Transplant Surgery

For over 50 years, the Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center at UVA has been saving the lives of Virginians and beyond through organ transplantation. The only transplant center in the Commonwealth where any patient— adult or child—can receive transplants for: heart, lung, kidney, liver, and pancreas, including islet cells to treat type 1 diabetes. Removing barriers, ensuring multi-disciplinary care, and providing hope are what make this program unique.

At UVA, we believe in a patient-centric approach. The research we do in our laboratories advance the science of transplantation. These advances result in better outcomes for patients in need of transplantation.


Research Cores

Transplant Surgery’s Research Cores ensure that UVA is helping drive the latest medical advances and is able to offer our patients the best care possible. Collaborations are encouraged with other researchers, believing that cooperation leads to better results in the lab and in the clinic. The department has the following cores: Translational Genomics Transplant Core, Cellular Therapy & Transplant Core, Cell Processing Core, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Core, Clinical Research Core, and Administrative Core.

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Transplant Center Director

Dr. Jose Oberholzer is a pioneer in robotic surgery and an expert in liver, kidney, pancreas and small bowel transplants, as well as transplants in patients with diabetes.
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Unusual Care Partnership

A Norfolk teen was the first patient to receive a transplant in a unique pediatric liver transplant partnership between Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital.
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Research Spotlight

Dr. Valeria Mas works to improve long-term post-transplantation outcomes. Through her research, she aims to establish a set of biomarkers that can be used in a non-invasive manner to monitor how well an organ is functioning after it has been transplanted into a patient.
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Support Our Mission

Every transplant surgery researcher is dedicated to better results for patients in our clinic. Your contribution, whatever its size, can help ensure we are able to offer the best care based on advanced medical research.

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