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. DesJardin JT, Manicardi M, Svetlichnaya Y, Kolaitis NA, Papolos AI, Selby VN, Zier LS, Klein L, Aras MA, Yao FY, Roberts JP, De Marco T. Non-Invasive Estimation of Pulmonary Vascular Resistance Improves Portopulmonary Hypertension Screening in Liver Transplant Candidates. Clin Transplant. 2019 May 10; e13585.
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  2. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Hirose R, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Predictors of low risk for dropout from the liver transplant waiting list for hepatocellular carcinoma in long wait time regions: Implications for organ allocation. Am J Transplant. 2019 Mar 12.
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  3. Sinha J, Mehta N, Dodge JL, Poltavskiy E, Roberts J, Yao F. Are There Upper Limits in Tumor Burden for Down-staging of HCC to Liver Transplant? Analysis of the All-comers Protocol. Hepatology. 2019 Feb 19.
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  4. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Hirose R, Yao FY. Alpha-Fetoprotein Decrease from > 1,000 to < 500 ng/mL in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma Leads to Improved Posttransplant Outcomes. Hepatology. 2018 Dec 13.
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  5. Mehta N, Monto A, Yao FY. Screening for Hepatocellular Carcinoma to Improve Cancer-Related Mortality: Looking Behind When We Should Be Looking Ahead. Gastroenterology. 2018 Dec 10.
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  6. Goldaracena N, Mehta N, Scalera I, Sposito C, Atenafu EG, Yao FY, Muiesan P, Mazzaferro V, Sapisochin G. Multicenter validation of a score to predict prognosis after the development of HCC recurrence following liver transplantation. HPB (Oxford). 2018 Oct 31.
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  7. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Hirose R, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Increasing Liver Transplantation Wait-List Dropout for Hepatocellular Carcinoma With Widening Geographical Disparities: Implications for Organ Allocation. Liver Transpl. 2018 Oct; 24(10):1346-1356.
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  8. Sherman CB, Behr S, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Yao FY, Mehta N. Distinguishing Tumor from Bland Portal Vein Thrombus in Liver Transplant Candidates with Hepatocellular Carcinoma: The "A-VENA" Criteria. Liver Transpl. 2018 Sep 24.
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  9. Lee DD, Samoylova M, Mehta N, Musto KR, Roberts JP, Yao FY, Harnois DM. mRECIST provides insight into tumor biology for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma awaiting liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2018 Sep 10.
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  10. Samoylova ML, Mehta N, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Predictors of Ultrasound Failure to Detect Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2018 Sep; 24(9):1171-1177.
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  11. Huang AC, Mehta N, Dodge JL, Yao FY, Terrault NA. Direct-acting antivirals do not increase the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence after local-regional therapy or liver transplant waitlist dropout. Hepatology. 2018 08; 68(2):449-461.
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  12. Giard JM, Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Alpha-Fetoprotein Slope >7.5 ng/mL per Month Predicts Microvascular Invasion and Tumor Recurrence After Liver Transplantation for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Transplantation. 2018 05; 102(5):816-822.
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  13. Kotwani P, Saxena V, Dodge JL, Roberts J, Yao F, Hameed B. History of Marijuana Use Does Not Affect Outcomes on the Liver Transplant Waitlist. Transplantation. 2018 05; 102(5):794-802.
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  14. Mehta N, Yao FY. Living donor liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma: To expand (beyond Milan) or downstage (to Milan)? Liver Transpl. 2018 03; 24(3):327-329.
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  15. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Validation of the prognostic power of the RETREAT score for hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence using the UNOS database. Am J Transplant. 2018 May; 18(5):1206-1213.
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  16. Mehta N, Yao FY. Con: Treating hepatitis C virus With direct-acting antivirals: Fear not the perceived threat of hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2017 12; 23(12):1596-1600.
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  17. Mehta N, Guy J, Frenette CT, Dodge JL, Osorio RW, Minteer WB, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Excellent Outcomes of Liver Transplantation Following Down-Staging of Hepatocellular Carcinoma to Within Milan Criteria: A Multicenter Study. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Jun; 16(6):955-964.
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  18. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Hirose R, Yao FY. Misdiagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma in patients receiving no local-regional therapy prior to liver transplant: An analysis of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network explant pathology form. Clin Transplant. 2017 Nov; 31(11).
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  19. 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 09; 101(9):2071-2078.
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  20. 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 08; 23(8):1015-1022.
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