Andy Lai, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Andy Lai is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine, which he joined in 2009. He currently attends on the medical wards at Parnassus and at St. Mary's Medical Center (the latter as part of the St. Mary's-UCSF Joint Clinical Programs established in 2018) and on the Hospitalist Procedure Service. He has previously worked on the Bone Marrow Transplant and Neurosurgery Co-Management services.

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

He is a member of the Division's Value Improvement Committee and Unit-Based Leadership Team, as well as participates in many task forces. He is 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 Chennai, 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 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
  • 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 related (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 [greatest promise as a leader in international health], Brown Medical School, 2006
  • Foreign Studies Fellowship [Eldoret, Kenya], Brown University, 2005
  • Foreign Studies Fellowship [Chennai, India], Brown University, 2004
Publications