Jennifer Lai, MD, MBA

Principal Investigator


Dr. Lai is a practicing general/transplant hepatologist and board-certified Physician Nutrition Specialist who specializes in caring for patients across the entire spectrum of liver disease, from diagnosis to liver transplant—and beyond.

Dr. Lai is also a clinical investigator with a robust research program dedicated to improving the lives of patients with chronic liver disease. Her research program has been continuously supported by numerous organizations including the National Institutes of Health, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), American Society of Transplantation (AST), and American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), in addition to the generous support of grateful patients. She serves as director of the UCSF Health Advancing Research in Clinical Hepatology (ARCH), the research arm of the UCSF Division of GI/Hepatology, as well as director of Patient-Facing Research Core of the NIH-funded UCSF Liver Center.

Dr. Lai earned her B.S. from Stanford University and combined MD/MBA degrees from Tufts University School of Medicine, then completed her clinical training in Internal Medicine at Columbia University, and gastroenterology and advanced/transplant hepatology fellowships at UCSF. Dr. Lai has received many honors for her work including the SF Business Times Top 40 under 40 Leader award, AGA Young Investigator Award in Clinical Science, AST Clinical Science Career Development Award, Young Investigator Award from the International Liver Transplantation Society, and the UCSF Department of Medicine Resident Research Award. Currently, Dr. Lai serves as an Associate Editor for the Hepatology Journal (the premier hepatology journal) and a standing member of the U.S. FDA Gastrointestinal Drug Advisory Committee.

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Education And Training

Stanford University B.S.
Tufts University School of Medicine M.D./M.B.A. Medicine / Healthcare administration
Columbia University Medical Center Internship/Residency Internal Medicine
UCSF Advanced Training in Clinical Research
UCSF Fellowship in Gastroenterology
UCSF Fellowship in Advanced/Transplant Hepatology
UCSF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion 2021

Awards And Honors

UCSF 2022 Endowed Professorship in Liver Health and Transplantation
UCSF Medical School 2021 Long-Term Mentor Award
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) 2020 Young Investigator Award in Clinical Science
UCSF 2019 Floyd Rector Internal Medicine Research Mentoring Award
American Society of Transplantation 2017 Fellow
American Society of Transplantation 2016 Clinical Science Career Development Award
American Society of Transplantation 2016 AST/Novartis Faculty Development Award (grant)
American Geriatrics Society 2015 New Investigator Award
International Liver Transplantation Society 2015 Young Investigator Award
San Francisco Business Times 2015 Top 40 under 40
American Federation for Aging Research 2014 Paul B. Beeson Scholar in Aging Research (grant)
UCSF Pepper Center 2014 Associate Scholar Genius Award (grant)
Association of Specialty Professors 2013 T. Franklin Williams Scholar (grant)
American College of Gastroenterology 2012 Junior Faculty Career Development Award (grant)
American College of Gastrenterology 2011 Clinical Research Award (grant)
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2011 Transplant Hepatology Fellowship (grant)
International Liver Transplantation Society 2011 Vanguard Award
Northern California Kaiser Permanente 2009 Sylvia Allison Kaplan Clinical Research Award
Tufts University School of Medicine 2005 Alpha Omega Alpha