Priya Kathpalia, MD


Dr. Priya Kathpalia is a gastroenterologist with a special interest in esophageal and other gastrointestinal motility disorders—digestive conditions related to the passage of food and secretions. She is also trained in performing colonoscopies, polypectomies and endoscopies of the upper digestive tract.

Prior to concentrating on motility disorders, Kathpalia's research focused on inflammatory bowel disease and liver diseases.

After earning her medical degree at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Kathpalia completed a residency in internal medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, where she also served as chief resident. Kathpalia then completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at UCSF, where she trained with international experts in esophagology.

Kathpalia belongs to the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Northern California Society for Clinical Gastroenterology. She is an assistant professor of medicine at UCSF.

In her free time, Kathpalia enjoys traveling, photography and tennis.


Center for the Study of Gastrointestinal Motility and Secretion
1701 Divisadero St., Suite 120
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 502-4444
Fax: (415) 502-2249

Endoscopy at Mount Zion
1600 Divisadero St., First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone (For appointments): (415) 502-4444
Phone: (415) 885-7768
Fax : (415) 502-2249

Hours: Hours vary depending on patient appointments

Gastroenterology at Mount Zion
1701 Divisadero St., Suite 120
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 502-4444
Fax: (415) 502-2249

Hours: Monday to Friday
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Board Certification

Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

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Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 2010


Loyola University Medical Center, Internal Medicine 2014


UCSF Medical Center, Gastroenterology 2017

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Carlson DA, Kathpalia P, Craft J, Tye M, Lin Z, Kahrilas PJ, Pandolfino JE. The relationship between esophageal acid exposure and the esophageal response to volumetric distention. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2017 Nov 02.
  2. Mukhtar NA, Kathpalia P, Hilton JF, Lau G, Yu A, Grumbach K, Nguyen TT, Chan D, Khalili M. Provider, Patient, and Practice Factors Shape Hepatitis B Prevention and Management by Primary Care Providers. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2017 Aug; 51(7):626-631.
  3. Velayos F, Kathpalia P, Finlayson E. Changing Paradigms in Detection of Dysplasia and Management of Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Is Colectomy Still Necessary? Gastroenterology. 2017 Feb; 152(2):440-450.e1.
  4. Kathpalia P, Smith A, Lai JC. Underutilization of palliative care services in the liver transplant population. World J Transplant. 2016 Sep 24; 6(3):594-8.
  5. Kathpalia P, Kane S, Mahadevan U. Detectable Drug Levels in Infants Exposed to Biologics: So What? Gastroenterology. 2016 Jul; 151(1):25-6.
  6. Kathpalia P, Bhatia A, Robertazzi S, Ahn J, Cohen SM, Sontag S, Luke A, Durazo-Arvizu R, Pillai AA. Indwelling peritoneal catheters in patients with cirrhosis and refractory ascites. Intern Med J. 2015 Oct; 45(10):1026-31.
  7. Kathpalia P, Ahn J. Assessment of jaundice in the hospitalized patient. Clin Liver Dis. 2015 Feb; 19(1):155-70.

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