Jennifer C. Lai


Mother of two and tennis fanatic

Dr. Jennifer C. Lai is a general and transplant hepatologist who specializes in caring for patients with chronic viral hepatitis, autoimmune disorders or cirrhosis, particularly those awaiting liver transplantation.

Lai is active in patient-oriented research in three major areas: integrating core geriatric issues – such as frailty, disability, need for palliative care and multimorbidity (having more than one disease) – to patients with cirrhosis, investigating disparities in organ allocation and distribution, and assessing the impact of liver donor quality on outcomes.

As principal investigator for the Functional Assessment in Liver Transplantation (FrAILT) Study funded by the National Institutes of Health, Lai applies measures of frailty and functional status to patients with end-stage liver disease awaiting transplantation. Her research lays the groundwork for preparing these patients with therapeutic interventions that may improve their outcomes and quality of life. She is director of hepatology research at UCSF.

Lai earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and combined medical and master of business administration degrees from Tufts University. She completed her residency at New York–Presbyterian Hospital and fellowships in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology at UCSF.

Lai is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, American Society of Transplantation, American Gastroenterological Association and American College of Gastroenterology. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

  • Education

    Tufts University School of Medicine, 2005

  • Residencies

    New York Presbyterian Hospital, 2008

  • Board Certifications

    Gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Transplant Hepatology, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

My mission is to help more patients survive to transplant and thrive after.

Clinics I work with

Liver Disease and Liver Transplant

350 Parnassus Ave., Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94143

Liver Transplant Program

400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

HHT Center of Excellence

185 Berry St., Suite 180, Lobby 6
San Francisco, CA 94107

My reviews


Overall Experience
115 Reviews
Dr. Lai is the BEST Doctor i have ever had. She is very nice and pleasent to be around she really cares about my health and well being.Thank You Doctor Lai.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
115 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
115 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
113 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
115 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
115 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
115 Reviews
Decorative Caduceus

ALTA TIPS: A 5-year Longitudinal Observational Study of Patients Undergoing TIPS Placement

Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) was first developed as a salvage tool for life threatening variceal bleeding or for the management of severe ascites refractory to medical therapy. Over the past decade there ha...


Decorative Caduceus

Functional Assessment in Liver Transplantation

Grip strength: Performance-based. Measured in kilograms. This was measured in each subject's dominant hand using a hand dynamometer (Jamar Hydraulic hand dynamometer). We averaged three trials. Chair stands: Performance-based. Me...


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