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About Yuko Kono, MD, PhD

Yuko Kono, MD, PhD, is a liver doctor (hepatologist) with specialized training and experience managing the liver health of patients with primary liver cancer. Her clinical practice is focused on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) surveillance, diagnosis, management, general hepatology and liver transplantation.

She is also an expert in contrast enhanced ultrasound imaging. Dr. Kono is part of UC San Diego Health's multidisciplinary liver cancer clinic, which offers patients highly specialized and coordinated care at one convenient location, ensuring easy and timely access to the best care. She works closely with medical oncologists and other cancer physicians to monitor and manage patients' liver health while they receive cancer treatment.

Dr. Kono's research explores a range of topics, including contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging to diagnosis cancer and monitor response to treatment. She is a professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Department of Radiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Kono received her medical and doctoral degree, and completed her residency and fellowship training, at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. Her medical training includes general hepatology, interventional radiology, liver biopsy, abdominal ultrasound, percutaneous alcohol injection (PEI) and transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) for hepatocellular carcinoma patients.

She is a fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (FAIUM) and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (FAASLD).

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For more information, see Liver Cancer Care, Liver Center, or Center for Transplantation.

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UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Medical Degree

  • Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Fellowship

  • Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Residency

  • Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Doctoral Degree

  • Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Gender

  • Female

Languages

  • Japanese

Date Joined Staff

  • 2006-07-13

Conditions and Treatments

  • Liver Biopsy
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Liver Imaging
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS)
  • Hepatology
  • Liver Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Radiology
  • Chemoembolization
  • Percutaneous Ethanol Injection (PEI)
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted