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John P. Roberts, M.D.

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

Contact Information

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 206
  1. Ge J, Perito ER, Bucuvalas J, Gilroy R, Hsu EK, Roberts JP, Lai JC. Split liver transplantation is utilized infrequently and concentrated at few transplant centers in the United States. Am J Transplant. 2019 Nov 09. View in PubMed
  2. Held PJ, Bragg-Gresham JL, Peters T, Chertow GM, McCormick F, Roberts JP. The cost of procuring deceased donor kidneys: Evidence from OPO cost reports 2013-2017. Am J Transplant. 2019 Oct 30. View in PubMed
  3. Meier RPH, Syed S, Roberts JP. Re: Biliary Bicarbonate, pH, and Glucose Are Suitable Biomarkers of Biliary Viability During Ex Situ Normothermic Machine Perfusion of Human Donor Livers. Transplantation. 2019 Sep 13. View in PubMed
  4. Roll GR, Webber AB, Gae DH, Laszik Z, Tavakol M, Mayen L, Cunniffe K, Syed S, Hirose R, Freise C, Feng S, Roberts JP, Ascher NL, Stock PG, Rajalingam R. A virtual crossmatch based strategy facilitates sharing of deceased donor kidneys for highly sensitized recipients. Transplantation. 2019 Aug 19. View in PubMed
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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 Jul; 33(7):e13585. View in PubMed
  10. 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 Sep; 19(9):2646-2649. View in PubMed
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