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John P. Roberts, M.D.

Professor and Chief, Division of Transplant Surgery
Chief, UCSF Medical Center Transplant Service
Endowed Chair in Abdominal Transplantation 

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  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA, B.S., Biology, 1972-76
  • University of California, San Diego, CA, M.D., Medicine, 1976-80
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA., Resident, Surgery, 1980-83
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA., Resident, Surgery, 1985-86
  • Cornell University, New York, NY, Fellow, Research, 1983-85
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Fellow, Transplant, 1986-87
  • American Board of Surgery, 1988, renewed 2006
  • Cost of Transplantation
  • Ethical Issues in Transplantation
  • Immunosuppression
  • Organ Allocation

John Roberts is a professor of surgery at UCSF and Chief of the Division of Transplantation. After receiving his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Roberts completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Washington, Cornell University and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Roberts supervises medical students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows. He has received awards from the residents for his teaching efforts. He is active in health policy regarding transplantation and is a member of professional and public service organizations related to this field.

Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Roberts was named to the list of U.S. News "America's Top Doctors," a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for a given specialty. Dr. Roberts serves on numerous national committees related to his expertise on organ distribution. He frequently delivers presentations on topics involving transplantation science and the management of surgical patients.Dr. Roberts is also an active clinician, treating patients on the UCSF Transplant Service.

Most recent publications from a total of 218
  1. Axelrod DA, Vagefi PA, Roberts JP. The Evolution of Organ Allocation for Liver Transplantation: Tackling Geographic Disparity Through Broader Sharing. Ann Surg. 2015 Aug; 262(2):224-7. View in PubMed
  2. Niemann CU, Feiner J, Swain S, Bunting S, Friedman M, Crutchfield M, Broglio K, Hirose R, Roberts JP, Malinoski D. Therapeutic Hypothermia in Deceased Organ Donors and Kidney-Graft Function. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jul 30; 373(5):405-14. View in PubMed
  3. Macdonald B, Sewell JL, Harper AM, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma: analysis of factors predicting outcome in 1074 patients in OPTN Region 5. Clin Transplant. 2015 Jun; 29(6):506-12. View in PubMed
  4. Yao FY, Mehta N, Flemming J, Dodge J, Hameed B, Fix O, Hirose R, Fidelman N, Kerlan RK, Roberts JP. Downstaging of hepatocellular cancer before liver transplant: Long-term outcome compared to tumors within Milan criteria. Hepatology. 2015 Jun; 61(6):1968-77. View in PubMed
  5. Lai JC, Covinsky KE, Hayssen H, Lizaola B, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Terrault NA, Feng S. Clinician assessments of health status predict mortality in patients with end-stage liver disease awaiting liver transplantation. Liver Int. 2015 Sep; 35(9):2167-73. View in PubMed
  6. Vagefi PA, Dodge JL, Yao FY, Roberts JP. Potential role of the donor in hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence after liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2015 Feb; 21(2):187-94. View in PubMed
  7. Samoylova ML, Dodge JL, Mehta N, Yao FY, Roberts JP. Evaluating the validity of model for end-stage liver disease exception points for hepatocellular carcinoma patients with multiple nodules <2 cm. Clin Transplant. 2015 Jan; 29(1):52-9. View in PubMed
  8. Roberts JP. Does center-specific reporting limit innovation. Liver Transpl. 2014 Nov; 20 Suppl 2:S42-4. View in PubMed
  9. Feng K, Gupta V, Terrazas E, Yeghiazarians Y, Ports T, Gregoratos G, Tavakol M, Roberts JP, Boyle A. Trans-radial versus trans-femoral access in patients with end-stage liver disease undergoing cardiac catheterization. Am J Cardiovasc Dis. 2014; 4(3):133-9. View in PubMed
  10. Yao FY, Hameed B, Mehta N, Roberts JP. Response to letter to the editors. Liver Transpl. 2014 Oct; 20(10):1285. View in PubMed
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