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Dr. Shareef Syed is a general surgeon who specializes in abdominal organ transplantation. His training includes kidney and liver transplantation for both adults and children, and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, a minimally invasive procedure for transferring a kidney from a living donor to a recipient. He also has expertise in minimally invasive procedures to address conditions of the kidneys, liver and bile ducts – the channels that transport digestive fluid made by the liver.

Syed's research explores outcomes for liver and kidney transplant patients, with special attention to those who have hepatocellular carcinoma, a common form of liver cancer. He is currently studying the impact of long wait-list times and local-regional therapies on the outcomes of patients with liver cancer who undergo transplantation. He is also studying novel noninvasive tests to detect impending kidney rejection. He enjoys teaching medical students, residents in general surgery and abdominal transplant fellows.

After earning his medical degree at the University of Leicester, Syed completed three years of medical and surgical residency with the National Health Service in England. He trained in internal medicine and surgery at the University of Southampton and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Bristol. During this time, he qualified for admission to the Royal College of Surgeons. He then started residency in general surgery at Central Michigan University and completed it at the UCSF, followed by a fellowship in abdominal transplantation at UCSF.

Syed is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, American Society of Transplantation and Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

  • Education

    Royal College of Surgeons, MRCS, 2011

    University of Leicester, MB Ch B, 2008

  • Residencies

    University of Southampton, Internal Medicine and Surgery, 2010

    Royal College of Surgeons, Surgery, 2011

    University of Bristol, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2011

    Central Michigan University, General Surgery, 2014

    UCSF, General Surgery, 2016

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Abdominal Transplant Surgery, 2018

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Where I see patients (4)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    89 Ratings
    About our process
    Oct 04, 2023
    Dr. Syed was wonderful. I feel very blessed to have been his patient
    Oct 03, 2023
    Top notch service
    Sep 20, 2023
    Very satisfied with all the medical care of the surgeon and all the staff of the UCSF hospital. Thanks a lot.
    Sep 13, 2023
    I saw Dr. Syed and he's awesome. I'm very comfortable speaking with him. He is always friendly and courteous.
    Aug 30, 2023
    Dr. Syed's genuine compassion concern and caring comes through with every encounter. I have total trust in his care and the teams guidance. I feel so fortunate to have my care in their hands and that Dr. Syed was my surgeon.
    Aug 29, 2023
    Dr.Syed listened carefully to my concerns and addressed them in detail. He took my wishes into consideration and spent time discussing my potential options with me. He included my family in this discussion. I would highly recommend Dr.Syed. He is redefining what is possible.
    Jul 31, 2023
    Dr Syed was very kind and attentive. He listened to my concerns and addressed them. I'm very thankful for his consideration.
    Jul 21, 2023
    Very good!
    May 27, 2023
    May 14, 2023
    I have a serious condition and Dr. Syed explained the risk and the procedure. Because of the advancing state he assured me he would arrange his schedule to work me into surgery in the next 2-3 weeks. He made me feel confident he would do the best he could for me and if I survive the surgery and post op I have a good chance to survive. While I am very scared he put me at ease that he and his team know what they are doing and he cares. He held and shook my hand and patted my leg sincerely. I feel he is a caring doctor.
    May 03, 2023
    I felt included as a partner in my care and did not feel talked down to talked over or dismissed.
    Nov 23, 2022
    I felt dismissed a lot of the time. He would speak with my wife instead of myself (the patient) I don't know what I was doing there because he barely examined me. I would have to bully me way into conversations and I felt minimalised. Finally I gave up and let them decide the best course of action for me. I hate being treated as a child. I apologize if I offended anyone but this is how I feel.
    Oct 12, 2022
    Good experience
    Sep 08, 2022
    I am pleased with the care of the doctors .
    Jun 03, 2022
    Thank you. For your attention and care like that to me.
    Apr 19, 2022
    I visited the transplant unit to seek advice for a possible surgical removal of my spleen. Dr.Shareef M.Syed explained to me in details about the procedure.He was extremely understanding of my concerns.He was very pleasant and showed compassion. If I decide to go through with this surgeryI would most definitely choose him to do it.
    Apr 06, 2022
    Feb 08, 2022