Andy Lai, MD, MPH

Professor

Andy Lai is a Professor in the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine, which he joined in 2009. He provides direct patient care on the medical wards at the Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses and on the Hospitalist Procedure Service, as well as supervises resident physicians and medical students. He has previously worked on the Bone Marrow Transplant and Neurosurgery Co-Management services, as well as was one of the inaugural hospitalists to work at St. Mary's Medical Center (as part of the St. Mary's-UCSF Joint Clinical programs established in 2018).

For ten years, Andy previously directed the Hospitalist Procedure Service, Division's Case Review Committee, and procedures/quality improvement rotation for internal medicine interns. He also previously directed the "Use of Ultrasound and Enhancing Confidence in Performing Bedside Procedures" session at the annual UCSF Hospitalist Mini-College CME course, as well as co-directed the Quality Improvement/Patient Safety elective for 4th year medical students for many years.

He is a member of the Division's Quality Improvement Committee and Unit-Based Leadership Team, as well as participates in many task forces. He was part of the 2018-19 Caring Wisely-awarded project team to improve IV albumin stewardship at UCSF. He frequently interviews faculty/fellowship candidates and has been a RAD (Resident Advising and Development) advisor for numerous internal medicine residents.

During medical school, Andy provided clinical care and worked on HIV-related projects in Madras, India and Eldoret, Kenya. He has provided volunteer clinical care in Port-au-Prince with Project Medishare for Haiti, as well as was part of the UCSF team of physicians and nurses who volunteered to assist colleagues at New York-Presbyterian hospitals in April/May 2020 during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Education
2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California, SF
2013 - Leadership Development, UCSF Institute for Physician Leadership
Residency, 2009 - Internal Medicine (UC-Primary Care), UCSF
MD, 2006 - Medicine, Brown Medical School
MPH, 2005 - Quantitative Methods, Harvard School of Public Health
BA, 2001 - Human Biology, Urban Studies, Brown University
Honors and Awards
  • Council of Master Clinicians, UCSF Department of Medicine, 2024
  • Master Educator-Coach, UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine, 2023
  • Outstanding Resident Teaching Award, UCSF Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2022
  • Floyd C. Rector Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCSF Internal Medicine Residency, 2022
  • Award of Excellence for Clinical Leadership for Physicians - Nominee, Society of Hospital Medicine, 2021
  • Excellence in Teaching Award for General Teaching, UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, 2021
  • Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching: Excellence in Inpatient Care Setting - Nominee, UCSF School of Medicine, 2021
  • One of 2019's most highly rated (top 10%) peer reviewers, Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2019
  • Cross Service Collaboration for Adult Emergency Medicine and Hospital Medicine, UCSF Health, 2019
  • Exceptional Physician Award, UCSF Health, 2019
  • Great Save Award for June 2019 for the Albumin Stewardship Team, UCSF Health, 2019
  • Outstanding Achievement in Challenging the Status Quo for the Albumin Stewardship Team, UCSF Health, 2019
  • Exceptional Physician Award - Nominee, UCSF Health, 2018
  • One of 2017's most highly rated (top 10%) peer reviewers, Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2017
  • Award of Excellence for Clinical Leadership for Physicians - Nominee, Society of Hospital Medicine, 2017
  • Great Catch Award for September 2017, UCSF Patient Safety Committee, 2017
  • Clinical Teaching Excellence Award - Nominee, UCSF School of Medicine, 2017
  • AOA Honor Medical Society - Nominee, UCSF School of Medicine, 2012
  • Clinical Teaching Excellence Award, UCSF School of Medicine, 2012
  • AOA Honor Medical Society - Nominee, UCSF School of Medicine, 2011
  • Al Senft Prize [most promise as a leader in international health], Brown Medical School, 2006
  • Foreign Studies Fellowship [Eldoret, Kenya], Brown University, 2005
  • Foreign Studies Fellowship [Madras, India], Brown University, 2004
Publications