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Dr. Sang-Mo Kang is an organ transplant surgeon, performing transplants of the kidney, liver and pancreas. His expertise includes gastrointestinal surgery, laparoscopic kidney donor surgery, laparoscopic liver surgery, and surgeries related to the liver, bile ducts and gallbladder.

Kang maintains a research laboratory focused on understanding how the immune system responds to transplanted organs. He investigates new methods to induce transplant-specific tolerance, with the goal of replacing immunosuppressive medications. He has been awarded research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Kang earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and completed a surgical residency and transplant fellowship at UCSF Medical Center. He received two research fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which he used to study transplant immunology at the NIH and the UCSF Transplantation Research Laboratory.

Kang teaches fellows, residents and medical students at UCSF.

  • Education

    Harvard Medical School, 1992

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Surgery

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Transplantation

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

  • Academic Title


  • Languages



Where I see patients (4)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    83 Ratings
    About our process
    Aug 14, 2023
    Dr Kang was very attentive and eased my concerns right away
    Jun 24, 2023
    Very good experience
    May 20, 2023
    The past three years have been hard on all of us and I often find people including myself can have less patience and tolerance that was not the case with anyone at UCSF. Everyone was kind compassionate and patient not only with me but with others that I observed. Thank you I know the work is hard.
    Feb 16, 2023
    Feb 11, 2023
    Answered all my questions
    Jan 13, 2023
    He talked I talked and it went well. I feel pretty good.
    Nov 03, 2022
    Warm and competent a good combination that gave me confidence

    Selected research

    My work

    Craigslist kidney donor, recipient paying it forward