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Monika Sarkar, MD, MAS
M_MED-GAST-CORE-GEN
Assistant Professor

513 Parnassus Ave, Med Sci
San Francisco, CA 94122

My clinical focus is on women with liver disease, including pregnancy-related liver conditions and reproductive health. My research program is focused on the role of sex hormones in modulating liver disease in women. I have a specific research interest in young women with the hyperandrogenic condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome given their high risk for developing Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and early onset liver scarring. Within the transplant setting my focus is reproductive health, including pregnancy and contraceptive management in transplant recipients.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
UCSF Transplant Hepatology Fellowship 2013
UCSF Gastroenterology Fellowship 2012
UCSF M.A.S. in Clinical Research Graduate Division (Advance Training in Clinical Research) 2012
University of Pennsylvania Internal Medicine Residency 2009
UCSF M.D. School of Medicine 2006
Vassar College BA 2002

Awards and Honors

2017   K23, NIDDK, 2017-2022
2017   K Scholars Team Science Award, UCSF, 2017-2018
2016   RAP Pilot Award for Junior Investigators, UCSF, 2016-2017
2016   UCSF Hellman Research Award, UCSF, 2016-2018
2015   Liver Center Flex Funds, UCSF, 2015-2016
2014   Liver Center Pilot/Feasibility Research Award, UCSF Liver Center, 2014-2015
2013   Sheila Sherlock Career Development Research Award, AASLD, 2013-2015
2012   Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award, AASLD, 2012-2013

Recent Articles (21)

Sarkar M, Baffy G. Perinatal programming of adolescent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: A case for gender inequality? Hepatology. 2017 Aug 03.

Sarkar M, Dodge JL, Greenblatt RM, Kuniholm MH, DeHovitz J, Plankey M, Kovacs A, French AL, Seaberg EC, Ofotokun I, Fischl M, Overton E, Kelly E, Bacchetti P, Peters MG. Reproductive Aging and Hepatic Fibrosis Progression in HIV/Hepatitis C Virus Co-Infected Women. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jul 26.

Sarkar M, Wellons M, Cedars MI, VanWagner L, Gunderson EP, Ajmera V, Torchen L, Siscovick D, Carr JJ, Terry JG, Rinella M, Lewis CE, Terrault N. Testosterone Levels in Pre-Menopausal Women are Associated With Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Midlife. Am J Gastroenterol. 2017 May; 112(5):755-762.

Tsai JH, Ferrell LD, Tan V, Yeh MM, Sarkar M, Gill RM. Aggressive non-alcoholic steatohepatitis following rapid weight loss and/or malnutrition. Mod Pathol. 2017 Jun; 30(6):834-842.

Kardashian A, Ma Y, Scherzer R, Price JC, Sarkar M, Korn N, Tillinghast K, Peters MG, Noworolski SM, Tien PC. Sex differences in the association of HIV infection with hepatic steatosis. AIDS. 2017 Jan 28; 31(3):365-373.

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.

Kuniholm MH, O'Brien TR, Prokunina-Olsson L, Augenbraun M, Plankey M, Karim R, Sarkar M, French AL, Pierce C, Strickler HD, Anastos K. Association of Hepatitis C Virus Infection With CD4/CD8 Ratio in HIV-Positive Women. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Jun 01; 72(2):162-70.

Kelly EM, Dodge JL, Sarkar M, French AL, Tien PC, Glesby MJ, Golub ET, Augenbraun M, Plankey M, Peters MG. Marijuana Use Is Not Associated With Progression to Advanced Liver Fibrosis in HIV/Hepatitis C Virus-coinfected Women. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Aug 15; 63(4):512-8.

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.

Sarkar M, Aouzierat B, Bacchetti P, Prokunina-Olsson L, French A, Seaberg E, O'Brien TR, Kuniholm MH, Minkoff H, Plankey M, Strickler HD, Peters MG. Association of IFNL3 and IFNL4 polymorphisms with liver-related mortality in a multiracial cohort of HIV/HCV-coinfected women. J Viral Hepat. 2015 Dec; 22(12):1055-60.

Sarkar M, Watt KD, Terrault N, Berenguer M. Outcomes in liver transplantation: does sex matter? J Hepatol. 2015 Apr; 62(4):946-55.

Sarkar M, Terrault NA. Ending vertical transmission of hepatitis B: the third trimester intervention. Hepatology. 2014 Aug; 60(2):448-51.

Sarkar M, Shvachko VA, Ready JB, Pauly MP, Terrault NA, Peters MG, Manos MM. Characteristics and management of patients with chronic hepatitis B in an integrated care setting. Dig Dis Sci. 2014 Sep; 59(9):2100-8.

Mehta N, Fidelman N, Sarkar M, Yao FY. Factors associated with outcomes and response to therapy in patients with infiltrative hepatocellular carcinoma. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 May; 11(5):572-8.

Sarkar M, Bacchetti P, Tien P, Mileti E, French AL, Edlin BR, Keller M, Seaberg E, Nowicki MJ, Young M, Peters MG. Racial/ethnic differences in spontaneous HCV clearance in HIV infected and uninfected women. Dig Dis Sci. 2013 May; 58(5):1341-8.

Sarkar M, Bacchetti P, French AL, Tien P, Glesby MJ, Nowicki M, Plankey M, Gange S, Sharp G, Minkoff H, Peters MG. Lower liver-related death in African-American women with human immunodeficiency virus/hepatitis C virus coinfection, compared to Caucasian and Hispanic women. Hepatology. 2012 Nov; 56(5):1699-705.

Sarkar M, Stewart S, Yu A, Chen MS, Nguyen TT, Khalili M. Hepatocellular carcinoma screening practices and impact on survival among hepatitis B-infected Asian Americans. J Viral Hepat. 2012 Aug; 19(8):594-600.

Sarkar M, Hennessy S, Yang YX. Proton-pump inhibitor use and the risk for community-acquired pneumonia. Ann Intern Med. 2008 Sep 16; 149(6):391-8.

Yang YX, Hennessy S, Propert K, Hwang WT, Sarkar M, Lewis JD. Chronic statin therapy and the risk of colorectal cancer. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2008 Sep; 17(9):869-76.

Sarkar M, Wood R, Oh Y, Hecht TE, Kaiser L, Wasserstein A, Kochman ML. Presentation and management of acute fistulization of a foregut duplication cyst. Gastrointest Endosc. 2008 Oct; 68(4):804-6.

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