Medical School

Division of Solid Organ Transplant

Department of Surgery


Welcome to the Division of Solid Organ Transplant

For Patients

The Transplant Program at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, is one of the oldest and most successful transplant programs in the world.

For patient resources, clinic and appointment information, go to our UMMC Transplant Page.

Check out our Living Donor Liver Transplant program page for information on how physicians are expanding the potential donor list to serve those who are waiting for a liver transplant.

Check out the 50-year story of transplantation surgery at the University of Minnesota.

Fellowship Program

The purpose of the Division of Organ Transplantation is to provide outstanding care and to continue developing new techniques that improve organ transplantation results and to train students, residents, and fellows in this vital surgical field.

Head to the Transplant Fellowship Program page for information about the program and application process.

Latest News

November 10th:

Dr. Hering part of a "New life for pig-to-human transplants" [Nature]

Eventually, gene editing might even eliminate the need for immunosuppression, says Bernhard Hering, a transplant surgeon at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. His group is using CRISPR to create pig islets that could be transplanted without the need for drugs. Partly because of LCT’s success with encapsulated islets, many are hopeful that islet cells will be the first genetically modified tissue to make it into clinical trials, paving the regulatory pathway for the more-difficult organs. A non-profit organization has built a germ-free facility in which to raise Hering’s pigs.

Read the full Nature article here

September 30th:

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Srinath Chinnakotla, MD as the Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Chinnakotla has been named the Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program. He will serve as the primary liver transplant surgeon at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

He will continue to serve as the Executive Medical Director of the Pediatric Abdominal Transplantation program and the leader of the Pediatric Total Pancreatectomy Islet Auto Transplant (TPIAT) program.

Dr. Chinnakotla joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 2010. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota faculty, he was a transplant surgeon at Baylor University Medical Center (2001-2010) where he served as the Assistant Director of Adult Transplant Surgery.

His clinical expertise includes liver transplantation (adult, pediatric and living donor), complex and high risk liver transplants, and multi-organ transplants. He has performed over 1,000 abdominal organ transplants in both adults and children, including 652 liver transplants.

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Conditions We Treat
  • Intestinal Transplant
  • Islet Transplant
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Liver Transplant
  • Pancreas Transplant
  • Pancreatectomy and Auto Islet Transplant
  • Pediatric Transplant Program


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