Faculty ProfilesAlison Huang, MD
1545 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Dr. Alison Huang is a general internist and women's health researcher at the University of California San Francisco who is dedicated to advancing scientific understanding and improving clinical management of menopause- and aging-related health conditions in women. Among other health issues common to older women, her research program focuses on two widely prevalent but relatively understudied manifestations of menopause and aging: 1) genitourinary dysfunction, including conditions such as urinary incontinence, urogenital atrophy, and sexual dysfunction; and 2) menopausal symptoms, including vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and nightsweats. She leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers in aging/geriatrics, urogynecology, and general medicine in promoting understanding of the effect of aging on health and functioning in women and developing more effective strategies to prevent and treat health conditions that lie at the interface of geriatrics and women's health.
Education and Training
|Location||Degree or Training||Specialty||Date|
|University of California, San Francisco||M.A.S. in Clinical Research||Graduate Division (Advance Training in Clinical Research)||2008|
|San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center||Ambulatory care research||2007|
|University of California, San Francisco||Residency||Internal Medicine- Primary Care, School of Medicine||2005|
|University of California, San Francisco||M.D.||Medicine||2002|
Awards and Honors
Crede Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine, 2017
Presidential Poster Session - Clinical Trials Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2014
Beeson Award in Aging Research, National Institute on Aging, 2011
AGS New Investigator Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2010
T. Franklin Award in Geriatrics, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2009
In the News
- Specialized Yoga Helps Prevent Urine Incontinence (Apr 26, 2014)
- Childbirth and Female Sexual Function Later in Life (Nov 09, 2013)
- We Need to Talk About Urinary Incontinence (Aug 05, 2013)
- Women with Diabetes More Likely to Experience Sexual Dissatisfaction (Jul 25, 2012)
- Hot flashes? Losing weight may help (Jul 12, 2010)
Recent Articles (58)
Winkelman WD, Warsi A, Huang AJ, Schembri M, Rogers RG, Richter HE, Myers DL, Kraus SR, Johnson KC, Hess R, Gregory T, Bradley CS, Arya LA, Brown JS, Stone KL, Subak LL. Sleep Quality and Daytime Sleepiness Among Women With Urgency Predominant Urinary Incontinence. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2018 Mar/Apr; 24(2):76-81.
Warsi QA, Huang AJ, Hess R, Arya LA, Richter HE, Bradley CS, Rogers RG, Myers DL, Johnson KC, Winkelman WD, Gregory WT, Kraus SR, Schembri M, Brown JS, Stone KL, Subak LL. Association of Pharmacologic Treatment of Urgency Urinary Incontinence With Sleep Quality and Daytime Sleepiness. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Feb; 131(2):204-211.
Huang AJ, Rowen TS, Abercrombie P, Subak LL, Schembri M, Plaut T, Chao MT. Development and Feasibility of a Group-Based Therapeutic Yoga Program for Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain. Pain Med. 2017 Oct 01; 18(10):1864-1872.
Fung CH, Vaughan CP, Markland AD, Huang AJ, Mitchell MN, Bliwise DL, Ancoli-Israel S, Redline S, Alessi CA, Stone K. Nocturia is Associated with Poor Sleep Quality Among Older Women in the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Nov; 65(11):2502-2509.
Munaganuru N, Van Den Eeden SK, Creasman J, Subak LL, Strano-Paul L, Huang AJ. Urine leakage during sexual activity among ethnically diverse, community-dwelling middle-aged and older women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 10; 217(4):439.e1-439.e8.
Winkelman WD, Huang AJ, Schembri M, Rogers RG, Richter H, Myers DL, Kraus SR, Johnson KC, Hess R, Gregory T, Bradley CS, Arya L, Brown JS, Subak LL. Modifiers of Response to Treatment With Fesoterodine for Urgency-Predominant Urinary Incontinence in a Randomized Controlled Trial. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017 Mar/Apr; 23(2):151-156.
Suskind AM, Cawthon PM, Nakagawa S, Subak LL, Reinders I, Satterfield S, Cummings S, Cauley JA, Harris T, Huang AJ. Urinary Incontinence in Older Women: The Role of Body Composition and Muscle Strength: From the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jan; 65(1):42-50.
Vaughan CP, Fung CH, Huang AJ, Johnson TM, Markland AD. Differences in the Association of Nocturia and Functional Outcomes of Sleep by Age and Gender: A Cross-sectional, Population-based Study. Clin Ther. 2016 Nov; 38(11):2386-2393.e1.
Steffen KJ, King WC, White GE, Subak LL, Mitchell JE, Courcoulas AP, Flum DR, Strain G, Sarwer DB, Kolotkin RL, Pories W, Huang AJ. Sexual functioning of men and women with severe obesity before bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2017 Feb; 13(2):334-343.
Huang AJ, Cummings SR, Schembri M, Vittinghoff E, Ganz P, Grady D. Continuous transdermal nitroglycerin therapy for menopausal hot flashes: a single-arm, dose-escalation trial. Menopause. 2016 Mar; 23(3):330-4.
Duralde ER, Walter LC, Van Den Eeden SK, Nakagawa S, Subak LL, Brown JS, Thom DH, Huang AJ. Bridging the gap: determinants of undiagnosed or untreated urinary incontinence in women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Feb; 214(2):266.e1-266.e9.
Subak LL, King WC, Belle SH, Chen JY, Courcoulas AP, Ebel FE, Flum DR, Khandelwal S, Pender JR, Pierson SK, Pories WJ, Steffen KJ, Strain GW, Wolfe BM, Huang AJ. Urinary Incontinence Before and After Bariatric Surgery. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Aug; 175(8):1378-87.
Huang AJ, Gregorich SE, Kuppermann M, Nakagawa S, Van Den Eeden SK, Brown JS, Richter HE, Walter LC, Thom D, Stewart AL. Day-to-Day Impact of Vaginal Aging questionnaire: a multidimensional measure of the impact of vaginal symptoms on functioning and well-being in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 2015 Feb; 22(2):144-54.
Hsu A, Conell-Price J, Stijacic Cenzer I, Eng C, Huang AJ, Rice-Trumble K, Lee SJ. Predictors of urinary incontinence in community-dwelling frail older adults with diabetes mellitus in a cross-sectional study. BMC Geriatr. 2014 Dec 16; 14:137.
Appa AA, Creasman J, Brown JS, Van Den Eeden SK, Thom DH, Subak LL, Huang AJ. The impact of multimorbidity on sexual function in middle-aged and older women: beyond the single disease perspective. J Sex Med. 2014 Nov; 11(11):2744-55.
Huang AJ, Jenny HE, Chesney MA, Schembri M, Subak LL. A group-based yoga therapy intervention for urinary incontinence in women: a pilot randomized trial. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2014 May-Jun; 20(3):147-54.
Farhat GN, Parimi N, Chlebowski RT, Manson JE, Anderson G, Huang AJ, Vittinghoff E, Lee JS, Lacroix AZ, Cauley JA, Jackson R, Grady D, Lane DS, Phillips L, Simon MS, Cummings SR. Sex hormone levels and risk of breast cancer with estrogen plus progestin. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2013 Oct 02; 105(19):1496-503.
Appa AA, Brown JS, Creasman J, Van Den Eeden SK, Subak LL, Thom DH, Ferrara A, Huang AJ. Clinical predictors and significance of postvoid residual volume in women with diabetes. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2013 Aug; 101(2):164-9.
Hess R, Huang AJ, Richter HE, Ghetti CC, Sung VW, Barrett-Connor E, Gregory WT, Pinkerton JV, Bradley CS, Kraus SR, Rogers RG, Subak LL, Johnson KC, Arya LA, Schembri M, Brown JS. Long-term efficacy and safety of questionnaire-based initiation of urgency urinary incontinence treatment. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Sep; 209(3):244.e1-9.
Imhoff LR, Brown JS, Creasman JM, Subak LL, Van den Eeden SK, Thom DH, Varma MG, Huang AJ. Fecal incontinence decreases sexual quality of life, but does not prevent sexual activity in women. Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Oct; 55(10):1059-65.
Copeland KL, Brown JS, Creasman JM, Van Den Eeden SK, Subak LL, Thom DH, Ferrara A, Huang AJ. Diabetes mellitus and sexual function in middle-aged and older women. Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Aug; 120(2 Pt 1):331-40.
Huang AJ, Hess R, Arya LA, Richter HE, Subak LL, Bradley CS, Rogers RG, Myers DL, Johnson KC, Gregory WT, Kraus SR, Schembri M, Brown JS. Pharmacologic treatment for urgency-predominant urinary incontinence in women diagnosed using a simplified algorithm: a randomized trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 May; 206(5):444.e1-11.
Huang AJ, Brown JS, Boyko EJ, Moore EE, Scholes D, Walter LC, Lin F, Vittinghoff E, Fihn SD. Clinical significance of postvoid residual volume in older ambulatory women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Aug; 59(8):1452-8.
Farhat GN, Cummings SR, Chlebowski RT, Parimi N, Cauley JA, Rohan TE, Huang AJ, Vitolins M, Hubbell FA, Manson JE, Cochrane BB, Lane DS, Lee JS. Sex hormone levels and risks of estrogen receptor-negative and estrogen receptor-positive breast cancers. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2011 Apr 06; 103(7):562-70.
Huang AJ, Moore EE, Boyko EJ, Scholes D, Lin F, Vittinghoff E, Fihn SD. Vaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women: self-reported severity, natural history, and risk factors. Menopause. 2010 Jan-Feb; 17(1):121-6.
Huang AJ, Stewart AL, Hernandez AL, Shen H, Subak LL. Sexual function among overweight and obese women with urinary incontinence in a randomized controlled trial of an intensive behavioral weight loss intervention. J Urol. 2009 May; 181(5):2235-42.
Sawaya GF, Iwaoka-Scott AY, Kim S, Wong ST, Huang AJ, Washington AE, Pérez-Stable EJ. Ending cervical cancer screening: attitudes and beliefs from ethnically diverse older women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Jan; 200(1):40.e1-7.
Learman LA, Huang AJ, Nakagawa S, Gregorich SE, Kuppermann M. Development and validation of a sexual functioning measure for use in diverse women's health outcome studies. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Jun; 198(6):710.e1-8; discussion 710.e8-9.
Huang AJ, Pérez-Stable EJ, Kim SE, Wong ST, Kaplan CP, Walsh JM, Iwaoka-Scott AY, Sawaya GF. Preferences for human papillomavirus testing with routine cervical cancer screening in diverse older women. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Sep; 23(9):1324-9.
Huang A, Yaffe K, Vittinghoff E, Kuppermann M, Addis I, Hanes V, Quan J, Grady D. The effect of ultralow-dose transdermal estradiol on sexual function in postmenopausal women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Mar; 198(3):265.e1-7.
Huang AJ, Ettinger B, Vittinghoff E, Ensrud KE, Johnson KC, Cummings SR. Endogenous estrogen levels and the effects of ultra-low-dose transdermal estradiol therapy on bone turnover and BMD in postmenopausal women. J Bone Miner Res. 2007 Nov; 22(11):1791-7.
Huang AJ, Brown JS, Kanaya AM, Creasman JM, Ragins AI, Van Den Eeden SK, Thom DH. Quality-of-life impact and treatment of urinary incontinence in ethnically diverse older women. Arch Intern Med. 2006 Oct 09; 166(18):2000-6.
Huang AJ, Thom DH, Kanaya AM, Wassel-Fyr CL, Van den Eeden SK, Ragins AI, Subak LL, Brown JS. Urinary incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction in Asian-American women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Nov; 195(5):1331-7.
Huang AJ, Gemperli MP, Bergthold L, Singer SS, Garber A. Health plans' coverage determinations for technology-based interventions: the case of electrical bone growth stimulation. Am J Manag Care. 2004 Dec; 10(12):957-62.
Qian SW, Burmester JK, Sun PD, Huang A, Ohlsen DJ, Suardet L, Flanders KC, Davies D, Roberts AB, Sporn MB. Characterization of mutated transforming growth factor-beta s which possess unique biological properties. Biochemistry. 1994 Oct 11; 33(40):12298-304.
Burmester JK, Qian SW, Roberts AB, Huang A, Amatayakul-Chantler S, Suardet L, Odartchenko N, Madri JA, Sporn MB. Characterization of distinct functional domains of transforming growth factor beta. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1993 Sep 15; 90(18):8628-32.