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Neil Mehta, M.D.

Neil Mehta, M.D.

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

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Academic Office
Division of Gastroenterology
513 Parnassus Avenue, Room S-357     
San Francisco, CA 94143-0358
(415) 476-6422 - Phone
(415) 476-0659 - Fax
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  • Johns Hopkins University, BA, Neuroscience, 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
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Transplant Hepatology
  • UCSF Liver Center
  • Cardiopulmonary complications of chronic liver disease
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  • Liver injury and repair (Liver transplantation)
  • Liver transplantation outcomes including expanded criteria liver transplants

Dr. Neil Mehta is a general and transplant hepatologist, specializing in treating patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and those with end-stage liver disease needing liver transplantation.

After earning his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and MD degree from UCSF, he completed residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and both gastroenterology and advanced/transplant hepatology fellowships at UCSF. Dr. Mehta is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal medicine, Gastroenterology, and Transplant Hepatology.

Dr. Mehta is engaged in research investigating clinical outcomes in patients with end-stage liver disease. His research focuses on two main areas:

  • Understanding issues related to the diagnosis and management of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) particularly with regards to outcomes in liver transplantation. Specific topics we are currently interested in are evaluating the risk of HCC recurrence post-transplant based on transplant waiting times, creating an HCC recurrence risk score, and downstaging tumors in to conventional transplant criteria.
  • Understanding the role of iron overload in patients listed for liver transplant, specifically with regards to both hepatic and cardiac iron deposition.

Mr. Mehta is also conducting research related to the diagnosis and management of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) particularly with regards to outcomes in liver transplantation.This includes a multicenter project with CPMC and Scripps to understand the role of downstaging tumors into conventional transplant criteria. He is also pursuing projects to address the risk of HCC recurrence post-transplant based on transplant waiting times as well as to create an HCC recurrence risk score. These projects are being done collaboratively with the Mayo clinic in Rochester and Jacksonville.

Dr. Mehta is also pursuing research to help optimize the management of iron overload in patients listed for liver transplant, specifically with regards to both hepatic and cardiac iron deposition.

Most recent publications from a total of 33
  1. Sadler EM, Mehta N, Bhat M, Ghanekar A, Greig PD, Grant DR, Yao F, Sapisochin G. Liver Transplantation for NASH-Related Hepatocellular Carcinoma Versus Non-NASH Etiologies of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Transplantation. 2018 Apr; 102(4):640-647. View in PubMed
  2. Mehta N, Yao FY. Living donor liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma: To expand (beyond Milan) or downstage (to Milan)? Liver Transpl. 2018 Mar; 24(3):327-329. View in PubMed
  3. Huang AC, Mehta N, Dodge JL, Yao FY, Terrault NA. Direct-acting Antivirals Do Not Increase the Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence after Local-Regional Therapy or Liver Transplant Waitlist Dropout. Hepatology. 2018 Feb 24. View in PubMed
  4. Giard JM, Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Alpha-fetoprotein Slope >7.5 ng/ml/month Predicts Micro-vascular Invasion and Tumor Recurrence after Liver Transplantation for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Transplantation. 2018 Jan 17. View in PubMed
  5. Mehta N, Yao FY. Con: Treating hepatitis C virus With direct-acting antivirals: Fear not the perceived threat of hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2017 Dec; 23(12):1596-1600. View in PubMed
  6. Mehta N, Guy J, Frenette CT, Dodge JL, Osorio RW, Minteer WB, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Excellent Outcomes of Liver Transplantation Following Down-Staging of Hepatocellular Carcinoma to Within Milan Criteria: A Multicenter Study. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Nov 23. View in PubMed
  7. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Validation of the prognostic power of the RETREAT score for hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence using the UNOS database. Am J Transplant. 2017 Oct 25. View in PubMed
  8. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Hirose R, Yao FY. Misdiagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma in patients receiving no local-regional therapy prior to liver transplant: An analysis of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network explant pathology form. Clin Transplant. 2017 Nov; 31(11). View in PubMed
  9. Mehta N, Heimbach J, Lee D, Dodge JL, Harnois D, Burns J, Sanchez W, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Wait Time of Less Than 6 and Greater Than 18 Months Predicts Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence After Liver Transplantation: Proposing a Wait Time "Sweet Spot". Transplantation. 2017 09; 101(9):2071-2078. View in PubMed
  10. Lewin SM, Mehta N, Kelley RK, Roberts JP, Yao FY, Brandman D. Liver transplantation recipients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis have lower risk hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2017 Aug; 23(8):1015-1022. View in PubMed
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