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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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(415) 353-9321 
john.roberts@ucsfmedctr.org
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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 245
  1. Orandi BJ, Luo X, Massie AB, Garonzik-Wang JM, Lonze BE, Ahmed R, Van Arendonk KJ, Stegall MD, Jordan SC, Oberholzer J, Dunn TB, Ratner LE, Kapur S, Pelletier RP, Roberts JP, Melcher ML, Singh P, Sudan DL, Posner MP, El-Amm JM, Shapiro R, Cooper M, Lipkowitz GS, Rees MA, Marsh CL, Sankari BR, Gerber DA, Nelson PW, Wellen J, Bozorgzadeh A, Gaber AO, Montgomery RA, Segev DL. Survival Benefit with Kidney Transplants from HLA-Incompatible Live Donors. N Engl J Med. 2016 Mar 10; 374(10):940-50. View in PubMed
  2. Lai JC, Roberts JP. ABO Non-Identical Liver Transplantation in the United States. Am J Transplant. 2016 Mar 1. View in PubMed
  3. Roberts JP. The Cost of Fairness. Am J Transplant. 2016 Feb; 16(2):385-6. View in PubMed
  4. Mehta N, Sarkar M, Dodge JL, Fidelman N, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Intention to treat outcome of T1 hepatocellular carcinoma with the "wait and not ablate" approach until meeting T2 criteria for liver transplant listing. Liver Transpl. 2016 Feb; 22(2):178-87. View in PubMed
  5. Mehta N, Heimbach J, Hirose R, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Minimal Transplant Survival Benefit for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Is it Real or an Overestimation of Waitlist Life Expectancy? Gastroenterology. 2016 Feb; 150(2):533-4. View in PubMed
  6. Olmos A, Feiner J, Hirose R, Swain S, Blasi A, Roberts JP, Niemann CU. Impact of a quality improvement project on deceased organ donor management. Prog Transplant. 2015 Dec; 25(4):351-60. View in PubMed
  7. Lai JC, Covinsky KE, Hayssen H, Lizaola B, Dodge J, Roberts JP, Terrault NA, Feng S. Author response to: Clinical assessments of health status as a potential marker to identify patients who are too sick to undergo transplantation. Liver Int. 2015 Nov 19. View in PubMed
  8. Kwong AJ, Lai JC, Dodge JL, Roberts JP. Outcomes for liver transplant candidates listed with low model for end-stage liver disease score. Liver Transpl. 2015 Nov; 21(11):1403-9. View in PubMed
  9. Roberts JP. Transplantation: Allocation of liver transplants-a road to consensus. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 Nov; 12(11):615-6. View in PubMed
  10. 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
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