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Scott W. Biggins, MD, MAS
Associate Professor & Director, Liver Care Line

​​Dr. Scott Biggins is an associate professor of the UW Division of Gastroenterology and director of the Liver Care Line for UW Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering (bioengineering option) from the University of California, Los Angeles (1994) and his medical degree from the University of Southern California (1999). He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (2002) and his Gastroenterology fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco (2005). He was also awarded a Masters degree in Clinical Research from the University of California, San Francisco (2005).

Dr. Biggins' clinical interests are the risk reduction and management of complications of end-stage liver disease, and the clinical evaluation and care of liver transplant candidates and recipients.
His research is focused on improving recipient selection for liver transplantation and revising organ allocation algorithms in order to maximize patient outcomes. His specific skill set includes epidemiology and health services research methods. In particular, Dr. Biggins is responsible for revising the original “MELD” score for liver organ allocation to include the serum sodium, which is now the standard of care for liver transplantation in the United States (and internationally).
He has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Liver Transplantation, 8 book chapters, and over 60 published abstracts.
Recent Publications
Displaying 20 Most Recent Publications from PubMed

November 2018. Future Trends in Demand for Liver Transplant: Birth-Cohort Effects among Patients with NASH and HCC. Shingina A, DeWitt PE, Dodge JL, Biggins SW, Gralla J, Sprague D, Bambha K. Transplantation. 2018 Nov 16. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000002497. [Epub ahead of print]

September 2018. Protecting kidneys in liver transplant patients: A pathway to preventive interventions. Sibulesky L, Biggins SW, Pichler R. World J Hepatol. 2018 Sep 27;10(9):637-638. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v10.i9.637.

June 2018. The Impact of Albumin Use on Resolution of Hyponatremia in Hospitalized Patients With Cirrhosis. Bajaj JS, Tandon P, O'Leary JG, Biggins SW, Wong F, Kamath PS, Garcia-Tsao G, Maliakkal B, Lai JC, Fallon M, Thuluvath P, Vargas HE, Subramanian RM, Thacker LR, Reddy KR. Am J Gastroenterol. 2018 Jun 8. doi: 10.1038/s41395-018-0119-3. [Epub ahead of print]

June 2018. NACSELD Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure (NACSELD-ACLF) Score Predicts 30-Day Survival in Hospitalized Patients with Cirrhosis. O'Leary JG, Reddy KR, Garcia-Tsao G, Biggins SW, Wong F, Fallon MB, Subramanian RM, Kamath PS, Thuluvath P, Vargas HE, Maliakkal B, Tandon P, Lai J, Thacker LR, Bajaj JS. Hepatology. 2018 Jun;67(6):2367-2374. doi: 10.1002/hep.29773. Epub 2018 Apr 19.

May 2018. Calcineurin Inhibitor and Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Interaction: Implications of Changes in Renal Function Associated With Concurrent Use. Delzer LM, Golightly LK, Kiser TH, Biggins SW, Lewis VJ, Kim II. J Clin Pharmacol. 2018 May 25. doi: 10.1002/jcph.1264. [Epub ahead of print]

May 2018. Assessment of the Spectrum of Hepatic Encephalopathy: A Multi-Center Study. Reuter B, Walter K, Bissonnette J, Leise MD, Lai J, Tandon P, Kamath PS, Biggins SW, Rose CF, Wade JB, Bajaj JS. Liver Transpl. 2018 May;24(5):587-594. doi: 10.1002/lt.25032.

April 2018. Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio Associates Independently With Mortality in Hospitalized Patients with Cirrhosis. Rice J, Dodge JL, Bambha KM, Bajaj JS, Reddy KR, Gralla J, Ganapathy D, Mitrani R, Reuter B, Palecki J, Acharya C, Shaw J, Burton JR, Biggins SW. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Apr 26. pii: S1542-3565(18)30407-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2018.04.045. [Epub ahead of print]

February 2018. Trends in liver transplantation for Hepatitis C in a country with reduced access to direct-acting antiviral agents. Dirchwolf M, Marciano S, Giunta DH, Posadas-Martínez ML, Biggins SW, Ruf AE. Clin Transplant. 2018 Feb 27. doi: 10.1111/ctr.13230. [Epub ahead of print]

February 2018. New paradigms for organ allocation and distribution in liver transplantation. Kalra A, Biggins SW. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2018 Feb 19. doi: 10.1097/MOG.0000000000000434. [Epub ahead of print]

December 2017. Prediction of Fungal Infection Development and Their Impact on Survival Using the NACSELD Cohort. Bajaj JS, Rajender Reddy K, Tandon P, Wong F, Kamath PS, Biggins SW, Garcia-Tsao G, Fallon M, Maliakkal B, Lai J, Vargas HE, Subramanian RM, Thuluvath P, Thacker LR, O'Leary JG. Am J Gastroenterol. 2017 Dec 19. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2017.471. [Epub ahead of print]

April 2017. Hepatic Encephalopathy Is Associated With Mortality in Patients With Cirrhosis Independent of Other Extrahepatic Organ Failures. Bajaj JS, O'Leary JG, Tandon P, Wong F, Garcia-Tsao G, Kamath PS, Maliakkal B, Biggins SW, Thuluvath PJ, Fallon MB, Subramanian RM, Vargas HE, Lai J, Thacker LR, Reddy KR Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Apr;15(4):565-574.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2016.09.157. Epub 2016 Oct 5.

March 2017. Gender-Specific Differences in Baseline, Peak, and Delta Serum Creatinine: The NACSELD Experience. O'Leary JG, Wong F, Reddy KR, Garcia-Tsao G, Kamath PS, Biggins SW, Fallon MB, Subramanian RM, Maliakkal B, Thacker L, Bajaj JS Dig Dis Sci. 2017 Mar;62(3):768-776. doi: 10.1007/s10620-016-4416-7. Epub 2016 Dec 26.

February 2017. Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio correlates with proinflammatory neutrophils and predicts death in low model for end-stage liver disease patients with cirrhosis. Kalra A, Wedd JP, Bambha KM, Gralla J, Golden-Mason L, Collins C, Rosen HR, Biggins SW Liver Transpl. 2017 Feb; 23(2):155-165.

January 2017. A Karnofsky performance status-based score predicts death after hospital discharge in patients with cirrhosis. Tandon P, Reddy KR, O'Leary JG, Garcia-Tsao G, Abraldes JG, Wong F, Biggins SW, Maliakkal B, Fallon MB, Subramanian RM, Thuluvath P, Kamath PS, Thacker LR, Bajaj JS Hepatology. 2017 Jan;65(1):217-224. doi: 10.1002/hep.28900. Epub 2016 Nov 29.

November 2016. Revising metrics for aggressiveness assessment in liver transplantation centers. Ruf AE, Dirchwolf M, Biggins SW, Villamil FG J Hepatol. 2016 Nov;65(5):1066-1067. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2016.06.033. Epub 2016 Jul 28.

August 2016. Predicting renal recovery after liver transplant with severe pretransplant subacute kidney injury: The impact of warm ischemia time. Laskey HL, Schomaker N, Hung KW, Asrani SK, Jennings L, Nydam TL, Gralla J, Wiseman A, Rosen HR, Biggins SW Liver Transpl. 2016 Aug;22(8):1085-91. doi: 10.1002/lt.24488. Epub 2016 Jul 12.

July 2016. The 3-month readmission rate remains unacceptably high in a large North American cohort of patients with cirrhosis. Bajaj JS, Reddy KR, Tandon P, Wong F, Kamath PS, Garcia-Tsao G, Maliakkal B, Biggins SW, Thuluvath PJ, Fallon MB, Subramanian RM, Vargas H, Thacker LR, O'Leary JG Hepatology. 2016 Jul;64(1):200-8. doi: 10.1002/hep.28414. Epub 2016 Feb 19.

April 2016. Association Between Plasma Level of Galectin-9 and Survival of Patients With Drug-Induced Acute Liver Failure. Rosen HR, Biggins SW, Niki T, Gralla J, Hillman H, Hirashima M, Schilsky M, Lee WM Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2016 Apr; 14(4):606-612.e3.

April 2016. Changing prioritization for transplantation: MELD-Na, hepatocellular carcinoma exceptions, and more. Kalra A, Wedd JP, Biggins SW Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2016 Apr; 21(2):120-6.

February 2016. Impact of body mass index on posttransplant outcomes reexamined. Bambha KM, Dodge JL, Gralla J, Biggins SW Liver Transpl. 2016 Feb; 22(2):261-2.

December 2015. Hepatocellular carcinoma in patients listed for liver transplantation: Current and future allocation policy and management strategies for the individual patient. Wedd JP, Nordstrom E, Nydam T, Durham J, Zimmerman M, Johnson T, Thomas Purcell W, Biggins SW Liver Transpl. 2015 Dec; 21(12):1543-52.

December 2015. Consensus Interferon for Recurrent Hepatitis C Infection in Nonresponders to Peginterferon and Ribavirin After Liver Transplant. Nordstrom EM, Biggins SW, Gralla J, Rosen HR, Everson GT, Burton JR Jr Exp Clin Transplant. 2015 Dec; 13(6):543-9.

November 2015. Optimizing repeat liver transplant graft utility through strategic matching of donor and recipient characteristics. Hung K, Gralla J, Dodge JL, Bambha KM, Dirchwolf M, Rosen HR, Biggins SW Liver Transpl. 2015 Nov; 21(11):1365-73.

October 2015. Low, rather than high, body mass index confers increased risk for post-liver transplant death and graft loss: Risk modulated by model for end-stage liver disease. Bambha KM, Dodge JL, Gralla J, Sprague D, Biggins SW Liver Transpl. 2015 Oct; 21(10):1286-94.

August 2015. The corrected donor age for hepatitis C virus-infected liver transplant recipients. Dirchwolf M, Dodge JL, Gralla J, Bambha KM, Nydam T, Hung KW, Rosen HR, Feng S, Terrault NA, Biggins SW Liver Transpl. 2015 Aug; 21(8):1022-30.

July 2015. High risk of delisting or death in liver transplant candidates following infections: Results from the North American Consortium for the Study of End-Stage Liver Disease. Reddy KR, O'Leary JG, Kamath PS, Fallon MB, Biggins SW, Wong F, Patton HM, Garcia-Tsao G, Subramanian RM, Thacker LR, Bajaj JS Liver Transpl. 2015 Jul; 21(7):881-8.

April 2015. Long-term use of antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors predict development of infections in patients with cirrhosis. O'Leary JG, Reddy KR, Wong F, Kamath PS, Patton HM, Biggins SW, Fallon MB, Garcia-Tsao G, Subramanian RM, Malik R, Thacker LR, Bajaj JS Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 Apr; 13(4):753-9.e1-2.

April 2015. Risk factors associated with acute heart failure during liver transplant surgery: a case control study. Mandell MS, Seres T, Lindenfeld J, Biggins SW, Chascsa D, Ahlgren B, Wachs M, Bambha KM Transplantation. 2015 Apr; 99(4):873-8.

March 2015. Use of serum sodium for liver transplant graft allocation: a decade in the making, now is it ready for primetime? Biggins SW Liver Transpl. 2015 Mar; 21(3):279-81.

February 2015. Donor selection criteria for liver transplantation in Argentina: are current standards too rigorous? Dirchwolf M, Ruf AE, Biggins SW, Bisigniano L, Hansen Krogh D, Villamil FG Transpl Int. 2015 Feb; 28(2):206-13.

Contact Info

​Fellow, Gastroenterology, University of California, San Francisco

Resident, Medicine, Oregon Health & Sciences University

Intern, Medicine, Oregon Health & Sciences University

M.A.S., Clinical Research, University of California, San Francisco

M.D., Medicine, University of Southern California

B.Chem.Eng., Chemical Engineering-Bioengineering Option, University of California, Los Angeles

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