University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Francis Yao, MD

Francis Yao, MD

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology), UCSF

Selected Publications

  1. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Hirose R, Yao FY. Misdiagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Patients Receiving no Loco-regional Therapy Prior to Liver Transplant: An Analysis of the OPTN Explant Pathology Form. Clin Transplant. 2017 Sep 07.
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  2. Mehta N, Heimbach J, Lee D, Dodge JL, Harnois D, Burns J, Sanchez W, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Wait Time of Less Than 6 and Greater Than 18 Months Predicts Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence After Liver Transplantation: Proposing a Wait Time "Sweet Spot". Transplantation. 2017 Sep; 101(9):2071-2078.
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  3. Lewin SM, Mehta N, Kelley RK, Roberts JP, Yao FY, Brandman D. Liver transplantation recipients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis have lower risk hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2017 Aug; 23(8):1015-1022.
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  4. Mehta N, Heimbach J, Harnois DM, Sapisochin G, Dodge JL, Lee D, Burns JM, Sanchez W, Greig PD, Grant DR, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Validation of a Risk Estimation of Tumor Recurrence After Transplant (RETREAT) Score for Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence After Liver Transplant. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Apr 01; 3(4):493-500.
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  5. Mehta N, Yao FY. Transarterial Radioembolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Who, When… and Y(90)? Gastroenterology. 2016 Dec; 151(6):1062-1065.
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  6. Sapisochin G, Facciuto M, Rubbia-Brandt L, Marti J, Mehta N, Yao FY, Vibert E, Cherqui D, Grant DR, Hernandez-Alejandro R, Dale CH, Cucchetti A, Pinna A, Hwang S, Lee SG, Agopian VG, Busuttil RW, Rizvi S, Heimbach JK, Montenovo M, Reyes J, Cesaretti M, Soubrane O, Reichman T, Seal J, Kim PT, Klintmalm G, Sposito C, Mazzaferro V, Dutkowski P, Clavien PA, Toso C, Majno P, Kneteman N, Saunders C, Bruix J. Liver transplantation for "very early" intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma: International retrospective study supporting a prospective assessment. Hepatology. 2016 Oct; 64(4):1178-88.
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  7. Mehta N, Yao FY. Reply. Liver Transpl. 2016 Aug; 22(8):1164-5.
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  8. Sarkar M, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Terrault N, Yao F, Mehta N.  Increased hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence in women compared to men with high alpha fetoprotein at liver transplant. Ann Hepatol. 2016 Jul-Aug; 15(4):545-9.
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  9. Mehta N, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Lack of benefits of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor in patients transplanted for hepatocellular carcinoma: Is this the end of the story? Liver Transpl. 2016 05; 22(5):582-4.
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  10. Mehta N, Yao FY. Hepatocellular cancer as indication for liver transplantation: pushing beyond Milan. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2016 Apr; 21(2):91-8.
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  11. Mehta N, Yao FY. Nucleos(t)ide analogs reduce the risk of hepatitis B-associated hepatocellular carcinoma: A can't miss proposition? Hepatology. 2016 May; 63(5):1415-7.
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  12. Mehta N, Sarkar M, Dodge JL, Fidelman N, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Intention to treat outcome of T1 hepatocellular carcinoma with the "wait and not ablate" approach until meeting T2 criteria for liver transplant listing. Liver Transpl. 2016 Feb; 22(2):178-87.
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  13. Mehta N, Heimbach J, Hirose R, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Minimal Transplant Survival Benefit for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Is it Real or an Overestimation of Waitlist Life Expectancy? Gastroenterology. 2016 Feb; 150(2):533-4.
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  14. Yao FY, Fidelman N. Reassessing the boundaries of liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma: Where do we stand with tumor down-staging? Hepatology. 2016 Mar; 63(3):1014-25.
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  15. Macdonald B, Sewell JL, Harper AM, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma: analysis of factors predicting outcome in 1074 patients in OPTN Region 5. Clin Transplant. 2015 Jun; 29(6):506-12.
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  16. Young K, Fidelman N, Yao FY, Hills NK, Kohi MP, Kolli KP, Taylor AG, Kerlan RK. Implications of discordant findings between hepatic angiography and cross-sectional imaging in transplant candidates with hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2015 Apr; 21(4):454-67.
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  17. Kelley RK, Magbanua MJ, Butler TM, Collisson EA, Hwang J, Sidiropoulos N, Evason K, McWhirter RM, Hameed B, Wayne EM, Yao FY, Venook AP, Park JW. Circulating tumor cells in hepatocellular carcinoma: a pilot study of detection, enumeration, and next-generation sequencing in cases and controls. BMC Cancer. 2015 Mar 31; 15:206.
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  18. Yao FY, Mehta N, Flemming J, Dodge J, Hameed B, Fix O, Hirose R, Fidelman N, Kerlan RK, Roberts JP. Downstaging of hepatocellular cancer before liver transplant: long-term outcome compared to tumors within Milan criteria. Hepatology. 2015 Jun; 61(6):1968-77.
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  19. Vagefi PA, Dodge JL, Yao FY, Roberts JP. Potential role of the donor in hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence after liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2015 Feb; 21(2):187-94.
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  20. Samoylova ML, Dodge JL, Mehta N, Yao FY, Roberts JP. Evaluating the validity of model for end-stage liver disease exception points for hepatocellular carcinoma patients with multiple nodules <2 cm. Clin Transplant. 2015 Jan; 29(1):52-9.
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