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John P. Roberts, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery
Endowed Chair in Abdominal Transplantation

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Academic Office
(415) 353-1888 Clinical, Liver
(415) 353-1551 Clinical, Kidney and Pancreas
(415) 353-9321 Academic
john.roberts@ucsf.edu
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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
  • Acute Liver Failure
  • Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Bile Duct Injuries
  • Bile Duct Strictures
  • Choledochal Cyst Disease
  • Complex Cancer Resections
  • Expanded Criteria Donor Kidney Transplant
  • Fulminant Hepatic Failure
  • Infections Post-Transplant
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Liver Cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma)
  • Liver Resection
  • Liver Transplant
  • Living Donor Kidney Transplant
  • Living Donor Liver Transplant
  • Pediatric Kidney Transplant
  • Pediatric Liver Transplant
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Rex Shunt or Meso-portal Shunt
  • Surgical Shunts
  • Cost of Transplantation
  • Ethical Issues in Transplantation
  • Immunosuppression
  • Organ Allocation

John P. Roberts, M.D. is a transplant surgeon and professor of surgery in the Division of Transplant Surgery. He also hold the Endowed Chair in Abdominal Transplantation. Dr. Roberts is a former interim chair of the Department of Surgery and served in that role from October 2016 through March 2018.

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.

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. 

Most recent publications from a total of 202
  1. Swenson SM, Roberts JP, Rhee S, Perito ER. Impact of the Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease (PELD) growth failure thresholds on mortality among pediatric liver transplant candidates. Am J Transplant. 2019 Aug 01. View in PubMed
  2. McCormick F, Held PJ, Chertow GM, Peters TG, Roberts JP. Removing Disincentives to Kidney Donation: A Quantitative Analysis. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2019 Aug; 30(8):1349-1357. View in PubMed
  3. Fidelman N, Johanson C, Kohi MP, Kolli KP, Kohlbrenner RM, Lehrman ED, Taylor AG, Kelley RK, Yao FY, Roberts JP, Kerlan RK. Prospective Phase II trial of drug-eluting bead chemoembolization for liver transplant candidates with hepatocellular carcinoma and marginal hepatic reserve. J Hepatocell Carcinoma. 2019; 6:93-103. View in PubMed
  4. Braun HJ, Dodge JL, Grab JD, Syed SM, Roll GR, Freise CE, Roberts JP, Ascher NL. Living Donor Liver Transplant for Alcoholic Liver Disease: Data from the Adult to Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Study (A2ALL). Transplantation. 2019 May 15. View in PubMed
  5. DesJardin JT, Manicardi M, Svetlichnaya Y, Kolaitis NA, Papolos AI, Selby VN, Zier LS, Klein L, Aras MA, Yao FY, Roberts JP, De Marco T. Noninvasive estimation of pulmonary vascular resistance improves portopulmonary hypertension screening in liver transplant candidates. Clin Transplant. 2019 May 10; e13585. View in PubMed
  6. Torres AM, Wong F, Pearson S, Weinberg S, Roberts JP, Ascher NL, Freise CE, Lee BK. Bi-organ paired exchange-Sentinel case of a liver-kidney swap. Am J Transplant. 2019 Apr 12. View in PubMed
  7. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Hirose R, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Predictors of low risk for dropout from the liver transplant waiting list for hepatocellular carcinoma in long wait time regions: Implications for organ allocation. Am J Transplant. 2019 Mar 12. View in PubMed
  8. Reig M, Gambato M, Man NK, Roberts JP, Victor D, Orci LA, Toso C. Should Patients With NAFLD/NASH Be Surveyed for HCC? Transplantation. 2019 01; 103(1):39-44. View in PubMed
  9. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Hirose R, Yao FY. Alpha-Fetoprotein Decrease from > 1,000 to < 500 ng/mL in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma Leads to Improved Posttransplant Outcomes. Hepatology. 2019 Mar; 69(3):1193-1205. View in PubMed
  10. Held PJ, McCormick F, Chertow GM, Peters TG, Roberts JP. Would government compensation of living kidney donors exploit the poor? An empirical analysis. PLoS One. 2018; 13(11):e0205655. View in PubMed
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