Stanford Abdominal Transplantation

Americas Best Transplantation Service!

No. 1 in pediatric organ transplant volume in the United States, with 91 organs transplanted. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital performs liver, kidney, heart and lung transplants, as well as combined-organ transplants in which two organs are given to the same patient in a single surgery.

No. 1 in pediatric liver transplant volume in the United States. Also, the liver transplant program’s outcomes exceed the national average, with three-year patient survival rates at 100 percent for the last five data-reporting periods.

No. 1 in pediatric kidney transplant volume in the western United States. Also, the kidney transplant program’s outcomes exceed the national average with one- and three-year patient survival rates at 100 percent for the last five data-reporting periods.

~2015 data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network


A 6-month-old baby shouldn’t be fighting for his life. He shouldn’t have to be hurriedly baptized in a hospital room in advance of an emergency liver transplant. His young parents shouldn’t be stricken by grief and guilt during what should be a glorious period in their lives.

But this is where the Hernandez family finds itself. They currently are keeping vigil more than 100 miles away from their home in Sacramento, at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, praying for their son to survive an extremely rare disease that can be fatal unless luck and fate intervene. [...]

Third International Workshop on Clinical Tolerance

Stephan Busque, Samuel Strober, John Scandling at the Third International Workshop on Clinical Tolerance-Sept. 8-9, 2017 sponsored by The Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection.

'Liverversary': Eugene girl celebrates her liver transplant one year later

10-year-old Lily Richard of Eugene wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for a liver transplant she got exactly one year ago Sunday.  Lily’s family celebrated what they called her "Liverversary" on August 6, a one-year celebration of Lily’s new liver.  What they thought was a case of the stomach flu ended up being liver failure.  Lily was immediately flown to Stanford in California to await a liver transplant.  After being put on the top of the wait list, Lily received her transplant two days later.  Now her family is celebrating Lily’s new liver and bringing awareness about organ donations to the community.

Surgery Resident Finalist in Competition

Adam Sang, M.D. is a Stanford Surgery resident doing research in the Transplant Labs.  He is the Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow.   He was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Northern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Surgical Trainee Research Competition.

Yarl Balachandran Wins Award

Yarl Balachandran, a Postdoc fellow in transplant immunology, was selected as a 2017 ATC Award Program winner out of approximately 100 applicants.

Dr. Busque Wins Award

The Arthur L. Bloomfield Award in Recognition of Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine.  Stephan Busque was one of the faculty that received this award.

Congratulations to Trinidad Cisneros on his successful Immunology Thesis Defense

“Role of NK cells and the NK cell receptor NKG2D in the recognition and killing of stem cell derived hepatocyte-like cells”

Chief's Message

The Division of Abdominal Transplantation’s mission is to provide the highest quality patient care for our patients, to foster translational research, and to train the best transplant surgeons for the future.  We are highly committed to improving the care of our transplant patients through innovative clinical and basic science research both in the hospital and the lab.

Clinically, we offer transplantation services at Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC) and Lucile Packard Children's' Hospital at Stanford (LPCH).  Leading P.I.’s at Stanford University School of Medicine spearhead our research efforts by recruiting top post-doc fellows as well as attracting new doctoral candidates to the program.

Transplantation is also an important branch of the Immunity, Transplantation and Infection Institute at Stanford University (ITI).  ITI fosters multidisciplinary research projects to investigate in much greater detail the function of the immune system in health and disease including transplantation.  To carry out this mission, the Human Immune Monitoring Center was created.

~Dr. Carlos O. Esquivel