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Priya Kathpalia, MD
Assistant Professor

1701 Divisadero
San Francisco, CA 94115

Dr. Priya Kathpalia is a gastroenterologist with a special interest in esophageal and other gastrointestinal motility disorders—digestive conditions related to the passage of food and secretions. She is also trained in performing upper endoscopies, colonoscopies, esophageal manometry, pH, and SmartPill studies.

Prior to concentrating on motility disorders, Kathpalia's research focused on inflammatory bowel disease and liver diseases.

After earning her medical degree at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Kathpalia completed a residency in internal medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, where she also served as chief resident. Kathpalia then completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at UCSF, where she trained with international experts in esophagology.

Kathpalia belongs to the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Northern California Society for Clinical Gastroenterology. She is an assistant professor of medicine at UCSF and also serves as an associate program director for the GI fellowship program.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
UCSF Gastroenterology Fellowship 2017
Loyola University Medical Center Internal Medicine Chief Residency 2014
Loyola University Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency 2013
Loyola University Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine MD 2010
Northwestern University BA 2006


GERD, GI motility, achalasia, eosinophilic esophagitis, esophageal disorders, medical education, swallowing disorders, women's health

Awards and Honors
  AztraZeneca Senior Fellow Award, American College of Gastroenterology
  Honors in Bioethics, Loyola University Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine
  Margaret Raiford Hano Memorial Scholarship Award, Loyola University Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine
  Cum Laude, Northwestern University
  Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Northwestern University

Recent Articles (8)

Carlson DA, Kathpalia P, Craft J, Tye M, Lin Z, Kahrilas PJ, Pandolfino JE. The relationship between esophageal acid exposure and the esophageal response to volumetric distention. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2018 Mar; 30(3).

Mukhtar NA, Kathpalia P, Hilton JF, Lau G, Yu A, Grumbach K, Nguyen TT, Chan D, Khalili M. Provider, Patient, and Practice Factors Shape Hepatitis B Prevention and Management by Primary Care Providers. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2017 Aug; 51(7):626-631.

Velayos F, Kathpalia P, Finlayson E. Changing Paradigms in Detection of Dysplasia and Management of Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Is Colectomy Still Necessary? Gastroenterology. 2017 Feb; 152(2):440-450.e1.

Kathpalia P, Smith A, Lai JC. Underutilization of palliative care services in the liver transplant population. World J Transplant. 2016 Sep 24; 6(3):594-8.

Kathpalia P, Kane S, Mahadevan U. Detectable Drug Levels in Infants Exposed to Biologics: So What? Gastroenterology. 2016 07; 151(1):25-6.

Kathpalia P, Bhatia A, Robertazzi S, Ahn J, Cohen SM, Sontag S, Luke A, Durazo-Arvizu R, Pillai AA. Indwelling peritoneal catheters in patients with cirrhosis and refractory ascites. Intern Med J. 2015 Oct; 45(10):1026-31.

Kathpalia P, Ahn J. Assessment of jaundice in the hospitalized patient. Clin Liver Dis. 2015 Feb; 19(1):155-70.

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