About Us

The Section of Transplant Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine draws upon a long, successful history as it offers the latest advancements in the transplant field.

The kidney transplant program dates to the 1960s at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, while the liver transplant program began in 1985 at both hospitals. In 1996, transplant surgeons performed the first adult living-unrelated donor liver transplant in the United States at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

About 40 percent of kidney transplants performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital – and over half performed at St. Louis Children’s Hospital – use living donors. Our transplant surgeons offer both laparoscopic and “mininephrectomy” kidney donor procedures. 

In the area of liver transplantation, the program offers living-related and living-unrelated donor transplantation, reduced-size liver transplantation, split liver transplantation and dual-organ (liver-kidney, heart-liver and liver-lung) transplantation.

Washington University transplant surgeons also are leaders in the international field of islet cell transplantation and have initiated a solid pancreas transplant program.

Along with their clinical expertise, Washington University surgeons are leaders in the field of transplantation research and train fellows in a nationally recognized, two-year program certified by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. 

We encourage you to to learn more about our patient care, research and teaching programs.