Dr. Lisa Nguy Quach, MD (she/her) is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician who practices at the Stanford Internal Medicine Clinic in Palo Alto.

She received her MD degree at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as a Geffen Scholar and was inducted into the Gold Humanism and Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Societies. There, she served as a student chief of the UCLA Student-Run Homeless Clinics, working to improve patient and medical student education as well as clinic operations.

A Bay Area native, she then returned to completed her training in the UCSF Primary Care (UCPC) track and Health Equity pathway of the UCSF Internal Medicine residency program. She was involved in projects aiming to address racial disparities in advanced care planning, improving provider workflow and education surrounding alcohol use disorder diagnosis and management, and piloting language-concordant video instructions to improve COVID-related patient education during the pandemic.

A child of Vietnamese refugees and a first-generation college student, Dr. Quach has an interest in transitions of care, improving care delivery for patients with primary languages other than English, and mentorship of students identifying as URiM.

She is conversational in Cantonese and Spanish and understands basic Vietnamese.

Clinical Focus

  • Internal Medicine

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Co-Medical Director, Pacific Free Clinic, Stanford Cardinal Free Clinics (2023 - Present)
  • Director, Lifelong Learning Program, Stanford Medicine - Division of Primary Care and Population Health (2022 - Present)
  • Interim Director, Continuity of Care Clerkship, Stanford School of Medicine (2023 - 2023)

Honors & Awards

  • UCSF Mt. Zion Resident Award for Excellence, Mount Zion Health Fund (2022)
  • Society Inductee, Gold Humanism Honor Society (2018)
  • Society Inductee, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2018)
  • Travel Scholarship, East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (2016)
  • David Geffen Medical Scholarship, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (2015-2019)
  • Society Inductee, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (2011)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, Society of General Internal Medicine (2020 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Residency: UCSF Dept of Internal Medicine (2022) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2022)
  • Board Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine (2022)
  • Medical Education: UCLA David Geffen School Of Medicine Registrar (2019) CA
  • BS, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, UC Davis

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Transitions of care, end-of-life care, care for vulnerable populations and patients with primary languages other than English, quality improvement, medical education, mentorship

All Publications

  • Liver Transplantation in Patients With Pretransplant Aspergillus Colonization: Is It Safe to Proceed? TRANSPLANTATION Amin, A., Molina, A., Quach, L., Ito, T., McMillan, R., DiNorcia, J., Agopian, V. G., Kaldas, F. M., Farmer, D. G., Busuttil, R. W., Winston, D. J. 2021; 105 (3): 586-592


    Patients with end-stage liver disease and pretransplant Aspergillus colonization are problematic for determining liver transplant candidacy and timing of transplantation because of concerns for posttransplant invasive aspergillosis.We performed a retrospective review of the medical and laboratory records of all adult patients (aged ≥18 y) who underwent liver transplantation with pretransplant Aspergillus colonization at the Ronald Reagan University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2015.A total of 27 patients who had Aspergillus colonization (respiratory tract 26, biliary tract 1) before liver transplantation were identified. Pretransplant characteristics included previous liver transplant (11 of 27, 40.7%), dialysis (22 of 27, 81.5%), corticosteroid therapy (12 of 27, 44.4%), intensive care unit stay (27 of 27, 100%), and median model for end-stage liver disease score of 39. Only 22.2% (6 of 27) received pretransplant antifungal agents (median duration, 5 d), whereas 100% (27 of 27) received posttransplant antifungal prophylaxis (voriconazole 81.4%, 22 of 27; echinocandin 14.8%, 4 of 27; voriconazole plus echinocandin 3.7%, 1 of 27) for median duration of 85 d. Posttransplant invasive fungal infection occurred in 14.8% (4 of 27; aspergillosis 3, mucormycosis 1). Both 6-month and 12-month survival were 66.7% (18 of 27), but only 1 death was due to fungal infection. Other causes of death were liver graft failure, intraabdominal complications, and malignancy.A substantial number of patients with pretransplant Aspergillus colonization can still undergo successful liver transplantation if they are otherwise suitable candidates and receive appropriate antifungal prophylaxis. Posttransplant outcome in these patients is determined mostly by noninfectious complications and not fungal infection. Pretransplant Aspergillus colonization alone should not necessarily preclude or delay liver transplantation.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/TP.0000000000003276

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  • Annual regulation of adrenocortical function in migrant and resident subspecies of white-crowned sparrow HORMONES AND BEHAVIOR Krause, J. S., Nemeth, Z., Perez, J. H., Chmura, H. E., Word, K. R., Lau, H. J., Swanson, R. E., Cheah, J. C., Quach, L. N., Meddle, S. L., Wingfield, J. C., Ramenofsky, M. 2021; 127: 104884


    Corticosterone affects physiology and behavior both during normal daily processes but also in response to environmental challenges and is known to mediate life history trade-offs. Many studies have investigated patterns of corticosterone production at targeted times of year, while ignoring underlying annual profiles. We aimed to understand the annual regulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function of both migrant (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii; n = 926) and resident (Z. l. nutalli; n = 688) subspecies of white-crowned sparrow and how it is influenced by environmental conditions - wind, precipitation, and temperature. We predicted that more dramatic seasonal changes in baseline and stress-induced corticosterone would occur in migrants to precisely time the onset of breeding and cope with environmental extremes on their arctic breeding grounds, while changes in residents would be muted as they experience a more forgiving breeding schedule and comparatively benign environmental conditions in coastal California. During the course of a year, the harshest conditions were experienced the summer breeding grounds for migrants, at which point they had higher corticosterone levels compared to residents. For residents, the winter months coincided with harshest conditions at which point they had higher corticosterone levels than migrants. For both subspecies, corticosterone tended to rise as environmental conditions became colder and windier. We found that the annual maxima in stress-induced corticosterone occurred prior to egg lay for all birds except resident females. Migrants had much higher baseline and acute stress-induced corticosterone during breeding compared to residents; where in a harsher environment the timing of the onset of reproduction is more critical because the breeding season is shorter. Interestingly, molt was the only stage within the annual cycle in which subspecies differences were absent suggesting that a requisite reduction in corticosterone may have to be met for feather growth. These data suggest that modulation of the HPA axis is largely driven by environmental factors, social cues, and their potential interactions with a genetic program.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2020.104884

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  • “Night Calls” Lipinsky Degette, R., Quach, L. N., Yogeswaran, V., Muldoon, T. UCSF Hospitalist Handbook. Mobile app (available in the Apple App store and Google Play). 2020
  • A year-long immune profile of the systemic response in acute stroke survivors. Brain : a journal of neurology Tsai, A. S., Berry, K., Beneyto, M. M., Gaudilliere, D., Ganio, E. A., Culos, A., Ghaemi, M. S., Choisy, B., Djebali, K., Einhaus, J. F., Bertrand, B., Tanada, A., Stanley, N., Fallahzadeh, R., Baca, Q., Quach, L. N., Osborn, E., Drag, L., Lansberg, M. G., Angst, M. S., Gaudilliere, B., Buckwalter, M. S., Aghaeepour, N. 2019


    Stroke is a leading cause of cognitive impairment and dementia, but the mechanisms that underlie post-stroke cognitive decline are not well understood. Stroke produces profound local and systemic immune responses that engage all major innate and adaptive immune compartments. However, whether the systemic immune response to stroke contributes to long-term disability remains ill-defined. We used a single-cell mass cytometry approach to comprehensively and functionally characterize the systemic immune response to stroke in longitudinal blood samples from 24 patients over the course of 1 year and correlated the immune response with changes in cognitive functioning between 90 and 365 days post-stroke. Using elastic net regularized regression modelling, we identified key elements of a robust and prolonged systemic immune response to ischaemic stroke that occurs in three phases: an acute phase (Day 2) characterized by increased signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) signalling responses in innate immune cell types, an intermediate phase (Day 5) characterized by increased cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) signalling responses in adaptive immune cell types, and a late phase (Day 90) by persistent elevation of neutrophils, and immunoglobulin M+ (IgM+) B cells. By Day 365 there was no detectable difference between these samples and those from an age- and gender-matched patient cohort without stroke. When regressed against the change in the Montreal Cognitive Assessment scores between Days 90 and 365 after stroke, the acute inflammatory phase Elastic Net model correlated with post-stroke cognitive trajectories (r = -0.692, Bonferroni-corrected P = 0.039). The results demonstrate the utility of a deep immune profiling approach with mass cytometry for the identification of clinically relevant immune correlates of long-term cognitive trajectories.

    View details for DOI 10.1093/brain/awz022

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  • Deep Immune Profiling of the Post-Stroke Peripheral Immune Response Reveals Tri-phasic Response and Correlations With Long-Term Cognitive Outcomes Tsai, A. S., Berry, K., Beneyto, M. M., Gaudilliere, D., Ganio, E. A., Choisy, B., Djebali, K., Baca, Q., Quach, L., Drag, L., Lansberg, M. G., Angst, M. S., Gaudilliere, B., Buckwalter, M. S., Aghaeepour, N. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2019
  • Hemophagocytic Lymphohistocytosis: A Rare and Rapid Cause of End-Organ Failure Quach, L. N., Master, A. Proceedings of UCLA Healthcare. Web. 2018
  • Imaging B cells in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis using (64)Cu-Rituximab-PET. Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine James, M. L., Hoehne, A. n., Mayer, A. T., Lechtenberg, K. n., Moreno, M. n., Gowrishankar, G. n., Ilovich, O. n., Natarajan, A. n., Johnson, E. M., Nguyen, J. n., Quach, L. n., Han, M. n., Buckwalter, M. n., Chandra, S. n., Gambhir, S. S. 2017


    B lymphocytes are a key pathological feature of multiple sclerosis (MS), and are becoming an important therapeutic target for this condition. Currently, there is no approved technique to non-invasively visualize B cells in the central nervous system (CNS) to monitor MS disease progression and response to therapies. Here we evaluated (64)Cu-Rituximab, a radiolabeled antibody specifically targeting the human B cell marker CD20, for its ability to image B cells in a mouse model of MS using positron emission tomography (PET). Methods: To model CNS infiltration by B cells, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) was induced in transgenic mice that express human CD20 on B cells. EAE mice were given subcutaneous injections of Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein fragment1-125 (MOG1-125) emulsified in complete Freund's adjuvant. Control mice received complete Freund's adjuvant alone. PET imaging of EAE and control mice was performed 1, 4, and 19h following (64)Cu-Rituximab administration. Mice were perfused and sacrificed after final PET scan, and radioactivity in dissected tissues was measured with a gamma-counter. CNS tissues from these mice were immunostained to quantify B cells or further analyzed via digital autoradiography. Results: Lumbar spinal cord PET signal was significantly higher in EAE mice compared to controls at all evaluated time points (e.g., 1h post-injection: 5.44 ± 0.37 vs. 3.33 ± 0.20 %ID/g, p<0.05). (64)Cu-Rituximab-PET signal in brain regions ranged between 1.74 ± 0.11 and 2.93 ± 0.15 %ID/g for EAE mice compared to 1.25±0.08 and 2.24±0.11%ID/g for controls, p<0.05 for all regions except striatum and thalamus at 1h post-injection. Similarly, ex vivo biodistribution results revealed notably higher (64)Cu-Rituximab uptake in brain and spinal cord of huCD20tg EAE, and B220 immunostaining verified that increased (64)Cu-Rituximab uptake in CNS tissues corresponded with elevated B cells. Conclusion: B cells can be detected in the CNS of EAE mice using (64)Cu-Rituximab-PET. Results from these studies warrant further investigation of (64)Cu-Rituximab in EAE models and consideration of use in MS patients to evaluate its potential for detecting and monitoring B cells in the progression and treatment of this disease. These results represent an initial step toward generating a platform to evaluate B cell-targeted therapeutics en route to the clinic.

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  • Breeding on the leading edge of a northward range expansion: differences in morphology and the stress response in the arctic Gambel's white-crowned sparrow OECOLOGIA Krause, J. S., Chmura, H. E., Perez, J. H., Quach, L. N., Asmus, A., Word, K. R., McGuigan, M. A., Sweet, S. K., Meddle, S. L., Gough, L., Boelman, N., Wingfield, J. C. 2016; 180 (1): 33-44


    Individuals at the forefront of a range shift are likely to exhibit phenotypic traits that distinguish them from the population breeding within the historic range. Recent studies have examined morphological, physiological and behavioral phenotypes of individuals at the edge of their range. Several studies have found differences in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity in response to acute restraint stress in individuals at the range limits. HPA axis activation leads to elevations in glucocorticoids that regulate physiology and behavior. Here we compare the hormonal profiles and morphometrics from Gambel's white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii) breeding at the northern limit of the population's range to those birds breeding within the historic population range. Birds breeding at the northern limit experienced a harsher environment with colder temperatures; however, we found no differences in arthropod prey biomass between the northern limit and more southern (historic) sites. Males at the northern limit had higher body condition scores (mass corrected for body size) compared to individuals within the historic range, but no differences were found in beak and tarsus lengths, wing chord, muscle profile or fat stores. In males during the pre-parental stage, before breeding commenced, HPA axis activity was elevated in birds at the northern limit of the range, but no differences were found during the parental or molt stages. Females showed no differences in HPA axis activity during the parental stage. This study suggests that "pioneering" individuals at the limits of their breeding range exhibit physiology and morphology that are distinct from individuals within the historic range.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s00442-015-3447-7

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  • B-Lymphocyte-Mediated Delayed Cognitive Impairment following Stroke. journal of neuroscience Doyle, K. P., Quach, L. N., Solé, M., Axtell, R. C., Nguyen, T. V., Soler-Llavina, G. J., Jurado, S., Han, J., Steinman, L., Longo, F. M., Schneider, J. A., Malenka, R. C., Buckwalter, M. S. 2015; 35 (5): 2133-2145


    Each year, 10 million people worldwide survive the neurologic injury associated with a stroke. Importantly, stroke survivors have more than twice the risk of subsequently developing dementia compared with people who have never had a stroke. The link between stroke and the later development of dementia is not understood. There are reports of oligoclonal bands in the CSF of stroke patients, suggesting that in some people a B-lymphocyte response to stroke may occur in the CNS. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that a B-lymphocyte response to stroke could contribute to the onset of dementia. We discovered that, in mouse models, activated B-lymphocytes infiltrate infarcted tissue in the weeks after stroke. B-lymphocytes undergo isotype switching, and IgM, IgG, and IgA antibodies are found in the neuropil adjacent to the lesion. Concurrently, mice develop delayed deficits in LTP and cognition. Genetic deficiency, and the pharmacologic ablation of B-lymphocytes using an anti-CD20 antibody, prevents the appearance of delayed cognitive deficits. Furthermore, immunostaining of human postmortem tissue revealed that a B-lymphocyte response to stroke also occurs in the brain of some people with stroke and dementia. These data suggest that some stroke patients may develop a B-lymphocyte response to stroke that contributes to dementia, and is potentially treatable with FDA-approved drugs that target B cells.

    View details for DOI 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4098-14.2015

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  • Ferumoxytol administration does not alter infarct volume or the inflammatory response to stroke in mice. Neuroscience letters Doyle, K. P., Quach, L. N., Arceuil, H. E., Buckwalter, M. S. 2015; 584: 236-240


    Ferumoxytol is an ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticle that is FDA-approved as an intravenous iron replacement therapy for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease. Ferumoxytol has also been used as a contrast agent for cerebral blood volume mapping by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which suggests it could be used for imaging hemodynamic abnormalities after stroke. However, circulating macrophages can internalize USPIOs, and recent data indicate that the accumulation of iron in macrophages can lead them to adopt the M1 pro-inflammatory phenotype. Therefore, the uptake of intravenously administered iron particles by circulating macrophages that home to the stroke core could potentially alter the inflammatory response to stroke. To test this possibility in vivo we administered a dose of ferumoxytol previously used to obtain cerebral blood volume maps in healthy humans by steady-state susceptibility contrast (SSC) MRI to BALB/cJ mice 48h after stroke and examined cytokine levels, microglial/macrophage activation, and lesion volume in the brain 5 days later. Treatment with ferumoxytol did not lead to any differences in these parameters. These data indicate that the use of ferumoxytol as a contrast agent for brain imaging after stroke does not alter the inflammatory response to stroke in mice, and is therefore unlikely to do so in human subjects.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.neulet.2014.10.041

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  • Small molecule p75NTR ligands reduce pathological phosphorylation and misfolding of tau, inflammatory changes, cholinergic degeneration, and cognitive deficits in AßPP(L/S) transgenic mice. Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD Nguyen, T. V., Shen, L., Vander Griend, L., Quach, L. N., Belichenko, N. P., Saw, N., Yang, T., Shamloo, M., Wyss-Coray, T., Massa, S. M., Longo, F. M. 2014; 42 (2): 459-483


    The p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) is involved in degenerative mechanisms related to Alzheimer's disease (AD). In addition, p75NTR levels are increased in AD and the receptor is expressed by neurons that are particularly vulnerable in the disease. Therefore, modulating p75NTR function may be a significant disease-modifying treatment approach. Prior studies indicated that the non-peptide, small molecule p75NTR ligands LM11A-31, and chemically unrelated LM11A-24, could block amyloid-β-induced deleterious signaling and neurodegeneration in vitro, and LM11A-31 was found to mitigate neuritic degeneration and behavioral deficits in a mouse model of AD. In this study, we determined whether these in vivo findings represent class effects of p75NTR ligands by examining LM11A-24 effects. In addition, the range of compound effects was further examined by evaluating tau pathology and neuroinflammation. Following oral administration, both ligands reached brain concentrations known to provide neuroprotection in vitro. Compound induction of p75NTR cleavage provided evidence for CNS target engagement. LM11A-31 and LM11A-24 reduced excessive phosphorylation of tau, and LM11A-31 also inhibited its aberrant folding. Both ligands decreased activation of microglia, while LM11A-31 attenuated reactive astrocytes. Along with decreased inflammatory responses, both ligands reduced cholinergic neurite degeneration. In addition to the amelioration of neuropathology in AD model mice, LM11A-31, but not LM11A-24, prevented impairments in water maze performance, while both ligands prevented deficits in fear conditioning. These findings support a role for p75NTR ligands in preventing fundamental tau-related pathologic mechanisms in AD, and further validate the development of these small molecules as a new class of therapeutic compounds.

    View details for DOI 10.3233/JAD-140036

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