Surgical Transplantation Faculty

surgical transplantation team
Christine Hwang, M.D., Dev Desai, M.D., Parsia Vagefi, M.D., Justin Parekh, M.D., and Malcolm MacConmara, M.D.


Parsia A. Vagefi, M.D.
Associate Professor
Chief, Division of Surgical Transplantation
Dr. Vagefi obtained his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, and then earned his medical degree at Yale School of Medicine. During medical school he was an HHMI Medical Student Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He completed his general surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and subsequently completed his abdominal transplant fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Vagefi’s clinical expertise is in liver transplantation (including split liver and living donor liver transplantation), kidney transplantation, surgery for portal hypertension, and complex hepatobiliary surgery.

Dev Desai, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Desai earned his medical degree and a doctorate in immunology from the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed residency in surgery and fellowships in transplant surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Desai specializes in liver, kidney, pancreas, and intestinal transplantation. He is also the Chief of Pediatric Abdominal Transplantation at Children’s Healthâ„  Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Christine Hwang, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Dr. Hwang earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She completed her general surgery residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and recently joined UT Southwestern after completing a transplant fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center in California. Dr. Hwang specializes in liver and kidney transplantation.

Malcolm MacConmara, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Dr. MacConmara earned his medical degree at University of Dublin, Trinity College. He then completed his general surgery residency at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, and Washington University of St. Louis. Dr. MacConmara also completed a research fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. MacConmara specializes in liver and kidney transplantation.

Justin Parekh, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Dr. Parekh earned his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco. He also completed his surgery residency and fellowships in research and transplant surgery at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Parekh specializes in adult and pediatric liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation.