John Roberts, MD

Chief of UCSF Transplant Service

Dr. John Roberts is chief of the UCSF Transplant Service, one of the largest and most highly regarded programs of its kind in the country, including kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. Roberts is an expert in liver transplant surgery for adults and children and has spearheaded an effort to expand a procedure called "living donor" transplants, one of many efforts to make more donor organs available.

Roberts joined UCSF Medical Center in 1988. He has won numerous awards and National Institutes of Health grants for his research. He has produced nearly 170 papers on topics including allograft rejection, immunogenicity, immunosuppression and others. Roberts, who speaks nationally on transplant issues, is a fellow of the American Surgical Association as well as a member of many professional and honorary organizations.

As a professor of surgery, Roberts teaches medical students and postgraduates, and supervises the training of surgical residents. He earned a medical degree at the University of California, San Diego and completed a surgical residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. He also served as a postdoctoral fellow in transplantation at the University of Minnesota's Department of Surgery.

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.

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

Hours: Pre-Liver Transplant Clinic Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hours: Post-Liver Transplant Clinic Tuesday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Thursday 1-4 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

Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Academic Title

Professor

More about John Roberts

Education

UC San Diego 1980

Residencies

University of Washington, Surgery 1983

Fellowships

University of Minnesota, Transplant Surgery 1987

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lai JC, Covinsky KE, Dodge JL, Boscardin WJ, Segev DL, Roberts JP, Feng S. Reply (to LTE HEP-17-2332). Hepatology. 2018 Jan 29.
  2. Giard JM, Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Alpha-fetoprotein Slope >7.5 ng/ml/month Predicts Micro-vascular Invasion and Tumor Recurrence after Liver Transplantation for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Transplantation. 2018 Jan 17.
  3. Mehta N, Guy J, Frenette CT, Dodge JL, Osorio RW, Minteer WB, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Excellent Outcomes of Liver Transplantation Following Down-Staging of Hepatocellular Carcinoma to Within Milan Criteria: A Multicenter Study. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Nov 23.
  4. Shaw BI, Burdine LJ, Braun HJ, Ascher NL, Roberts JP. A Formula to Calculate Standard Liver Volume Using Thoracoabdominal Circumference. Transplant Direct. 2017 Dec; 3(12):e225.
  5. Mehta N, Dodge JL, Roberts JP, Hirose R, Yao FY. Misdiagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma in patients receiving no local-regional therapy prior to liver transplant: An analysis of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network explant pathology form. Clin Transplant. 2017 Nov; 31(11).
  6. Orandi BJ, Luo X, King EA, Garonzik-Wang JM, Bae S, Montgomery RA, 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, Osama Gaber A, Segev DL. Hospital readmissions following HLA-incompatible live donor kidney transplantation: A multi-center study. Am J Transplant. 2018 Mar; 18(3):650-658.
  7. Radhakrishnan K, Chi A, Quan DJ, Roberts JP, Terrault NA. Short Course of Postoperative Hepatitis B Immunoglobulin Plus Antivirals Prevents Reinfection of Liver Transplant Recipients. Transplantation. 2017 09; 101(9):2079-2082.
  8. Mehta N, Heimbach J, Lee D, Dodge JL, Harnois D, Burns J, Sanchez W, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Wait Time of Less Than 6 and Greater Than 18 Months Predicts Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence After Liver Transplantation: Proposing a Wait Time "Sweet Spot". Transplantation. 2017 09; 101(9):2071-2078.
  9. Samoylova ML, Nigrini MJ, Dodge JL, Roberts JP. Biases in the reporting of hepatocellular carcinoma tumor sizes on the liver transplant waiting list. Hepatology. 2017 10; 66(4):1144-1150.
  10. Lai JC, Covinsky KE, Dodge JL, Boscardin WJ, Segev DL, Roberts JP, Feng S. Development of a novel frailty index to predict mortality in patients with end-stage liver disease. Hepatology. 2017 08; 66(2):564-574.
  11. Lewin SM, Mehta N, Kelley RK, Roberts JP, Yao FY, Brandman D. Liver transplantation recipients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis have lower risk hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2017 Aug; 23(8):1015-1022.
  12. Ge J, Roberts JP, Lai JC. Race/ethnicity is associated with ABO-nonidentical liver transplantation in the United States. Clin Transplant. 2017 Aug; 31(8).
  13. Salazar J, Saxena V, Kahn JG, Roberts JP, Mehta N, Volk M, Lai JC. Cost-Effectiveness of Direct-Acting Antiviral Treatment in Hepatitis C-Infected Liver Transplant Candidates With Compensated Cirrhosis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Transplantation. 2017 05; 101(5):1001-1008.
  14. Mehta N, Heimbach J, Harnois DM, Sapisochin G, Dodge JL, Lee D, Burns JM, Sanchez W, Greig PD, Grant DR, Roberts JP, Yao FY. Validation of a Risk Estimation of Tumor Recurrence After Transplant (RETREAT) Score for Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence After Liver Transplant. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Apr 01; 3(4):493-500.
  15. Cai L, Yeh BM, Westphalen AC, Roberts J, Wang ZJ. 3D T2-weighted and Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced 3D T1-weighted MR cholangiography for evaluation of biliary anatomy in living liver donors. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Mar; 42(3):842-850.
  16. Samoylova ML, Covinsky KE, Haftek M, Kuo S, Roberts JP, Lai JC. Disability in patients with end-stage liver disease: Results from the functional assessment in liver transplantation study. Liver Transpl. 2017 Mar; 23(3):292-298.
  17. Choi WT, Jen KY, Wang D, Tavakol M, Roberts JP, Gill RM. Donor Liver Small Droplet Macrovesicular Steatosis Is Associated With Increased Risk for Recipient Allograft Rejection. Am J Surg Pathol. 2017 Mar; 41(3):365-373.
  18. Hart A, Schladt DP, Zeglin J, Pyke J, Kim WR, Lake JR, Roberts JP, Hirose R, Mulligan DC, Kasiske BL, Snyder JJ, Israni AK. Predicting Outcomes on the Liver Transplant Waiting List in the United States: Accounting for Large Regional Variation in Organ Availability and Priority Allocation Points. Transplantation. 2016 10; 100(10):2153-9.
  19. Melcher ML, Roberts JP, Leichtman AB, Roth AE, Rees MA. We Need to Take the Next Step. Am J Transplant. 2016 Dec; 16(12):3581-3582.
  20. Braun HJ, Ascher NL, Roll GR, Roberts JP. Biliary complications following living donor hepatectomy. Transplant Rev (Orlando). 2016 10; 30(4):247-52.

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