Radical Surgery Saves Life of Young Mom, California First

Liver Removed, Reconstructed, Re-Implanted

A team led by Dr. Alan Hemming, a transplant surgeon at UC San Diego Health System, has successfully performed the West Coast’s first ex-vivo liver resection, a radical procedure to completely remove and reconstruct a diseased liver and re-implant it without any tumors. The procedure saved the life of a 27-year old mother whose liver had been invaded by a painful tumor that crushed the organ and entangled its blood supply…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


The surgery was performed at UC San Diego Health System’s Center for Hepatobiliary Disease and Abdominal Transplantation (CHAT), a new clinical service co-directed by Drs. Robert G. Gish and Alan Hemming. Dr. Gish is Director of Hepatology and Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology. Dr. Hemming is Professor of Surgery and Chief of Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery.