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Division of Abdominal Transplant Surgery

Housed in the oldest university west of the Mississippi, the abdominal transplant programs at Saint Louis University began with the first kidney transplant in St. Louis in the 1970s. Since that time, the programs have evolved into providing access to transplantation for patients in need of kidney, kidney/pancreas, pancreas after kidney and liver transplantation.

The Division of Abdominal Transplant Surgery is a group of health professionals fully dedicated to abdominal organ transplantation. We primarily focus on multidisciplinary teamwork to benefit patients during their evaluation for transplant, at their initial admission for the transplant surgery, and during the posttransplant phase.

We also provide a full range of medical and surgical services to patients with end-stage renal and liver disease. Our doctors also perform vascular access for patients on dialysis and hepatobiliary surgery.


Henry B. Randall, M.D., FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division Chief, Adult and Pediatric Abdominal Transplantation
Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation

Mustafa D. Nazzal, M.D.
Assistant Professor

C.V.R. Rathna Varma, M.D., FRCS, FACS
Associate Professor
Surgical Director of Adult and Pediatric Liver Transplantation

Our Mission

We are an academic community dedicated to healing, teaching and research, with a commitment to quality innovative care. Within this context, the abdominal transplant programs strive to:

  • Provide multidisciplinary and integrated clinical care through the full continuum of progressive organ failure and transplantation.
  • Foster fundamental scientific discovery and innovative translational research in transplantation.
  • Develop future physicians and leaders in transplantation, and build referral base capability to manage patient populations.
  • Provide education to our care partners in the community to facilitate excellent patient outcomes.
  • Provide stewardship for the donor gift and collaboration with our Organ Procurement Organization partners.
  • Provide public policy leadership related to organ donation, progressive organ failure and organ allocation.