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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Alexander Monto, MD

Director, Liver Clinic, SFVAHCS
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF


Investigating and Treating Hepatitis C

Dr, Monto has been involved with the national VA Hepatitis C Resource Center Program since its inception in 2001.  He has co-written many national VA management recommendations, including those related to hepatitis C management, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.  His research focuses on liver disease progression related to chronic hepatitis C infection, and particularly the role of co-factors (alcohol intake, intrahepatic fat, HIV infection, anti-HCV therapy) in altering disease progression.  In work published from the San Francisco VA, early diagnosis and therapy of liver cancer were shown to lead to markedly improved survival with this disease even without liver transplantation.  He also conducts clinical trials of new medications to cure hepatitis C.


To see Dr. Monto on Pub Med, click here.