Andy Lai, MD, MPH

505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94117

Andrew Lai is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine. After graduating from Brown University with degrees in Urban Studies and Human Biology in 2001, he received his MD from Brown Medical School and a MPH with a focus on quantitative methods from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2006. During medical school, he provided clinical care and worked on HIV-related projects in Chennai, India and Eldoret, Kenya. He completed internal medicine residency in the primary care track at UCSF before joining the Division of Hospital Medicine in 2009.

Andrew currently attends on the medical wards at Parnassus and on the Hospitalist Procedure Service, as well as has previously worked on the Bone Marrow Transplant and Neurosurgery Co-Management services. He directs the Hospitalist Procedure Service, directs the Division's Case Review Committee, and is a member of the Division's High-Value Care Committee, Unit-Based Leadership Team, and Medical Center's Code Blue debriefing committee. He frequently interviews faculty/fellowship candidates and is a RAD (Resident Advising and Development) advisor for several internal medicine residents.

His academic interests include bedside procedural education, case reviews, diagnostic error, patient safety, high-value healthcare, and transitions of care. Andrew has also provided volunteer clinical care in Port-au-Prince with Project Medishare for Haiti.

Awards and Honors

2017   Great Catch Award, UCSF Patient Safety Committee, 2017
2017   Award for Clinical Excellence for Physicians nominee, Society of Hospital Medicine, 2017
2017   Clinical Teaching Excellence Award nominee, UCSF School of Medicine, 2017
2012   Clinical Teaching Excellence Award, UCSF School of Medicine, 2012
2012   AOA Honor Medical Society nominee, UCSF School of Medicine, 2012
2011   AOA Honor Medical Society nominee, UCSF School of Medicine, 2011
2006   Al Senft Prize, Brown Medical School, 2006
2005   Foreign Studies Fellowship [Eldoret, Kenya], Brown University, 2005
2004   Foreign Studies Fellowship [Chennai, India], Brown University, 2004

Recent Articles (10)

Minter DJ, Kotwani P, Kohn LL, Maurer T, Lai AR. Sole-Searing Pain: Classic Kaposi's Sarcoma. Am J Med. 2017 Jul 12.

Schildhouse R, Lai A, Barsuk JH, Mourad M, Chopra V. Safe and Effective Bedside Thoracentesis: A Review of the Evidence for Practicing Clinicians. J Hosp Med. 2017 Apr; 12(4):266-276.

Wan XC, Lai A, Kompala T, Ten R. Mimicker of hereditary angioedema: Idiopathic systemic capillary leak syndrome successfully treated with intravenous immunoglobulin. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2017 May; 118(5):631-632.

Zapata JA, Lai AR, Moriates C. Is Excessive Resource Utilization an Adverse Event? JAMA. 2017 Feb 28; 317(8):849-850.

Jensen T, Lai A, Mourad M. Can lessons from systems-based mastery learning for thoracentesis be translated to hospitalists? J Hosp Med. 2016 Nov; 11(11):811-812.

Moriates C, Soni K, Lai A, Ranji S. The value in the evidence: teaching residents to "choose wisely". JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Feb 25; 173(4):308-10.

Lai AR, Keet K, Yong CM, Diaz JV. Severe H1N1-Associated acute respiratory distress syndrome: A case series. Am J Med. 2010 Mar; 123(3):282-285.e2.

Kumarasamy N, Venkatesh KK, Cecelia AJ, Devaleenal B, Lai AR, Saghayam S, Balakrishnan P, Yepthomi T, Poongulali S, Flanigan TP, Solomon S, Mayer KH. Spectrum of adverse events after generic HAART in southern Indian HIV-infected patients. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2008 Apr; 22(4):337-44.

Lai AR, Tashima KT, Taylor LE. Antiretroviral medication considerations for individuals coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C virus. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2006 Oct; 20(10):678-92.

Chiueh CC, Andoh T, Lai AR, Lai E, Krishna G. Neuroprotective strategies in Parkinson's disease: protection against progressive nigral damage induced by free radicals. Neurotox Res. 2000; 2(2-3):293-310.