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Dr. Nancy Ascher has devoted her career to organ transplantation and transplant research. She has served on the Presidential Task Force on Organ Transplantation, Surgeon General's Task Force on Increasing Donor Organs and Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation.

Ascher is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she earned her 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.

Ascher is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is a member of numerous other medical societies, including the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, in which she has served as president.

  • Education

    University of Michigan, 1974

  • Residencies

    University of Minnesota, General Surgery, 1981

  • Fellowships

    University of Minnesota, Transplant Surgery, 1982

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (3)

    My work

    Living donor gives patient with liver cancer another chance

    Amy was running out of treatment options when a family friend offered to donate part of her liver. Dr. Ascher was on the team that made Amy's surgery a success.

    Dr. Ascher in “The Surgeon’s Cut”

    Follow the drama as Dr. Ascher leads a team in performing a living donor liver transplant.

    Q&A: Captivated by organ transplant surgery

    Dr. Ascher is an organ transplantation pioneer, founder of the UCSF Liver Transplant Program and a kidney donor herself. Learn what drew her to the field and to UCSF.

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    114 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 01, 2023
    Excellent care provider.
    Nov 30, 2023
    She's amazing in her range of knowledge and caring about me
    Nov 03, 2023
    It was a pleasant surprise to have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Ascher Been years since we spoke and I'm grateful to have the benefit of her experience and wisdom.
    Oct 21, 2023
    Everything went wonderful easy Peezy. Thank you.
    Sep 18, 2023
    All very well
    Sep 17, 2023
    Provider suggested me to seek help basing on my health history.
    Sep 16, 2023
    The best service
    Sep 13, 2023
    Dr. Ascher listened to my concerns and was very understanding and direct in helping me.
    Aug 18, 2023
    I had a really good experience with the provider. Explains everything at the level that you can understand the medical terms.
    Jul 07, 2023
    Jun 29, 2023
    Ucsf provided the best doctors in the world.
    Jun 24, 2023
    We've been treated very good. Our Dr.s are amazing& the hospital staff were efficient & caring.
    Mar 16, 2023
    Dr Ascher is simply incredible!
    Mar 15, 2023
    Dr. Ascher took the time to review my recent activity and it was extremely helpful. She is very patient and truly listens to my questions and concerns.
    Feb 25, 2023
    My physician is outstanding and UCSF is lucky to have her.
    Feb 22, 2023
    I would highly recommend this doctor and the whole liver transplant team. They are the best! We felt very confident with the care we were receiving and going to be receiving. Going through such a major procedure it was so reassuring to know we were in the best hands possible.
    Jan 02, 2023
    I went into my appointment with a few concerns. Dr. Ascher addressed all of my concerns which made me feel better! I also felt listened to completely.
    Nov 07, 2022
    Oct 26, 2022
    Dr. Ascher is excellent
    Sep 29, 2022
    Dr Ascher is a kind and compassionate doctor who listened to my concerns.
    Sep 09, 2022
    Dr Ascher is caring compassionate and attentive beyond wonderful and beyond words. She is the best surgeon I could ever have been blessed to have been cared for.
    Sep 07, 2022
    It was Dr. Ascher. Enough said. Always the most confident knowledgable & kind. I am always honored to Interact with her as my provider.
    Aug 25, 2022
    I have told everyone about my experiences and I have nothing but PRAISE FOR ALL WHO CARED FOR ME. Thank you AGAIN.
    Jul 12, 2022
    Dr.Ascher is the very best doctor I have ever had.
    Jun 02, 2022