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John P. Roberts


Organ transplant surgeon
Avid tennis player, advocate of regular exercise

Dr. John Roberts is a surgeon with expertise that includes kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He is also an expert in surgically managing liver diseases, such as portal hypertension (high blood pressure in the vein going from the digestive organs to the liver), as well as in liver surgery for cancer.

Roberts is one of the few surgeons in the U.S. who has extensive experience in performing the Rex shunt – a procedure that restores normal blood flow to the liver – in children and adults. He also has spearheaded an effort to expand the use of living donors for liver transplantation, one of his many projects to make more organs available.

Roberts earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego and completed a surgical residency at the University of Washington. He also served as a postdoctoral fellow in transplantation in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Roberts joined UCSF Medical Center in 1988. In addition to his leadership of the transplant service, he teaches medical students and supervises the training of surgical residents.

Roberts has won numerous awards and has received grants from the National Institutes of Health for his research. He has produced nearly 170 papers on topics that include organ transplant rejection, immunogenicity (ability of a substance to provoke an immune response) and immunosuppression (intentionally subduing immune response to lower the chance of organ rejection).

Roberts speaks nationally on transplant issues. He is a fellow of the American Surgical Association and a member of many professional organizations.

  • Education

    UC San Diego, 1980

  • Residencies

    University of Washington, Surgery, 1983

  • Fellowships

    University of Minnesota, Transplant Surgery, 1987

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

  • Academic Title


I love helping patients through the decisions surrounding a surgical procedure, so they have the best possible outcome and see their health improve.

Where I see patients (4)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    93 Ratings
    About our process
    Mar 25, 2022
    Mar 20, 2022
    Very good.
    Mar 05, 2022
    Dr. Roberts is an excellent communicator and made me feel at ease. He went through my Kaiser medical history and explained the transplant program. I could not have had a better referral to a kidney transplant program made by Kaiser Santa. Clara.
    Jan 25, 2022
    I don't think the problem is Dr. Roberts. My guess is you all are under staffed? You do NOT have good systems in place at least UNTIL you get into surgery and I pray to god this stuff dosnt happen there. I run a doctor office so I get it. But still.
    Jan 19, 2022
    Dr. Roberts spent plenty of time with me was patient and informative answered all my questions and was well informed about my health
    Jan 04, 2022
    Great doctor and guy
    Nov 01, 2021
    Like I said earlier I have zero complaints and can't say thanks enough
    Jun 29, 2021
    I had a great experience I have no complaints.
    Mar 31, 2021
    Feb 03, 2021
    Dr. Roberts is the best. He gets to the point without being rude.
    Dec 22, 2020
    good experience
    Oct 20, 2020
    they are very nice and professional
    Sep 24, 2020
    Dr. Roberts. foremost is a very fine gentleman and a great doctor. I believe he will do the best that he can in my treatment tot his difficult situation.
    Sep 14, 2020
    Dr. Robert's is the best. I usually see him at the Liver Clinic.
    Aug 10, 2020
    He was kind patient knowledgable and made sure my mother understood everything he was saying.

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