San Jose Hepatobiliary Tumor Board

In 2012, the San Jose Hepatobiliary Tumor Board was founded because there are increasingly more liver cancer cases each year, especially in the Asian American community. Typically, liver tumor boards take place in large institutions where there exist liver transplant programs because liver transplant is a core treatment of liver cancer. This is one of the first liver tumor boards in the country established in the local San Jose community and take place in a board room of San Jose Gastroenterology (SJGI) O'Connor site.

The San Jose Hepatobiliary Tumor Board was established by Dr. Huy Trinh and Dr. Robert Gish in 2012 and since then there have been 368 cases presented.

Core tumor board members include:

Diagnostic Radiology: Raymond Chyu (VRI)

Interventional Radiology: Dr. Anup Singh (VIP), Dr. David Wang (Stanford)

Gastroenterology and Hepatology: My Nguyen, PA-C (SJGI), Dr. Huy Trinh

Liver Transplant Hepatology: Dr. Robert Gish (Stanford), Dr. Radhika Kumar

Liver Transplant Surgery: Dr. Waldo Concepcion (Stanford)

Liver Surgeon: Dr. Reza Rohani

Guest attendees include:

Hematology and Oncology: Dr. Manoj Agarwal (Verity), Dr. Alexander Pham (Stanford)

Gastroenterology and Hepatology: Dr. Ruel Garcia (GiC), Dr. Brian Levitt (SJGI), Dr. Huy Nguyen (SJGI), Dr. Eugenie Shieh (SJGI), Dr. Jenny Yang (GiC).

Patients receive state-of-the-art treatment such as surgical resection ablation including RFA, microwave ablation (MwA); chemoembolization including Y-90, trans-arterial chemoembolization (TACE and TABE), and liver transplant. In fact, just last year four patients of the tumor board had successful liver transplants.

The San Jose Hepatobiliary Tumor Board has been successful in providing state of the art and advanced medical care for liver cancer patients in San Jose without requiring patients to travel far or seeing so many specialists for consultation. Patients can receive care with local expert specialists, hospitals and tertiary care such as Stanford and UCSF if needed. Physicians can refer their patients to Tumor Board for case discussion without the need of a consultation. A report and tumor board recommendation of evaluation and treatment will be sent back to the PCP. Tumor board can also assist the physicians and patients in getting to the specialists in the field. For any questions, please contact our cancer care coordinator Tristan Tran at

Physician Spotlight: Huy N. Trinh, MD, AGAF, FAASLD

undefinedDr. Huy N. Trinh graduated with a BS degree in Chemistry with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley and received his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training at VA Wadsworth/UCLA and his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine.

As a Board Certified Gastroenterologist, Dr. Trinh treats various digestive and liver diseases and performs colonoscopies and EGD. His research interest is in viral hepatitis B, hepatitis C, fatty liver and liver cancer. He is also very active in the aspect of clinical research for drug treatment of viral hepatitis B and C. He participates as principal investigator in many national and international clinical trials and he also has a number of his own investigator initiated research studies. He has more than 60 articles published in esteemed peer-reviewed journals including Gastroenterology, Hepatology, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Hepatology, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, etc.

He is the founder and co-medical director of San Jose Hepatobiliary Tumor Board, which is comprised of local and Stanford gastroenterologists, hepatologists, liver transplant surgeons, radiologists and interventional radiologists. The tumor board provides a comprehensive and state of the art medical care for liver cancer patients.

Dr. Trinh has been in practice since 1991 and is a founding member of San Jose Gastroenterology, Montpelier Surgery Center and Advanced Surgery Center in San Jose.

He is a member of American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). Dr. Trinh was recognized as Fellow of AGA (AGAF) and AASLD (FAASLD).

Dr. Trinh is an award recipient of Humanitarian of the Year: San Francisco Ho Chi Minh Sister City Committee for his work in liver health in Vietnam. He was also awarded Certificate of Commendation by County of Santa Clara County of Supervisors for his dedication and services to the local community.

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