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Lily Dara, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
HMR 614 2011 Zonal Avenue Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 5576


Dr. Dara is an NIH funded physician-scientist and a general gastroenterologist. She provides consultation for general GI disorders including abdominal pain, acid reflux disease, GI blood loss and performs endoscopies and colonoscopies on the in patient service at Keck Hospital. Her research focuses mainly on disorders of the liver including drug induced liver injury and acute liver failure.

Dr. Dara earned her medical degree from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. She then served as chief resident at Griffin Hospital and then completed her fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at LAC+USC Medical Center.


American Association for the Study of Liver Disease: Resident Scholar Award, 2007

Keck School of Medicine of USC: USC RCLD Junior Faculty Transition Award, 2015

NIH, NIDDK: K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award, 2016-2021

American Association for the Study of Liver Disease: Presidential Poster of Distinction, 2011


Sheibani S, Khemichian S, Kim JJ, Hou L, Yan AW, Buxbaum J, Dara L, Laine L. Randomized trial of 1-week versus 2-week intervals for endoscopic ligation in the treatment of patients with esophageal variceal bleeding. Hepatology. 2016 Aug; 64(2):549-55. View in: PubMed

Dara L, Kaplowitz N. Reply. Hepatology. 2016 Jul; 64(1):312-3. View in: PubMed

Dara L, Kaplowitz N. Reply. Hepatology. 2016 Jul; 64(1):308-9. View in: PubMed

Dara L, Liu ZX, Kaplowitz N. Mechanisms of adaptation and progression in idiosyncratic drug induced liver injury, clinical implications. Liver Int. 2016 Feb; 36(2):158-65. View in: PubMed

Dara L, Johnson H, Suda J, Win S, Gaarde W, Han D, Kaplowitz N. Receptor interacting protein kinase 1 mediates murine acetaminophen toxicity independent of the necrosome and not through necroptosis. Hepatology. 2015 Dec; 62(6):1847-57. View in: PubMed

Kaplowitz N, Win S, Than TA, Liu ZX, Dara L. Targeting signal transduction pathways which regulate necrosis in acetaminophen hepatotoxicity. J Hepatol. 2015 Jul; 63(1):5-7. View in: PubMed

Blumenfeld CM, Sadtler BF, Fernandez GE, Dara L, Nguyen C, Alonso-Valenteen F, Medina-Kauwe L, Moats RA, Lewis NS, Grubbs RH, Gray HB, Sorasaenee K. Cellular uptake and cytotoxicity of a near-IR fluorescent corrole-TiO2 nanoconjugate. J Inorg Biochem. 2014 Nov; 140:39-44. View in: PubMed

Peng H, Dara L, Li TW, Zheng Y, Yang H, Tomasi ML, Tomasi I, Giordano P, Mato JM, Lu SC. MAT2B-GIT1 interplay activates MEK1/ERK 1 and 2 to induce growth in human liver and colon cancer. Hepatology. 2013 Jun; 57(6):2299-313. View in: PubMed

Han D, Dara L, Win S, Than TA, Yuan L, Abbasi SQ, Liu ZX, Kaplowitz N. Regulation of drug-induced liver injury by signal transduction pathways: critical role of mitochondria. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2013 Apr; 34(4):243-53. View in: PubMed

Han D, Ybanez MD, Johnson HS, McDonald JN, Mesropyan L, Sancheti H, Martin G, Martin A, Lim AM, Dara L, Cadenas E, Tsukamoto H, Kaplowitz N. Dynamic adaptation of liver mitochondria to chronic alcohol feeding in mice: biogenesis, remodeling, and functional alterations. J Biol Chem. 2012 Dec 7; 287(50):42165-79. View in: PubMed

Dara L, Ji C, Kaplowitz N. The contribution of endoplasmic reticulum stress to liver diseases. Hepatology. 2011 May; 53(5):1752-63. View in: PubMed

Dara L, Hewett J, Lim JK. Hydroxycut hepatotoxicity: a case series and review of liver toxicity from herbal weight loss supplements. World J Gastroenterol. 2008 Dec 7; 14(45):6999-7004. View in: PubMed

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