Transplant Surgeon Joins UA Department of Surgery

The University of Arizona Department of Surgery has added another transplant surgeon to its growing transplant program at University Medical Center.
TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Department of Surgery has added another transplant surgeon to its growing transplant program at University Medical Center. 
 
Chirag S. Desai, MDChirag S. Desai, MD, assistant professor of surgery, comes to the UA from Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C., where he completed a multi-organ transplant and hepatobiliary surgery fellowship. Dr. Desai is the first fellow in the United States to be certified by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) for intestine transplantation.
 
With advanced expertise in solid-organ transplants of the liver, intestine, pancreas and kidney, Dr. Desai also is a member of the UA Department of Surgery HepatoPancreaticoBiliary (HPB) Center team. This highly specialized service deals with all conditions that affect the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and duodenum. The conditions include benign and malignant tumors, inflammations, congenital abnormalities and traumatic injuries. 
 
Dr. Desai received his medical degree and completed residency training from Seth G.S. Medical College, King Edward Memorial Hospital at the University of Mumbai, India.  He served as a liver transplant associate (Visiting Physician Program) at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.  
 
His research interests focus on the outcomes of liver and intestinal transplantation through clinical research. Dr. Desai has authored several publications and articles in peer-reviewed journals.
“The addition of Dr. Desai to our transplant team, with his clinical and research expertise in the surgical treatment of hepatobiliary diseases, will further enable us to provide the very best care for our patients,” said Rainer Gruessner, MD, UA Department of Surgery chairman and chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplant. “He fits perfectly into our vision of becoming a world-class transplant institution.