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Jennifer Lai

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I am Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology with a clinical practice in general and transplant hepatology. My primary research focuses on the impact of physical and mental fitness on outcomes of patients with end-stage liver disease before and after liver transplant. My secondary research involves the application of other geriatric principles and tools (beyond the assessment of frailty/physical function) to the management of patients with end-stage liver disease including palliative care, polypharmacy, neurocognitive decline, and multi-morbidity.

I am principal investigator of the NIH-funded Functional Assessment in Liver Transplantation (FrAILT) Study, which prospectively evaluates frailty and physical function in liver transplant candidates. We are currently expanding across multiple centers in the United States. Our team is also focused on developing a pre-habilitation program for liver transplant candidates.