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Francis Yao


Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Francis Yao is a gastroenterologist who serves as medical director of the UCSF Liver Transplant Program. He also directs the UCSF Liver Transplant Outreach and Community Liaison Program.

In his research, Yao is interested in liver cancer treatment, particularly as related to liver transplants. He has contributed to important publications in this area. His other research interests include hepatitis B infection and outcomes for patients undergoing liver transplantation.

  • Education

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1987

  • Residencies

    Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Internal Medicine, 1990

  • Fellowships

    Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Gastroenterology, 1993

  • Academic Title


  • Languages



Where I see patients (4)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    384 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 02, 2023
    Nov 02, 2023
    Always takes the time to answer my concerns. I find that very comforting with the diagnosis I've been given.
    Nov 01, 2023
    Great experience!! Dr. Yao and UCSF are the best.
    Oct 19, 2023
    The doctor is very nice and kind the process is very careful and professional and the patient is cared for. I felt at ease after seeing the doctor.
    Sep 25, 2023
    It's very disappointing and unfortunate that Blue Cross will be ending their contract with UCSF. Not sure what I can do now. I need a specialist like Dr. Yao.
    Sep 20, 2023
    Excellent professional.
    Sep 16, 2023
    Nice services and very nice workers
    Aug 29, 2023
    One of the finest doctors I've ever seen.
    Aug 17, 2023
    Reliable and peofessional
    Aug 04, 2023
    Great experience!
    Jul 30, 2023
    This appointment was not actually with Dr. Yao. But he is great.
    Jul 26, 2023
    Dr Yao is honestly the best health professional I have ever come across. He is always prepared for my visit and takes the time to listen to my questions and concerns. I appreciate his thoughtful approach to care taking the time to explain what he recommends and why. He is wonderful at educating the patient bringing up pictures and research articles to explain his clinical reasoning. He is concerned about the person as a whole vs the pathology he is seeing the patient for. I have recommended him to many of my patients and will continue to do so!
    Jul 26, 2023
    Good experience: The care provider (Dr. Francis Yao) was very patient listen to my concerns and provided his opinion and recommendation based on his knowledge and profound experience. I was very clear on what I need to do to deal with my concerns after my visit with Dr Yao.
    Jul 24, 2023
    Thee best provider yet!!
    Jun 20, 2023
    Cannot say enough about the provides attention to test results ease in hearing my concerns and always willing to go up and beyond to manage my care through this very uncertain diagnosis. I am truly grateful.
    Jun 08, 2023
    Dr. Yao is an excellent doctor and I feel very fortunate to have him as my provider.
    Jun 06, 2023
    Jun 02, 2023
    Dr. Yao is such a great doctor he really listens to me gives me great information and really seems to care.
    May 31, 2023
    Dr Yao is the best! I so look forward to my in person visits as he is thorough and addresses every concern. I actually told him he can never retire. I have never experienced such a professional yet compassionate Dr with exemplary bedside manner when dealing with a patient. I owe him my journey back to good health. He's the best!
    May 31, 2023
    On point!!!
    Apr 23, 2023
    Dr. Yao has been nothing but professional and courteous. I have learned so much about my particular disease from Dr. Yao and feel well cared for. .
    Apr 10, 2023
    I am very pleased with Dr Yao and the care he provides.
    Apr 06, 2023
    I am very grateful that Dr. Yao participates in this clinic once a month for those of us who cannot get into San Francisco easily.
    Apr 01, 2023
    I am so grateful for Dr. Yao's expertise and feel very lucky that he is the one providing my care. He is excellent!
    Mar 25, 2023
    Dr. Yao is an amazing soul
    Mar 24, 2023
    DR Yao was very professional and prepared. He spoke to me In a way that was easy to understand and was very kind.He had a plan to address my problem and I felt confident In his approach. Dr.Yao Is a wonderful complement to U.C. S.F. I feel very fortunate to get In to see him.
    Mar 23, 2023
    Dr Yao is the best. He is a very caring doctor
    Mar 04, 2023
    I have been seeing Dr Yao for an extended period for an unusual health issue. He is compassionate clear in his instructions and provides excellent guidance about drug interactions
    Mar 01, 2023
    Dr. Yao is awesome! So kind friendly caring. He listens.
    Feb 23, 2023
    Dr. Yao is always extremely professional caring and friendly.
    Feb 23, 2023
    Outstanding doctor! Dr Yao
    Feb 09, 2023
    Memetic my expectation
    Feb 02, 2023
    Very satisfied with visit. Please start a PBC study.
    Jan 28, 2023
    Always has the best service
    Jan 26, 2023
    Dr. Yao is very good at providing the information needed.
    Dec 18, 2022
    Thorough good listener compassionate
    Nov 27, 2022
    Dr Yao is incredible!! Everyone I've ever dealt with at UCSF is incredible! When is speak either people about how patients are treated I always say that you have a completely different culture. Even the janitors are incredibly kind and considerate.
    Nov 23, 2022
    Dr Yao is the best! He saved my life and I am forever grateful. I have been with him 5 years and he's definitely a fantastic people person Dr. He remembers past interactions and always answers your questions directly. I have too many accolades about him; his mannerisms knowledge and caring.
    Nov 09, 2022
    Dr. Yao is always patient informative and I always feel that he is listening to my concerns and has my best interest for my health in mind.
    Oct 23, 2022
    No bad experience with Dr Yao . I trust him .
    Oct 22, 2022
    Always a positive experience with Dr Yao. He listens cares and gives good directions going forward.
    Sep 29, 2022
    Dr. Yao is great. He listens and is friendly and reassuring. When you have a serious medical issue it is essential to find a physician that you feel you can trust. I am so blessed to have Dr. Yao on my care team.
    Sep 28, 2022
    Wonderful listener! Great at explaining. Makes you feel valued.
    Sep 22, 2022
    Dr Yao is professional and compassionate. He takes the time to listen and address concerns or questions. His staff responds promptly when needed. Overall a great experience with him and his team.
    Aug 23, 2022
    Excellent doctor. Easy to speak with and very thorough.
    Aug 18, 2022
    Dr Yao is fantastic. Excellent doctor. Cares about his patients.
    Aug 04, 2022
    Reliable and Good experience
    Jul 30, 2022
    Everyone made me feel important and listened to.
    Jul 28, 2022
    Dr Yao is a thoughtful caring and thorough doctor. He is the best Dr. I've ever had. He has calmed my fears and carefully explained everything without rushing. Love him!
    Jul 25, 2022
    Dr. Yao's bedside manner is excellent. It inspires openness and confidence.
    Jul 19, 2022
    The care provider is very friendly and a good listener. He listened carefully and provided detailed explanations and advice to all my questions and concerns. He is very knowledgeable in his field.
    Jul 17, 2022
    Very good !
    Jun 13, 2022
    Dr. Yao has been forthcoming with all my care and has excellent communication skills about my care. He has always responded in a timely manner to my concerns. He has my upmost respect.
    Feb 03, 2022
    Reliable experience