Aparna Goel

Hepatologist, Transplant hepatologist

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Gastroenterology & Hepatology

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Additional Languages Spoken:
Hindi , Spanish


Dr. Goel is a general and transplant hepatologist who specializes in caring for patients with chronic liver disease, viral hepatitis, fatty liver, autoimmune disorders, hepatocellular cancer and cirrhosis. She cares for patients before and after liver transplantation. Dr. Goel incorporates the most recent, evidence-based medicine in her practice and is passionate about ensuring the safest and highest quality of care for her patients. She engages her patients and their families in understanding the disease and in creating a comprehensive treatment plan. She is committed to teaching the next generation of hepatologists to do the same.

She has a particular clinical interest in the management of patients with autoimmune liver disease including autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cholangitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis and sarcoidosis. She is the leading institutional principal investigator for several clinical trials for these rare autoimmune liver conditions. Dr. Goel is also involved in several national and international collaborations to further our research and treatment of autoimmune hepatitis, PBC and PSC.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Residency: UCSF Dept of Internal Medicine (2013) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Transplant Hepatology (2018)
  • Medical Education: Sidney Kimmel Medical College Thomas Jefferson University (2009) PA
  • Fellowship: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2016) NY
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology (2016)
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University (2005)
  • M.D., Jefferson Medical College, Medicine (2009)
  • Resident, University of California San Francisco, Internal Medicine (2012)
  • Chief Resident, University of California San Francisco, Internal Medicine (2013)
  • Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, Gastroenterology (2016)
  • Chief Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Gastroenterology (2016)
  • Advanced Fellowship, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, Transplant Hepatology (2016)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2012)
  • Board Certification, Gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2016)

Honors & Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society,, Jefferson Medical College (2008)
  • Annual Division Teaching Award, Stanford Department of Medicine (2020)
  • Summa Cum Laude, Jefferson Medical College (2009)

  • Member, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (2014 - Present)
  • Member, American Society of Transplantation (2016 - Present)
  • Member, American Gastroenterological Association (2013 - Present)
  • Member, American College of Gastroenterology (2013 - Present)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship (2017 - Present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford School of Medicine Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2016 - 2022)
  • Clinical Associate Professor, SOM Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2022 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley Pleasanton, CA
Pleasanton, CA

5555 W Las Positas Blvd

Pleasanton , CA 94588

(925) 847-3000

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Digestive Health Center in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

420 Broadway Street, Pavilion D, 2nd Floor

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 736-5555

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Liver (Hepatology) Clinic in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

420 Broadway Street, Pavilion D, 2nd Floor

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 498-7999

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Liver Transplant Clinic in Pleasanton Pleasanton, CA
Pleasanton, CA

5565 W Las Positas Blvd

Pleasanton , CA 94588

(650) 498-7999

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(141 reviews)

Dr Goel is great - very attentive and knowledgeable. Thanks for all the monitoring of my tests and results.
She is very welcoming and explains things clearly
Dr Goel was kind, pleasant, and competent during our video visit. She was thorough in gathering info (with the help of her colleague Dr Huang who started the appointment with me; Dr Goel joined later due to a potential emergency she was preparing for). Dr Goel validated the concerns which had brought me to seek her help, and was straightforward in her assessments and recommendations. She offered a suggested treatment plan to try and address the issues, and ordered a scan and some blood testing to provide current information as part of managing my care. She promised that I would be informed of the results as soon as they became available, and that we would have a follow up appointment within four months. I would have liked to have her present for our entire scheduled new patient appointment time, although I understand emergencies happen, and her colleague who carried out the first part of the appointment was nice. Dr Goel was encouraging that we could work together in implementing her plan to heal my current health issues over time, and she gave me hope that things can get better.
Aparna Goel is my super doctor. She is kind, caring, extremely knowledgeable and the most caring doctor I have seen
I am extremely happy and confidant with Dr. Goel.
She seems concerned for my well being and will keep going to find the problem.
Dr. Goel is very knowledgeable about my condition. She seems to really care about keeping it under control, and follows up with whatever tests, etc. are needed in order to that. She listens to me and considers my feelings, and I feel confident that I am in good hands.
She was kind and very knowledgeable.
She's great!! Professional, thorough, pleasant, approachable and has a nice manner.
Aparna Ggoel is a Superstar! I feel so lucky to have her as my direct partner. I could not feel more privileged to continue with her for care.
Excellent Doctor
Engaging forward thinking Professional.
Always very thorough and informative
Very detailed Doctor
Exceptionally kind
A very good doctor that is thorough in her work.
Dr. Goel is a superstar. She is warm, compassionate and very thorough with expalnations and patient with questions. She is by far the best doctor I have ever seen. I have 100% confidence in her.
Outstanding and thorough. Took her time to get all the information needed and to answer any questions I may have had. I feel confident in her to diagnose my liver problem.
Dr. Goel is a wonderful doctor. I'm grateful to have her on my side.
Always so helpful and compassionate about all aspects of my care
Dr. Goel was very thoughtful and attentive and it was clear that she had thought through a good plan and took time to explain the steps and the reasoning to me. I felt like i was in good hands.
Warm, wonderful, and attentive. I had good news and do not need to see her again.
Excellent professional who always is a pleasure to talk with.
She is great
Dr. Goel is a very good doctor. She taking care my illness very detail and nicely. She answer me all my related issues accurately.
Dr Goel is such a kind and caring doctor.
Dr. Goel is awesome !!!
Dr. Goel is an outstanding and very understanding doctor. I appreciated her concern and care in making the trial smooth and carfree.
Very friendly doctor with lots of expertise.
Very nice Doctor, made you comfortable about your future appointment.
Dr. Goel is the best!!!
It’s always a pleasure virtual visit with Dr Goel. I feel very lucky to have her as my Dr.
She is delightful.
Thorough and professional
Dr. Goel is how all doctors should operate. She is very thoughtful and respectful in listening to my explanations and concerns. I feel COMPLETELY at ease with Dr. Goel and am thrilled I ended up having her as my Stanford contact. Her knowledge and demeanor makes her the best physician I could have at Stanford.
She is a very passionate and competent doctor who treat patients like her family
Dr Aparna is a caring doctor.
I liked her very much. She explained everything so well and I had no questions. She was also very optimistic which helped me a lot.
I'm glad to have her as my doctor.
Dr Goel is an excellent doctor. She makes me feel like she cares about my condition, she communicates very effectively, she is very thorough, she explains my treatment and disease, she has exceptional technical knowledge and converts that information well to a patient. One of the things I appreciate most about Dr Goel is my disease is not me. She treats my disease within the scope of my life. She understands the balance of living life, quality of life and my care. I feel like she understands that my job is important not only because it provides my health care but also my livelihood and personal fulfillment. Thanks for the opportunity to express what an amazing doctor she is. I have had many doctors over the 20+ years I have had my liver disease and she is exceptional.
She was great. Super approachable. I expected this visit to be like “scared straight†but that was not the case at all. She wanted to educate me about the disease and what I can do to make myself healthy. I really appreciated that.
Very attentive and always answers all my questions.
As always, she was engaged, personable and professional. I appreciate her expertise and approach. I feel good about where we are in the treatment on my liver.
Excellent in her field.
Thank you, and it was good to also chat with Aaron.
Dr. Goel answered all my questions and had read my information before the call. I thought she was a very good doctor . I would recommend her to anyone needing a liver doctor
Dr. Goel is the single most caring and attentive doctor I have ever seen for assistance. She has her series of concerns and does not rush me to cover my questions and concerns. I know she is busy but I never feel rushed to finalize the video visit. She is a shining star, I have variable reactions with my health issues but she disarms all of them. I was honestly expecting high level care at Stanford, but Dr. Goel's demeanor, knowledge and confidence exceeds everything I have expected.
She is very calming to me . She was a also very reassuring and always encourages me to call if I have anything at all I need to seek attention for.
Dr was great! Knowledgeable, and had a very good bedside manner
As she always has, Dr. Goel answered my questions completely and offered sound directions that addressed my concerns.
Dr. Goel asks very good questions, explains everything thoroughly, and makes sure she answers all of my questions.
Dr Goal is a good Dr.
Dr. Apama Goel and assistance Victoria treated me with respect and professionalism
Extremely helpful and caring doctor. I am so pleased with our appointment.
I am so pleased to meet her. Together with her physician assistant, Dr. Siddappa they explained very well my concerns. I’m glad to have her in my care team.
It was a pleasure meeting Doctor Goel. I appreciate her sincere concern.
She is very attentive, personable and professional with good suggestions.
My visit with Dr. Goel was very pleasant and constructive. She gave me very clear instructions and explanations.
She is very caring and competent care provider. I trust her as a medical advisor as well as someone who cares about my health
Dr. Goel is outstanding. I am so glad she has returned following her leave. Dr. Goel's demeanor and caring is the best I have ever seen. I am genuinely glad to address concerns with her. She listens intently and with concern for my issues.
Excellent Doctor. I appreciate her knowledge, expertise, and warm, friendly manner.
This is my first time meeting her, and I found her to be personable and knowledgeable. She helped me understand some things I had not understood previously. I think she will take good care of me.
Very good and helpful with information about myself thank you
Thank you so much.
I think she’s great.
She is a good doctor
My Dr. Goel , is very very nice and I can explain myself she understood me I like her a lot. I am looking forward for office visits . Next I’ll give her a big hug if I can .
Dr Goel is very easy to speak with and she answered all my questions and concerns. Thank you!
Very receptive to questions and gives answers as best she can thank you
Dr. Goel is very easy to talk with. Very pleasant and made me feel comfortable during my visit.
She is so sweet very caring also asks questions about my life not just medical questions I enjoy our relationship very much
Aparna goel is excellent and answered all my questions about my health problems.
Dr. Goal and Ruby were excellent and bough answer all questions
Dr. Goel is a superstar in my opinion. She listens completely and shows great concern for me
Dr. Goel was informed, patient, and a stellar doctor. We are so happy and honored to have been able to meet with her via video considering we live so far. Dr. Goel went above and beyond, and we couldn’t be happier.
She is always very caring and truly knows me as a patient. I appreciate I never feel rushed and always feel my health is important to her. I would highly recommend Dr Aparna Goel
Dr. Goel is excellent and a good doctor. She quickly responds to your need.
It’s nice to see Dr. Goel; she is very helpful.
Very happy with the Dr. She had read my file before the visit and was aware of my problems
She is amazing!! So smart, beautiful, compassionate. What a blessing to have her for my hepatology doctor. ♥ï¸
Dr. Goel is very friendly, personable, patient and would explain what, how and why a certain procedure needs to done or what medication needs to be added or removed. Hope she continues to keep on doing a great job!
Dr Goel is very good Doctor. She is very clear to answer my question . We discussed about the doses of medication . She had good advise and very clear .
She is an attentive and knowledgeable doctor.
#1 Doctor
Very good at answering questions.
She is an excellent doctor.
engaging, thorough
Dr. Goel was quite helpful.
Dr. Goel is genuine, direct and very caring. She's been incredibly helpful thus far and I'm very grateful to be under her care!
Dr Goel was so easy to connect with. She made sure I understood everything and answered all of my questions.
Dr. Goel is an extremely caring, incredibly talented physician. I would reccomend her in the highest regard for any liver support needed. I feel she is entirrly responsible for setting me on the path to get my life back to a liveable level. She is my hero!
She was clear and direct, fully engaged. Really outstanding.
Professional, intelligent, personable.
Dr. Goel is a wonderful practitioner. She's knowledgeable, warm, listened carefully, and made me feel that we were partnering in my care. I really appreciate her
Good provider. Very patient and informative.
Dr Goel is the best doctor i can have.
Dr Goel was great! She answered all my questions, communicated a clear plan, and discussed any issues or concerns.
Very professional, knowledgeable, and thorough.
Requires more exposure to other cultures, ethnicities and walks of life to provide adequate health care to the general public which could have diverse backgrounds while not patronizing hard working, successful and well educated professionals based on appearance.
Very pleasant and professional
Very thourough and always answers my questions and never makes me feel rushed at all. She seems very knowledgeable and always a pleasure to have an appointment with. I feel my lever of care is always at the most important.
Very good
Dr. Goel is the consummate professional. She and the entire Stanford Liver Team are the reason why I am alive this past 3 1/2 years. Outstanding.
Like what I have said, I am fully satisfied to my video visit with Dr. Aparna Goel. She answered all questions that concerned my health, so I have nothing to comment or suggest.
Very personable, seems very knowledgeable, was very good with my friend that was sitting in on the visit. I really enjoyed her.
Dr Aparna Goel has been very helpful to understand my health issues and taking the right actions.
Dr. Goel is excellent -- caring, patient, and clear.
As always, Dr. Goel provides a wonderful experience at the liver clinic. Her communication is excellent & I can tell she genuinely cares about my health.
Aparna Goel was extremely helpful and informative. She answered every question and went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and informed.
Appreciate Dr. Goel's patience and interest on my well-being.
I would recommend it for being an excellent hospital; excellent personnel from the cleaning service to the doctors & nurses.
Dr. Goel is excellent! Best medical provider I've ever had.
Dr. Goel continues to be my favorite healthcare provider ever. Always kind, caring & courteous she shows she knows my care & cares about my treatments.
Dr. Aparna Gael was such a pleasure to meet. She's kind, compassionate, listened to me, reviewed and explained my diagnosis, discussed previous treatment and future plan. She was never rushed or made me feel rushed and spent a lot of time in this appointment.
Dr. Goel is hands down the best doctor I have ever had. She always makes sure I am comfortable with our discussions, and listens to all of my concerns.
Care provider was very good = new care provider.
she explained everything in details with concerns for a referral for my surgery.
Dr. Goel is great!!
Dr. Goal is A++.
Dr. Goel called me and explained the results of the tests. She also got in touch with my doctor to discuss what the results would mean for my treatment.
Will oversee all meds prescribed in the future with all 4 doctors. And ordered my meds when my doctor failed to follow up with sending in my prescription for 2 wks. He stepped in and order my nausea medicine.
Yes everything above everybody were very nice. Care much about me. I love it.
Very good.
Dr. Goel and PA Zandian are both caring and professional I always feel better after a visit.
Dr. Goel is excellent! As always.
I love Dr. Goel. She is the best, caring, friendly, very knowledgeable.
She's the best!
I love her! She's very down to earth & cares about her patient & their family.
She answered all my questions and concerns that I had. I would recommend her.
Excellent and professional MD!
Great interaction with Dr. Goel. She answers all the concerns and seems very proactive. I'm extremely glad I visited her.
I think I am getting great care!
EXCELLENT literally best bedside manner. Highest praise for Asparna.
Dr. Goel seems to really care about my health and was very helpful to both me and my husband.
Made me feel very at ease about my condition. Gave me a cure right away.
Compare to other Stanford is the better and get more experience.
Very good.
Oh! THey are so considerate!

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