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Kim Olthoff, MD, FACS

Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation

Donald Guthrie Professor in Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Kim M. Olthoff, MD, is Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplantation at the University of Pennsylvania.  She joined the surgical faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and is currently Director of the Liver Transplant Program at the PENN Transplant Center and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Dr. Olthoff received her medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1986, and completed a residency in general surgery at UCLA followed by a fellowship in transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at the Dumont – UCLA Transplant Center.  From there, she was recruited to help build the liver transplant programs at Penn and CHOP. The combined Liver Transplant Program at Penn and CHOP is currently one of the busiest clinical programs in the country, transplanting over 120 patients per year. The Penn program was recently named as the Top Performer for Transplant Benchmarking 2003 by the University HealthSystem Consortium for patient outcomes, operative statistics, resource utilization, and initiation of system pathways.

Dr. Olthoff is active in numerous national surgical societies, having served as an officer or councilor for several, such as the AAS and SUS. She also participates in many national and international transplant organizations. Dr. Olthoff is currently the regional Councilor and board member for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Chair of the Awards committee and Councilor for the American Society of Transplant Surgery, and Councilor for the International Pediatric Transplantation Association.  She has chaired the Liver and Intestinal Committee of the American Society of Transplantation, and was Vice Chair for the Membership and Professional Standards Committee for UNOS.  She was recently honored as the Thomas E. Starzl Invited Lecturer at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

Dr. Olthoff has an active research laboratory in both basic and translational research and is a recipient of NIH funding for studies in liver regeneration, living donor transplantation, and immunologic monitoring studies in transplant recipients. She has authored or coauthored over 100 original papers and book chapters, serves on the editorial boards for Liver Transplantation, Pediatric Transplantation, and the Journal of Surgical Research, and is an editor of Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation, 2nd ed (2005).

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