Our Mission

  • To provide excellence in care for abdominal transplant and transplant-related general surgery patients
  • To train students, residents, and fellows
  • To conduct state-of-the-art research in transplant immunology, organ preservation, and immunosuppression to improve the quality of care and life for our patients

Our ongoing goal is to continue developing into a multi-organ transplant program. We plan to expand our transplant service to other university-affiliated hospitals and give patients additional options for care.

Our Expertise

Our faculty performs transplant-related surgical services at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, Children’s Healthâ„  , Parkland Hospital, and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The Division of Surgical Transplantation is an exciting and growing division with leading surgeons, clinicians, and professionals working together to improve patient care. The Division provides consultative and follow-up care for patients with all types of kidney and liver disease. In addition, our faculty participates in a full range of academic activities as we strive to be one of the leading institutions for training future transplant surgeons. Click to view the Living Donor Program Annual Report.

Liver Transplant Surgery | Living-Donor

Behind the scenes to see a living donor liver transplant being performed at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Inside the OR: Liver Transplant Surgery

Join Dr. Parsia Vagefi, Chief of Surgical Transplantation, and Dr. Steven Hanish, Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation, as they grant unprecedented access to the OR while performing a liver transplant surgery.

Experience a Kidney Transplant

Go inside the OR with Dr. Parsia Vagefi, chief of the Division of Surgical Transplantation, to experience a kidney transplant surgery.

Division Highlights

Adult Highlights

  • Performed the first donor-after-cardiac-death liver transplant in Dallas-Fort Worth
  • First lung-liver in North Texas
  • First site in North Texas to participate in a trial of normothermic liver perfusion for organ preservation
  • Leader in improving surgical outcomes as a pilot site for TransQIP (Transplant specific NSQIP program)

Pediatric Highlights

The nation’s first pediatric transplant program to utilize Proteus Discover™, a digital medicine offering (DMO) from Proteus Digital Health® to monitor medication adherence in pediatric transplant patients.

One of 5 centers in the nation and only center in Texas with over 1,000 pediatric abdominal transplants.

1 of 4 hospitals in the U.S. to have the best pediatric liver transplant outcomes (Becker’s Hospital Review).