Vay Liang W. Go, MD

  • Professor of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Director, UCLA Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases

Dr. Go is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine and former Executive Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine-funded UCLA Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases.

He was born in Ozamis City, Philippines, and received his medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas in 1963. He received his internal medicine and gastroenterology training at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and became a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

From 1975 to 1985, he co-established and directed the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Serum Immunodiagnostic Bank Program at the Mayo Clinic. From 1985 to 1988, Dr. Go served simultaneously in three related capacities at NIH: (1) Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK); (2) Chairman of the Nutrition Coordinating Committee, Office of the Director, NIH; and (3) Executive Secretary of the Federal Interagency Nutrition Coordinating Committee, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, HHS.

From 1988 to 1992, Dr. Go was Executive Chair, Department of Medicine, at UCLA, providing academic leadership and stewardship of the Medicine Program in Research, Education, and Practice at eight academic medical centers. In 1993, he became Associate Director of the NCI-funded Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, Director of the UCLA Nutrition Education Program, and Co-Principal Investigator of the Nutrition Curriculum Development grants and the Cancer Prevention Curriculum program at UCLA. In 1996, Dr. Go cofounded the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. Since 2003, Dr. Go has been Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hirshberg Foundation. He was appointed by the Secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the United States Department of Agriculture to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory committee. In 2007, Dr. Go became the Director of the UCLA Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases.

In addition, Dr. Go cofounded and was past President of the American Pancreatic Association and is the founding and current Editor-in-Chief of the journal Pancreas. He has received numerous honors and recognition awards including: Research Achievement Award, American Institute for Cancer Research (2001); Lifetime Achievement Award, American Pancreatic Association (2001); Mayo Foundation Distinguished Alumnus Award (2002); American Gastroenterological Association/Miles & Shirley Fiterman Foundation Hugh R. Butt Award for Distinguished Achievement in Clinical Research in Nutrition (2003); Géza Hetényi Memorial Medal, Hungarian Society of Gastroenterology (2006); and American Gastroenterological Association Foundation’s Mentors Research Scholar Award Honoree (2007).

Selected Publications

Go VL, Nguyen CT, Harris DM, Lee WN. Nutrient-gene interaction: metabolic genotype-phenotype relationship. J Nutr. .2005 Dec;135(12 Suppl):3016S-3020S.

Harris, D.M., Champaneria, M., and V.L.W. Go. Pancreatic Cancer. Chapter 25 in: D. Heber, G.L. Blackburn, V.L.W. Go and J.A. Milner (Eds.) Nutritional Oncology, 2nd Edition. San Diego, CA: Elsevier-Academic Press, 2006, 449-473.

Xiao GG, Garg M, Lim S, Wong D, Go VL, Lee WN. Determination of Protein Synthesis in vivo Using Labeling from Deuterated Water and Analysis of MALDI-TOF Spectrum J Appl Physiol2008 Mar;104(3):828-36. Epub 2008 Jan 10.

Edderkaoui M, Odinokova I, Ohno I, Gukovsky I, Go VL, Pandol SJ, Gukovskaya AS. Ellagic acid induces apoptosis through inhibition of nuclear factor kappa B in pancreatic cancer cells. World J Gastroenterol.2008 Jun 21;14(23):3672-80

Contact Information

Vay Liang W. Go, MD, FACP, AGAF
UCLA Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases
900 Veteran Ave.
Warren Hall 13-146
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1742
On-campus mail:174222
Tel: (310)794-7848
Fax: (310)824-5990

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