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Kidney and Liver Transplant Surgeons

Dr. Glenn Halff

Glenn Halff, MD
Professor of Surgery/Dielman Chair,
University Transplant Center
The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Glenn Halff is the Director of University Transplant Center. He received his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Texas. He completed his residency and internship at New York University in New York City, New York and his transplant fellowship at the University of Pittsburg. In 1992, he started the liver transplant program at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. He performs adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplants. Along with Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, he performed the first split liver transplant in South Texas. He also performs adult to adult living liver transplants and specializes in all liver, biliary and pancreas surgeries.

 

Dr. Francisco CigarroaFrancisco Cigarroa, MD
Chancellor
University of Texas System

Dr. Cigarroa is the Chancellor of the University of Texas System. He is a nationally renowned pediatric and transplant surgeon who was educated at Yale, Harvard and Johns Hopkins. In 1995 he joined the Health Science Center faculty in San Antonio. In 1997 he was part of the surgical team that split a donor liver for transplant into two recipients, the first operation of its kind in Texas. He continues to perform adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplants.

 

Dr. Robert Esterl

Robert Esterl, MD
Professor of Surgery
The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Robert Esterl received his medical degree at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at St. Louis University Hospitals, St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his abdominal transplant fellowship at St. Louis University Hospitals and at The University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska. In 1995, he performed the first combination kidney/pancreas transplant at University Transplant Center. Dr. Esterl specializes in kidney, kidney/pancreas, pancreas and liver transplants.

  

Dr. Ken Washburn

William Kenneth Washburn, MD
Associate Professor of Surgey
The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Washburn is the Surgical Director of the liver transplant program. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburg and completed general surgery training at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. He completed a fellowship in multi-organ transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at the Harvard-New England Deaconess Hospital. He was trained as a transplant surgeon in the US Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He joined The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio is 1998. He is actively involved in the adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplant programs as well as hepatobiliary surgery. Dr. Washburn established the clinical research component and is the principal investigator in a number of protocols involving established and new pharmacologic agents.

  

Dr. Greg Abrahamian

Gregory Abrahamian, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Abrahamian is the Surgical Director of the kidney transplant program. He received his medical degree from The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his residency and transplant fellowship at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas and Massachusetts General Hospital. He specializes in adult and pediatric kidney and liver transplant surgery.

 

Dr. Jose AlmedaJose Almeda, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Almeda was born in Del Rio, Texas and attended medical school and General Surgery residency training in San Antonio at UTHSCSA. He is certified by The American Board of Surgery. Dr. Almeda completed fellowships in Liver and Kidney Transplantation at the University of Southern California (USC) and is accredited by America Society of Transplant Surgeons. Using traditional open, and new laparoscopic techniques, Dr. Almeda now offers San Antonio and South Texas specialized surgical services focused on pancreatic cancer, liver tumors, and bile duct diseases including repair of bile duct injuries. Along with Dr's. Washburn and Halff, the team offers vascular reconstruction for those pancreatic tumors previously categorized as inoperable and can help with liver tumors involving complicated resections. The outcomes of these operations parallel or exceed those of tumors that do not involve vascular structures, thus the benefit to the patients is tremendous.