Dr. Alexander Kuo, MD

Gastroenterology  |  
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Age 41
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Dr. Alexander Kuo, MD
Alexander Kuo, MD, is a board-certified gastroenterologist with a special interest in providing pre- and post-liver transplant care to patients with end-stage liver disease.Dr. Kuo has authored numerous research articles, book chapters, and editorials on his research in improving patient and graft survival after liver transplantation, in particular with patients who have recurrent HCV infection. He is the principal investigator for numerous clinical trials of novel agents against HCV at the UC San Diego Antiviral Research Center. In addition to clinical research, Dr. Kuo offers instruction to medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Kuo received his medical degree from UC San Francisco, School of Medicine. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School, Mass. General Hospital in Boston, MA. He completed fellowship training in gastroenterology and hepatology at UC San Francisco, School of Medicine. Dr. Kuo has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a "Top Doctor" and is a core faculty member in the International Antiviral Society. He is a member of several professional medical societies including the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), American Society of Transplantation, and the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). He is board-certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology.

4168 Front St

San Diego, CA 92103

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Dr. Alexander Kuo, MD

Dr. Alexander Kuo, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • WellPoint

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Top Care Areas

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Liver Damage from Alcohol
very high
more than 99% of peers
Cirrhosis
very high
more than 99% of peers
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kuo "Living with liver disease can be overwhelming. Whether you have early stage liver disease or have advanced cirrhosis and need a liver transplant, I will work with you every step of the way so you are an informed partner in your care."

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Specialties

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Transplant Hepatology
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Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Transplant Hepatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
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Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acute Liver Failure
  • Anemia
  • Ascites
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Copper Metabolism Disorders
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Dysphagia
  • End-Stage Liver Failure
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatopulmonary Syndrome
  • Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Malnutrition
  • Nausea
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Primary Biliary Cholangitis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders

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Procedures

  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Medical Aspects of Liver Transplantation

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Johns Hopkins University / School of Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1997
  • University Of California, San Francisco, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School)
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • University of California, San Francisco
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kuo has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kuo's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kuo to family and friends
3.5
based on 8 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Kuo's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
La Jolla, CA |
Dr. Kuo is the best doctor I have seen in my 43 years in San Diego. He is efficient, knowledgeable, smart and always gave me individualized care. I am sorry that he left UCSD six months ago. It is UCSD's loss not to be able to keep such talent.
Vista, CA |
Dr Kuo did not care what happened to me and even made a serious error that caused other life threatening problems. I will have to live with the chronic illness he caused for the rest of my life. He never even got back to me once it was discovered. Beware
San Diego, CA |
Dr. Kuo did not care about me one bit. He had a student do my liver biopsy and it was the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. He did not come talk to me after the experience and never let me know I had a liver disease after having an admin cancel my follow-up appointment. I found out about the disease I have by another doctor at the same hospital three years later. Very unprofessional.
in La Jolla Ca |
He is very smart and looked at the whole picture, not just his specialty. Did not want to do unnecessary testing.. Excellent thorough Dr.
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UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest
200 W Arbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92103
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