Dr. Alexander Kuo, MD
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Gastroenterology | Male

Care Philosophy

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.

Biography

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.

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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
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (2)
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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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. 

Dr. Kuo's Care Philosophy

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.

Dr. Kuo's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Gastroenterology
  •  Board certified in Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Board Certifications

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  • Gastroenterology
  • Transplant Hepatology

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
  • Copper Metabolism Disorders
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • 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
  • Heartburn
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis D
  • Hepatopulmonary Syndrome
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Malnutrition
  • Nausea
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Pancreatitis
  • Primary Biliary Cholangitis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of California, San Francisco, School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 2001

  • Internship Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School)

    Completed in 2002

  • Residency Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Completed in 2004

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of California, San Francisco

    Completed in 2007

  • Undergraduate School
    Johns Hopkins University / School of Medicine

    Graduated in 1997

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Transplant Hepatology

Procedures Performed

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