Nancy Ascher, PhD, MD

Organ transplant surgeon

Dr. Nancy Ascher has devoted her career to organ transplants and transplant research. She has served on the Presidential Task Force on Organ Transplantation, the Surgeon General's Task Force on Increasing Donor Organs and the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has membership in numerous other medical societies including the American Society of Transplant Surgeons in which she served as past president.

Ascher is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she earned a medical degree. She completed a general surgery residency and clinical transplant fellowship at the University of Minnesota, where she later joined the faculty and became clinical director of the Liver Transplant Program. She is certified by the American Board 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.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Academic Title

Professor
Chair, Surgery

More about Nancy Ascher

Education

University of Michigan 1974

Residencies

University of Minnesota, General Surgery 1981

Fellowships

University of Minnesota, Transplant Surgery 1982

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Delmonico FL, Ascher NL. Opposition to irresponsible global kidney exchange. Am J Transplant. 2017 Aug 21.
  2. O'Connell PJ, Kuypers DR, Mannon RB, Abecassis M, Chadban SJ, Gill JS, Murphy B, Nickerson PW, Schold JD, Stock PG, Seron D, Alloway RR, Bromberg JS, Budde K, Jordan SC, Legendre C, Lefaucheur C, Sarwall M, Segev DL, Stegall MD, Tullius SG, Wong G, Woodle ES, Ascher N, Morris RE. Clinical Trials for Immunosuppression in Transplantation: The Case for Reform and Change in Direction. Transplantation. 2017 Jul; 101(7):1527-1534.
  3. O'Connell PJ, Ascher N, Delmonico FL. The Transplantation Society Believes a Policy of Engagement Will Facilitate Organ Donation Reform in China. Am J Transplant. 2016 Nov; 16(11):3297-3298.
  4. Pruett TL, Vathsala A, Berney T, Lerut J, Odorico JS, Johnson M, Egawa H, Gonzalez-Martinez F, Haberal M, Ascher NL, Chandraker AK. Criminal Organ Retrieval: Unconscionable. Am J Transplant. 2017 Feb; 17(2):577.
  5. Braun HJ, Ascher NL, Roll GR, Roberts JP. Biliary complications following living donor hepatectomy. Transplant Rev (Orlando). 2016 Oct; 30(4):247-52.
  6. Braun HJ, Dodge JL, Roll GR, Freise CE, Ascher NL, Roberts JP. Impact of Graft Selection on Donor and Recipient Outcomes After Living Donor Liver Transplantation. Transplantation. 2016 Jun; 100(6):1244-50.
  7. Braun HJ, Dusch MN, Park SH, O'Sullivan PS, Harari A, Harleman E, Ascher NL. Medical Students' Perceptions of Surgeons: Implications for Teaching and Recruitment. J Surg Educ. 2015 Nov-Dec; 72(6):1195-9.
  8. Ascher NL. Nancy L. Ascher, MD, PhD: Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, UCSF; Past-President, ASTS; President-elect, The Transplantation Society. Transplantation. 2015 Jun; 99(6):1106.
  9. Braun HJ, O'Sullivan PS, Dusch MN, Antrum S, Ascher NL. Improving interprofessional collaboration: evaluation of implicit attitudes in the surgeon-nurse relationship. Int J Surg. 2015 Jan; 13:175-9.
  10. Dusch MN, Braun HJ, O'Sullivan PS, Ascher NL. Perceptions of surgeons: what characteristics do women surgeons prefer in a colleague? Am J Surg. 2014 Oct; 208(4):601-4.
  11. Dusch MN, O'Sullivan PS, Ascher NL. Patient perceptions of female surgeons: how surgeon demeanor and type of surgery affect patient preference. J Surg Res. 2014 Mar; 187(1):59-64.
  12. Vagefi PA, Parekh J, Ascher NL, Roberts JP, Freise CE. Ex vivo split-liver transplantation: the true right/left split. HPB (Oxford). 2014 Mar; 16(3):267-74.
  13. Roll GR, Parekh JR, Parker WF, Siegler M, Pomfret EA, Ascher NL, Roberts JP. Left hepatectomy versus right hepatectomy for living donor liver transplantation: shifting the risk from the donor to the recipient. Liver Transpl. 2013 May; 19(5):472-81.
  14. Trompeta JA, Cooper BA, Ascher NL, Kools SM, Kennedy CM, Chen JL. Asian American adolescents' willingness to donate organs and engage in family discussion about organ donation and transplantation. Prog Transplant. 2012 Mar; 22(1):33-40, 70.
  15. Vagefi PA, Ascher NL, Freise CE, Dodge JL, Roberts JP. Use of living donor liver transplantation varies with the availability of deceased donor liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2012 Feb; 18(2):160-5.
  16. Vagefi PA, Parekh J, Ascher NL, Roberts JP, Freise CE. Outcomes with split liver transplantation in 106 recipients: the University of California, San Francisco, experience from 1993 to 2010. Arch Surg. 2011 Sep; 146(9):1052-9.
  17. Melcher ML, Freise CE, Ascher NL, Roberts JP. Outcomes of surgical repair of bile leaks and strictures after adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant. Clin Transplant. 2010 Nov-Dec; 24(6):E230-5.
  18. Melcher ML, Pomposelli JJ, Verbesey JE, McTaggart RA, Freise CE, Ascher NL, Roberts JP, Pomfret EA. Comparison of biliary complications in adult living-donor liver transplants performed at two busy transplant centers. Clin Transplant. 2010 Sep-Oct; 24(5):E137-44.
  19. Vagefi PA, Klein I, Gelb B, Hameed B, Moff SL, Simko JP, Fix OK, Eilers H, Feiner JR, Ascher NL, Freise CE, Bass NM. Emergent orthotopic liver transplantation for hemorrhage from a giant cavernous hepatic hemangioma: case report and review. J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 Jan; 15(1):209-14.
  20. Trompeta JA, Chen JL, Cooper BA, Ascher NL, Kools SM. Development of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Knowledge Survey for use in Asian American adolescents. Transplant Proc. 2010 Jun; 42(5):1427-31.

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