Transplant Surgery Division


For over 50 years, the Transplant Surgery Division and the Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center at the University of Virginia has been saving the lives of Virginians and beyond through organ transplantation. As the only comprehensive transplant center in Virginia, UVA is dedicated to excellence in transplant and innovative scientific discovery. We are especially focused on finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, developing therapies for hepatitis C, hepatocellular carcinoma, and liver cancer, and supporting successful transplants. We are committed to embracing patients and families in a collaborative partnership, striving to inspire hope in the people we care for.

Clinical Programs

UVA Transplant Surgery Division provider gets a patient's blood pressureWe are a leading center in minimally invasive transplant surgery using advanced robotic technologies for kidney and pancreas transplantation. We excel in the field of living donation, allowing those awaiting a kidney or liver greater possibilities. UVA Transplant aims to advance the studies of disease in order to provide the best medical options to patients.

Our transplant recipients include patients from all over Virginia. We also specialize in both out-of-state and international patients with particularly challenging cases. We care for patients who are awaiting liver, kidney, islet cell and pancreas transplant through medical management and state-of-the-art imaging and drug therapy, which can improve survival after transplant.


Education and Training

Diabetes Research Program

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Transplant Abdominal Fellowship

The University of Virginia provides fellows with a multi-organ transplant experience of at a rapidly growing transplant program. Our fellowship allows physicians to gain expertise in all aspects of abdominal transplantation including pre, peri, and post-transplant care.  In addition to minimally invasive and traditional surgical training; our program offers the opportunity to train in robotic-assisted transplantation.

Our fellowship is an ASTS- certified two year program with training in kidney, liver, and pancreas transplantation. Fellows will also gain experience with living donor kidney and liver transplantation as well as organ procurement.

UVA Summer Diabetes Research Program

The Summer Diabetes Research Program at the University of Virginia is a ten-week summer internship for undergraduates with a focus on diabetes research. The program is sponsored by the NIH NIDDK R25 training program and the University of Virginia, Department of Surgery.


Diabetes Research Program

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Transplant Research

At the University of Virginia we believe in a patient-centric approach. The research we do in our laboratories advance the science of transplantation. These advances result in better outcomes for patients in need of transplantation. Our research is collaborative allowing us to generate stronger results in the lab and in the clinic.

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At the Transplant Surgery Division, we innovate so we can care for patients better each time we go to the operating table. With our new hospital expansion and transplant unit, we are excited to see how these efforts improves the patient experience.

Charitable Giving

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There is more than one way to be a hero. Our job would not be possible without the selflessness of our organ donors and their families. This act of altruism is what the spirit of transplantation is based off of.

Every transplant surgeon and researcher is dedicated to better results for patients. Your contribution, whatever its size, can help ensure we are able to offer the best care based on advanced medical research.

If you would like to learn more about supporting UVA Transplant Surgery, please contact Debbie Ryan at the UVA Health Foundation at 800.297.0102 or

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