1695-1702. View in PubMed
  8. 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
  9. Tsai JH, Ferrell LD, Tan V, Yeh MM, Sarkar M, Gill RM. Aggressive non-alcoholic steatohepatitis following rapid weight loss and/or malnutrition. Mod Pathol. 2017 Jun; 30(6):834-842. View in PubMed
  10. 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. 2017 Jan 28; 31(3):365-373. View in PubMed
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