Stanford Transplant News

  • – Surgery

    Dr. Melcher Promoted to Professor

    Dr. Marc Melcher has been promoted to Professor, UML in the Division of Abdominal Transplantation effective October 1, 2022. "Dr. Melcher is a nationally and internationally renowned transplant surgeon and recognized as an expert in research using algorithms to assist in clinical decisions, predicting outcomes, and recruiting trainees," said Division Chief Dr. Carlos Esquivel. "He has developed mobile apps, published on the Apple and Google app stores, that make algorithms such as those that determine waiting list priority, assess donor risk, and estimate early graft failure risk more quantifiable."

  • – Surgery

    Drs. Melcher & Hansen Design "Kidney Jacket"

    Drs. Marc Melcher and Keith Hansen have been awarded two grants to fund the commercialization of their "kidney jacket:" a $100k Stanford-Coulter Translational Research Grant and a $50k Stanford Spectrum MedTech Grant to help bring the innovation to market.

  • – Surgery

    Dr. Martinez Wins AST Basic Science Established Investigator Award

    Dr. Olivia Martinez was the 2022 winner of the American Society of Transplantation's Basic Science Established Investigator Award.

  • – Surgery

    Dr. Martinez, Wan Named J&J Professors

    Drs. Olivia Martinez and Derrick Wan have been named Johnson and Johnson Distinguished Professors of Surgery.

  • – San Diego State University - SDSU Alumni

    Tito Monge Named SDSU’s Top Alumni for 2022

    Humberto "Tito" Monge has been named one of San Diego State University's Top Alumni for 2022. Monge was a physician assistant with the Division of Abdominal Transplant for almost 30 years when he retired in July of 2021. He will be honored with nine other individuals on April 23 at the 46th SDSU Alumni Awards of Distinction.

  • – Surgery

    4 Projects Awarded Seed Grant Funds

    Drs. Dawes, Sasaki, Wall, and Ross have each been awarded seed grant funds.

  • – Abdominal Transplantation

    Oscar Salvatierra Jr. Lectureship in Transplantation Presents Maria Millan

    The Oscar Salvatierra Jr Lectureship in Transplantation was created by Dr. Carlos O. Esquivel to honor Dr. Salvatierra's contributions to the field of transplantation, particularly pediatric kidney transplantation. The lecture is held once a year, and the speakers have been renown iconic figures in transplantation from all over the world. Maria T. Millan, M.D., President & CEO of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is the 16th Annual Salvatierra Lecturer on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 7am in LKSC, Rm 130.

  • – Surgery

    Two Surgeons Join Transplant Team

    Two surgeons will join Stanford's Division of Abdominal Transplantation by the end of the year. Dr. Kazunari Sasaki will be a Clinical Associate Professor in the Clinical Educator Line and Dr. Varvara A. Kirchner will be an Associate Professor of Surgery in the University Medical Line.

  • – Surgery

    Dr. Olivia Martinez to take on new role: Vice Chair for Basic and Translational Science

    Dr. Olivia M. Martinez is currently Professor of Surgery, Division of Abdominal Transplantation, and for 2020-21, she has been appointed Vice Chair of Basic & Translational Research in the Department of Surgery. She is also the Director of Stanford Immunology and Director of the PhD Program in Immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.


The documentary, Burden of Genius, captures the remarkable story of Dr. Thomas Starzl, “the father of organ transplantation.” Taking what was once considered science fiction, he overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to make transplantation an everyday miracle which has saved countless lives. This inspirational documentary shows the vision, relentlessness, and sacrifice it took for Dr. Starzl and his colleagues to change modern medicine.”

  • – Surgery

    HTTC: Dr. Carlos Esquivel, International Pediatric Transplant Association

    Learn about Dr. Carlos Esquivel's International Pediatric Transplant Association Presidency. Dr. Carlos Esquivel is chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplantation and president-elect of the International Pediatric Transplant Association.

  • – Surgery

    High-resolution phenotyping of early acute rejection reveals a conserved alloimmune signature

    Congratulations to James Harden and co-authors from the Abdominal Transplant research team for publishing: High-resolution phenotyping of early acute rejection reveals a conserved alloimmune signature

  • – Surgery

    Kidney Transplant Team Receives ISP Star Award

    Stanford's Kidney Transplant Team is a recipient of this year's Integrated Strategic Plan Star Awards. According to their website, "This honor recognizes individuals and teams from the Stanford Medicine community who, through their extraordinary efforts, embody the strategic priorities of our ISP: Value Focused, Digitally Driven, and Uniquely Stanford."

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    Dr. Namjoshi, MD Appointed Director of IR, Nutrition Support, and Home Pharmacy

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Shweta Namjoshi, MD has been appointed Director of the Intestinal Rehabilitation (IR), Nutrition Support, and Home Pharmacy. The future of these programs -including intestinal transplantation-, is bright, with a vision for making Stanford and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital a destination site for comprehensive care, research, and education for children with intestinal disorders.

  • – Alagille Syndrome Program

    Alagille Syndrome Program - Stanford Children's Health

    Alagille syndrome is a rare genetic condition often discovered at birth or within a child’s first few years. Our highly specialized Alagille Syndrome Program brings together world experts on pediatric Alagille syndrome, offering innovative and effective treatments for your child’s multiorgan needs.