Kim Olthoff, MD, FACS, is the Guthrie Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery. She is Co-director of the Transplant Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Liver Transplant Program at CHOP and the Hospital of 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).
Education and Training
MD - University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Surgery - University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Surgery - University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA (Chief Resident)
Dumont-UCLA Transplant Center, Los Angeles, CA
General Surgery – American Board of Surgery
Titles and Academic Titles
Surgical Director, Transplant Program
Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation Program
Donald Guthrie Professor in Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
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.
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.
Journal of Gastroenterology
Annals of Surgery
American Journal of Transplantation
Journal of Hepatology
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
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