Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery

The UC San Diego Division of Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery performs abdominal organ transplants in both adults and children. UC San Diego's abdominal transplant surgeons have extensive experience in performing kidney, pancreas, liver, and multi-organ transplants, as well as living kidney and living liver transplant.  Innovative and complex transplant surgeries, including kidney auto-transplantation, domino liver transplant, split liver transplant, and liver re-transplantation are also offered. The UC San Diego transplant team also preforms pediatric kidney transplants at Rady Children's Hospital.  The transplant surgeons are part of the UC San Diego Center for Transplantation and have a multidisciplinary team of transplant specialists to care for patients before and after transplant. 

The Hepatobiliary Service, led by internationally renowned hepatobiliary surgeon and Department Chair Dr. Bryan Clary, performs a wide range of hepatobiliary surgeries for malignant and benign lesions of the liver.  These includes open, robotic and laparoscopic liver resections, hepatic cystectomies, and bile duct resections.  The hepatobiliary surgeons are experienced with complex liver resections including trisegemtectomies, caudate and gallbladder resections.  With combined transplant and hepatobiliary skills, our surgeons can perform vascular resections including the portal vein and inferior vena cava.  The hepatobiliary surgeons are part of Moore's Cancer Center so patients can receive the full scope of intradisciplinary cancer care. 

Kristin Mekeel

Kristin Mekeel, MD, FACS
Chief and Professor of Surgery
Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation 

Jennifer Berumen, MD

Jennifer Berumen, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Surgical Director of Pediatric Kidney Transplantation, Rady Children's Hospital

Tatiana Kisseleva, MD, PhD

Tatiana Kisseleva, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery (Adjunct)


Justin Parekh, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Director for Transplant Quality


Gabriel Schnickel,  MD 
Associate Professor of Surgery
Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation


Hilary Beltran
Administrative Assistant
Drs. Schnickel, Berumen & Parekh
(858) 657-6487
Fax (858) 587-6694

Felicia Ferguson
Executive Assistant
Dr. Mekeel
(858) 657-6487
Fax (858) 587-6694

Kimberly Gross, NP
Nurse Practitioner
(858) 657-6487
Fax (858) 587-6694

Robert Mallory, PA
Physician Assistant
Hepatobiliary Patients
(858) 246-1597
Fax (858) 228-5153

Teresa Geisinger, NP
Nurse Practitioner
Liver Transplant Patients
(858) 657-6487
Fax (858) 587-6694

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
UC San Diego
Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery
9300 Campus Point Drive, Mail Code: 7745
La Jolla, CA  92037-7745
Main Line: (858) 657-6487
Fax: (858) 587-6694