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.

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).

Transplant in the Media

Sibling Transplant

Jeff Johnson and Beth Owens
Jeff Johnson and Beth Owens

Having one member of the family need an organ transplant is rare. The Johnsons had two.Read full article.


Organ Donation

April is National Donate Life Month. Watch our chat with transplant surgeon Malcolm MacConmara, M.D., and kidney donor Susana Margraf to learn how donors can help save lives.


Heart-Liver Case

She was hours from death when UT Southwestern surgeons stepped in and made history. Andie Kay Joyner shares the story of her heart and liver transplant that gave her a renewed purpose in life.


Altruistic Donor Case

CBS DFW: A woman met the woman she donated her kidney to on Monday at UT Southwestern.