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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

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  • Languages



Where I see patients (4)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    380 Ratings
    About our process
    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
    Dec 27, 2021
    Very satisfying and informative discussion and experience
    Dec 23, 2021
    I have an ongoing issue that requires periodic blood work and follow up with doctor. I am very happy with frequency of follow up and data provided to me.
    Dec 16, 2021
    I don't feel qualified on how my condition should be treated. Dr. Yao said I need further tests and will be talking to my hematologist and gastroenterologist about the best way to treat my case.
    Dec 16, 2021
    Still need to follow up and take the blood test and ultrasound test during the next 3 month.
    Dec 13, 2021
    I always receive excellent information and guidance from my UCSF care team and Dr. Yao in particular.
    Nov 09, 2021
    Good experience
    Oct 22, 2021
    Excellent provider
    Oct 20, 2021
    Sep 21, 2021
    Very detailed and patient. It's really very nice Dr.
    Aug 21, 2021
    Aug 07, 2021
    I have no bad experiences. Everything was good
    Jul 28, 2021
    Jul 10, 2021
    Very helpful!
    Jul 05, 2021
    A good experience. And will recommend this Liver Transplant team. To any that needs a Liver Transplant
    May 05, 2021
    no problem with dr yao
    Apr 28, 2021
    He is real professional
    Apr 27, 2021
    Dr Yao always cares and concerns about my health condition.He always listens my question and give me the best answer!

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