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Kiran Bambha, MD

Research Interests

My research focuses on racial and ethnic differences in the prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in the U.S. There is a larger burden of NAFLD among Hispanics and lower burden among non-Hispanic Blacks compared to non-Hispanic Whites. The mechanisms underlying these differences are poorly understood, but may reflect true biologic and genetic differences among racial/ethnic groups, environmental and socioeconomic differences, referral bias, or population stratification. My goals are to delineate risk factors for NAFLD among different racial/ethnic groups, to develop race/ethnic-specific risk models of NAFLD severity, and to gain insight into genetic factors that underlie racial/ethnic variation in NAFLD.

Selected Publications

  • Bambha K, Kim WR, Pedersen R, Bida JP, Kremers WK, Kamath PS. Predictors of early re-bleeding and mortality after acute variceal haemorrhage in patients with cirrhosis. Gut 2008;57:814-20.
  • Campos GM, Bambha K, Vittinghoff E, Rabl C, Posselt AM, Ciovica R, Tiwari U, Ferrel L, Pabst M, Bass NM, Merriman RB. A clinical scoring system for predicting nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in morbidly obese patients. Hepatology 2008;47:1916-23.
  • Bambha K, Yee HF Jr. In search of an ideal biomarker for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Am J Gastroenterol 2008;103:1380-2.
  • Assistant Professor
  • Medicine/Gastroenterology

Research Theme

  • Hepatic Physiology and Metabolism

Contact Information

  • 513 Parnassus Ave.
  • Box 0538, S-357
  • San Francisco, CA. 94143-0538

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