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As Professor of Surgery and Director of the Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program at UCSF, Dr. Sandy Feng performs liver, kidney and pancreas transplants and teaches surgical fellows, residents, and medical students. She received a doctorate in molecular biology from Cambridge University with her Marshall Scholarship and earned her medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine. She then completed general surgery residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a transplant fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Feng has numerous leadership roles, including Councilor for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Deputy Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation, former Co-Chair of the Executive Planning Committee for the American Transplant Congress, and current Chair of the Kidney Pancreas Advisory Committee of the American Society of Transplantation. She has been an invited organizer or participant in several national consensus conferences addressing issues critical to the transplantation community.
Dr. Feng's research interest focuses on transplant immunology, with a particular focus on determinants of organ tolerance. She is also investigating novel immunosuppressive regimens and pursuing immunosuppression withdrawal in selected liver transplant recipients. By studying the immune profiles of transplant patients who are successfully weaned from immunosuppressants, she and her group hope to predict prospectively which patients may be good candidates for immunosuppression withdrawal.
In excess of 90,000 people are on the waiting list for kidney transplants, fewer than 17,000 receive one each year, and about 4,500 die on the waiting list. Even where a relative or friend is willing to donate a kidney, the kidney may not be a biological match. To address this problem, paired kidney exchange programs were created. Although it has been more than a decade since the first paired kidney exchange took place in the US, there is still no uniform system for these exchanges. Sandy Feng, M.D., Ph.D., a transplant surgeon at UCSF, is currently organizing the Consensus Conference on Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) taking place at the end of March 2012. Members of several stakeholder organizations, including the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the American Societies of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and Nephrology (ASN), will discuss "pressing issues limiting implementation of KPD and develop a consensus-driven model to overcome barriers."
The Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program, led by Dr. Sandy Feng, has launched a new, updated website, one that will serve as a portal for current as well as aspiring transplant fellows. The rich didactic environment of the program is highlighted against the backdrop of its storied history. The program's distinguished alumni also have a section on the site, which features a link to the current biographical sketch of each respective physician.
Dr. Sandy Feng, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the UCSF Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program. presents an update on the progress in immunosuppression for liver transplantation. Series: UCSF Transplant Update [1/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Professional Medical Education] [Show ID: 15737].