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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


2007, The First Olga Jonasson Lecture, Division of Transplantation, University of Illinois at Chicago
2004, Inaugural Thomas E. Starzl State of the Art Lectureship, Boston, MA
2004, Member of Working Group for Liver Transplantation, NIH Action Plan for Liver Disease Research
2003, Fellow in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (ELAM), Drexel University
2003, Roche/American Society of Transplant Surgeons Presidential Travel Award
2001, The Carl Groth Lectureship in Transplantation Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
1997-1999, Orthobiotec/ASTS Faculty Development Award
1986-1987, Outstanding First Year Resident
1981-1982, The Dr. Paul and Mrs. Doris Dirkse Health Care Scholarship
1979-1982, Upperclassman Scholarship
1978-1979, Freshman Honors Scholarship




Fine, RN, Webber SA, Olthoff KM, Kelly DA, Harmon WE, editors. Pediatric solid organ transplantation. 2nd ed. Malden (MA): Blackwell Publishing Ltd; 2007.



Porrett PM, Olthoff KM. Hepatectomy. In: Kanchwala S, Paulson EC, Roses R, Morris JM, editors. Gowned and gloved surgery: introduction to common procedures. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2008. p. 102-13.

Markmann JF, Yeh H, Naji A, Olthoff KM, Shaked A, Barker C. Transplantation of abdominal organs. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp D, Evers M, Mattox KL, editors. Sabiston textbook of surgery. 18th ed. 2008. p. 692-733.

DeJonge J, Olthoff KM. Liver transplantation: liver regeneration. In: Gruessner RWG, Benedetti E, editors. Living donor organ transplantation. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2008. p. 459-67.


Olthoff K, Markmann J. The role of re-transplantation. In: Schiff ER, Sorrell MF, Maddrey WC, editors. Schiff's diseases of the liver. 10th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007. p. 1546-52. 


Olthoff K. Liver regeneration. Clinical relevance. In: Blumgart LH, DeMatteo RP, editors. Surgery of the liver biliary tract and pancreas. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2006. p. 54-62. 


Desai NM, Olthoff KM. Portal vein thrombosis and other venous anomalies in liver transplantation. In: Busuttil RW, Klintmalm GB, editors. Transplantation of the liver. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2005. p. 743-54.


Olthoff KM, Abt PL, Shaked A. Liver transplantation. In: Reddy KR, Long WB, editors. Requisites in gastroenterology; 2004. p. 243-55. (Hepatobiliary tract and pancreas; vol 3).


Rand EB, Olthoff KM. Overview of pediatric liver transplantation. In: Piccoli DA, guest ed. Gastroenterology clinics of North America: pediatric gastroenterology; 2003. p. 913-29. (Volume 32.)


Rand E, Olthoff KM. Pediatric liver transplantation. In: Lucey M, Neuberger J, Shaked A, editors. Liver transplantation. Austin: Landes Bioscience; 2002. p. 109-15.


Barker CF, Brayman KL, Markmann JF, Naji A, Olthoff KM, Shaked A. Transplantation of abdominal organs. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp D, Evers BM, Mattox, editors. Sabiston textbook of surgery. 16th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 2001.  p. 429-70.

Olthoff KM. Cadaver liver donor selection criteria. In: Norman D, Turka L, editors. Primer on transplantation. 2nd ed. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell; 2001. p. 536-39.


Tarek R, Olthoff K, Reilly PM. Issues in potential organ donor management. In: Schwab CW, Reilly PM, guest editors. The surgical clinics of North America. 3rd ed. 2000. p. 1021-32. (Volume 80.)

Nunes, FA, Olthoff KM, Lucey MR. Liver transplantation: indications and pretransplant evaluation. In: Bacon B, DiBisceglie, editors. Diseases of the liver. 1st ed. London: Churchill; 2000. p. 383-91.


Zamir GA, Olthoff KM, Nunes FA, Markmann JF, Zeldin GA, Stewart CA, et al. Liver transplantation at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In: Cecka PI, Terasaki JM, editors. Clinical transplants. Los Angeles: UCLA Tissue Typing Laboratory; 1999. p. 223-29.


Olthoff KM, Busuttil RW. Venous anomalies including portal vein thrombosis and prior portosystemic shunts. In: Busuttil RW, Klintmalm GB, editors. Transplantation of the liver. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 1996. p. 46-47. 


Olthoff KM, Busuttil RW. Liver transplantation in the management of portal hypertension. In: Ernst CB, Stanley JC, editors. Current therapy in vascular surgery. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Mosby-Year Book, Inc.; 1995.


Olthoff KM, Brown SL, Busuttil RW. Portal hypertension. In: Moore WS, editor. Vascular surgery: a comprehensive review. 3rd ed. Orlando: W.B. Saunders Co.; 1990.


Millis JM, Olthoff KM, Imagawa DK, Baquerizo A, Busuttil RW. Liver transplantation at UCLA: a report of clinical activities. In: Terasaki PI, editor. Clinical transplants. Los Angeles: UCLA Tissue Typing Laboratory; 1988.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions

Deputy Editor

2011-present, Liver Transplantation

2009-2011, Associate Editor, Liver Transplantation


Journal of Gastroenterology
Annals of Surgery
American Journal of Transplantation
Journal of Hepatology
Liver International
Clinical Transplantation
Journal of Immunology

Academic and institutional committees

2008-present, Professionalism Committee for the School of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

2008-present, School of Medicine Committee on Appointments and Promotions, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

2007-present, Department of Surgery Committee on Appointments and Promotions,  Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

1997-present, Faculty Advisory Committee, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

1997-present, Clinical Pathway Committee, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

1995-present, Residency Review Committee, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


National and international professional and scientific societies

2008-present, American Surgical Association

2006-present Society of Clinical Surgeons

2006-present, Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients Technical Advisory Committee

  • 2008-2010, Chair

2004-present, Association for Academic Surgery Foundation

  • 2004-present, Board Member
  • 2007-2011, Secretary/Treasurer

2004-present, American Board of Surgery

  • 2010-present, Transplant Advisory Committee – ASTS representative

2002-present, United Network for Organ Sharing

  • 2009-2011, At Large Member OPTN/UNOS Policy Oversight Committee
  • 2009-2011, Vice Chair, Liver and Intestinal Committee
  • 2011-present, Chair, Liver and Intestinal Committee

2002-present, Surgical Biology Club II

2000-present, American Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association

1999-present, The Society of University Surgeons

1999-present, American College of Surgeons (Fellow)

1999-present, International Pediatric Transplant Association

  • 2002-present, Development Committee

1998-present American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

  • 2009-present, Practice Guidelines Committee

1998-present, The Transplantation Society

1996-present,  American Society of Transplant Surgeons

  • 2011-2012, President-Elect
  • 2008-2011, Secretary

1996-present, Association for Academic Surgery

Original Papers


Abecassis MM, Fisher RA, Olthoff KM, Freise CE, Rodrigo DR, Samstein B, et al. Complications of living donor hepatic lobectomy — a comprehensive report. 2010. Am J Transplant. 2012 May;12(5):1208-17. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2011.03972.x. Epub 2012 Feb 15. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22335782. Read the abstract

Terrault NA, Roland ME, Schiano T, Dove L, Wong MT, Poordad F, et al. Outcomes of liver transplant recipients with hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus coinfection. Liver Transpl. 2012 Jun;18(6):716-26. doi: 10.1002/lt.23411. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22328294. Read the abstract

Friedman BH, Wolf JH, Wang L, Putt ME, Shaked A, Christie JD, et al. Serum cytokine profiles associated with early allograft dysfunction in patients undergoing liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2012 Feb;18(2):166-76. doi: 10.1002/lt.22451. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22006860. Read the abstract


Berg CL, Merion RM, Shearon TH, Olthoff KM, Brown RS Jr, Baker TB, et al. Liver transplant recipient survival benefit with living donation in the model for endstage liver disease allocation era. Hepatology. 2011 Oct;54(4):1313-21. doi: 10.1002/hep.24494. Cited in PubMed; PMCID: PMC3184197. Read the article

Bacon BR, Adams PC, Kowdley KV, Powell LW, Tavill AS; American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Diagnosis and management of hemochromatosis: 2011 practice guideline by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Hepatology. 2011 Jul;54(1):328-43. doi: 10.1002/hep.24330. Cited in PubMed; PMCID: PMC3149125. Read the article

Trotter JF, Gillespie BW, Terrault NA, Abecassis MM, Merion RM, Brown RS Jr, et al. Laboratory test results after living liver donation in the adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation cohort study. Liver Transpl. 2011 Apr;17(4):409-17. doi: 10.1002/lt.22246. Cited in PubMed; PMID PMCID: PMC3295864. Read the article

Mendizabal M, Reddy KR, Cassuto J, Olthoff KM, Faust TW, Makar GA, et al. Liver transplantation in patients with cystic fibrosis: analysis of United Network for Organ Sharing data. Liver Transpl. 2011 Mar;17(3):243-50. doi: 10.1002/lt.22240. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21384506. Read the article

Olthoff KM, Abecassis MM, Emond JC, Kam I, Merion RM, Gillespie BW, et al. Outcomes of adult living donor liver transplantation: comparison of the Adult-to-adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort Study and the national experience. Liver Transpl. 2011 Jul;17(7):789-97. doi: 10.1002/lt.22288. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21360649.Read the article

Florence LS, Feng S, Foster CE 3rd, Fryer JP, Olthoff KM, Pomfret E, et al. Academic careers and lifestyle characteristics of 171 transplant surgeons in the ASTS. Am J Transplant. 2011 Feb;11(2):261-71. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2010.03381.x. Epub 2011 Jan 10. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21219568. Read the abstract

Olthoff KM. The grading of donor complications: GPAs or pass/fail? Am J Transplant. 2011 Jan;11(1):11-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2010.03377.x. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21199344. No abstract available.


Kiefer MV, Albert M, McNally M, Robertson M, Sun W, Fraker D, et al. Chemoembolization of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma with cisplatinum, doxorubicin, mitomycin C, ethiodol, and polyvinyl alcohol: a 2-center study. Cancer. 2010 Nov 8. Read the abstract.

Bunin N, Guzikowski V, Rand ER, Goldfarb S, Baluarte J, Meyers K, et al. Solid organ transplants following hematopoietic stem cell transplant in children. Pediatr Transplant. 2010 Dec;14(8):1030-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3046.2010.01401.x. Epub 2010 Sep 15. Read the abstract 

Olthoff KM, Kulik L, Samstein B, Kaminski M, Abecassis M, Emond J, et al. Validation of a current definition of early allograft dysfunction in liver transplant recipients and analysis of risk factors. Liver Transpl. 2010 Aug;16(8):943-9. Read the abstract

Merion RM, Shearon TH, Berg CL, Everhart JE, Abecassis MM, Shaked A, et al. Hospitalization rates before and after adult-to-adult living donor or deceased donor liver transplantation. Ann Surg. 2010 Mar;251(3):542-9. Read the abstract

Chapman R, Fevery J, Kalloo A, Nagorney DM, Boberg KM, Shneider B, et al. Diagnosis and management of primary sclerosing cholangitis. Hepatology. 2010 Feb;51(2):660-78. No abstract available.  
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