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Sang-Mo Kang, M.D.

Organ transplant surgeon

Dr. Sang-Mo Kang is an organ transplant surgeon, performing transplants of the kidney, liver and pancreas, and surgical director of the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program. His expertise includes gastrointestinal surgery, laparoscopic kidney donor surgery, laparoscopic liver surgery and surgery related to the liver, bile ducts and gallbladder. Kang maintains a research laboratory focused on understanding the immune response to transplanted organs and new methods to induce transplant-specific tolerance with the goal of replacing immunosuppressive medications. He has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons-Novartis Fellowship for transplant research.

An assistant professor of surgery, Kang teaches fellows, residents and medical students. He earned a medical degree at Harvard Medical School and completed a surgical residency and transplant fellowship at UCSF Medical Center. He received two Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowships, which he used to study transplant immunology at the NIH and the Transplantation Research Laboratory at UCSF.

Clinics

Connie Frank Transplant Center at UCSF
400 Parnassus Ave., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1551
Pre-Kidney Fax: (415) 353-8708
Post-Kidney Fax: (415) 353-8381

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program
350 Parnassus Ave., Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (877) 762-6935
Phone: (415) 353-2336
Fax: (415) 353-8917

Hours: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month

Liver Transplant Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1888
Fax: (415) 353-8917

Hours: Pre-Liver Transplant Clinic Monday, Tuesday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hours: Post-Liver Transplant Clinic Tuesday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Pancreas Transplant Services
400 Parnassus Ave., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1551
Pre-Transplant Fax: (415) 353-8708
Post-Transplant Fax: (415) 353-4183

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

More about Sang-Mo Kang

Additional Languages

Korean
Spanish

Education

Harvard Medical School 1992

Residencies

UCSF Medical Center, Surgery

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Transplantation

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Tang Q, Kang SM. Interpretation of transplant biopsies and immune responses following Treg cell therapy. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2014 Dec; 19(6):616-20.
  2. Gupta N, Henry RG, Strober J, Kang SM, Lim DA, Bucci M, Caverzasi E, Gaetano L, Mandelli ML, Ryan T, Perry R, Farrell J, Jeremy RJ, Ulman M, Huhn SL, Barkovich AJ, Rowitch DH. Neural stem cell engraftment and myelination in the human brain. Sci Transl Med. 2012 Oct 10; 4(155):155ra137.
  3. Tang Q, Leung J, Melli K, Lay K, Chuu EL, Liu W, Bluestone JA, Kang SM, Peddi VR, Vincenti F. Altered balance between effector T cells and FOXP3+ HELIOS+ regulatory T cells after thymoglobulin induction in kidney transplant recipients. Transpl Int. 2012 Dec; 25(12):1257-67.
  4. Tang Q, Bluestone JA, Kang SM. CD4(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cell therapy in transplantation. J Mol Cell Biol. 2012 Feb; 4(1):11-21.
  5. Lopez-Vergès S, Milush JM, Schwartz BS, Pando MJ, Jarjoura J, York VA, Houchins JP, Miller S, Kang SM, Norris PJ, Nixon DF, Lanier LL. Expansion of a unique CD57?NKG2Chi natural killer cell subset during acute human cytomegalovirus infection. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Sep 6; 108(36):14725-32.
  6. Ahearn AJ, Posselt AM, Kang SM, Roberts JP, Freise CE. Experience with laparoscopic donor nephrectomy among more than 1000 cases: low complication rates, despite more challenging cases. Arch Surg. 2011 Jul; 146(7):859-64.
  7. Alemi F, Kwon E, Freise C, Kang SM, Hirose R, Stewart L, Corvera CU. Hepatic surgery at a VA tertiary medical center: lessons learned. Am J Surg. 2010 Nov; 200(5):591-5.
  8. Brennan TV, Hoang V, Garrod KR, Liu FC, Hayden T, Kim J, Kang SM. A new T-cell receptor transgenic model of the CD4+ direct pathway: level of priming determines acute versus chronic rejection. Transplantation. 2008 Jan 27; 85(2):247-55.
  9. Kim J, Chang CK, Hayden T, Liu FC, Benjamin J, Hamerman JA, Lanier LL, Kang SM. The activating immunoreceptor NKG2D and its ligands are involved in allograft transplant rejection. J Immunol. 2007 Nov 15; 179(10):6416-20.
  10. Liu F, Kang SM. Small bowel transplantation in mice. J Vis Exp. 2007; (7):258.
  11. Kang SM. Investigating the immunological mechanisms underlying organ transplant rejection. J Vis Exp. 2007; (7):256.
  12. Liu F, Kang SM. Heterotopic heart transplantation in mice. J Vis Exp. 2007; (6):238.
  13. Garrod KR, Chang CK, Liu FC, Brennan TV, Foster RD, Kang SM. Targeted lymphoid homing of dendritic cells is required for prolongation of allograft survival. J Immunol. 2006 Jul 15; 177(2):863-8.
  14. Melcher ML, Carter JT, Posselt A, Duh QY, Stoller M, Freise CE, Kang SM. More than 500 consecutive laparoscopic donor nephrectomies without conversion or repeated surgery. Arch Surg. 2005 Sep; 140(9):835-9; discussion 839-40.
  15. Carter JT, Freise CE, McTaggart RA, Mahanty HD, Kang SM, Chan SH, Feng S, Roberts JP, Posselt AM. Laparoscopic procurement of kidneys with multiple renal arteries is associated with increased ureteral complications in the recipient. Am J Transplant. 2005 Jun; 5(6):1312-8.
  16. Posselt AM, Mahanty H, Kang SM, Stoller ML, Meng MV, Roberts JP, Freise CE. Laparoscopic right donor nephrectomy: a large single-center experience. Transplantation. 2004 Dec 15; 78(11):1665-9.
  17. Visser BC, Suh I, Way LW, Kang SM. Congenital choledochal cysts in adults. Arch Surg. 2004 Aug; 139(8):855-60; discussion 860-2.
  18. Abrahams HM, Freise CE, Kang SM, Stoller ML, Meng MV. Technique, indications and outcomes of pure laparoscopic right donor nephrectomy. J Urol. 2004 May; 171(5):1793-6.
  19. Freise CE, Kang SM, Feng S, Hirose R, Stock P. Excellent short-term results with steroid-free maintenance immunosuppression in low-risk simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation. Arch Surg. 2003 Oct; 138(10):1121-5; discussion 1125-6.
  20. Meng MV, Freise CE, Kang SM, Duh QY, Stoller ML. Techniques to optimize vascular control during laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. Urology. 2003 Jan; 61(1):93-7; discussion 97-8.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.