Dr. Melcher Accepts Chief of Abdominal Transplantation Position

September 1, 2023

Dr. Marc Melcher has accepted the position as the new Chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplantation.

“I thank Dr. Hawn for this opportunity, and I am thrilled to take on this position,” said Melcher. 

Melcher is a Professor of Surgery and performs both adult liver and kidney transplants. His research focuses on methods to enhance organ allocation, preservation, and function. Additionally, Melcher is the current Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Director.

"I plan not only to invest in our current faculty but also to recruit new faculty as needed to develop collaborative clinical programs and research initiatives and to adapt our fellowship training to remain at the forefront of transplant practices," he said. "By fostering partnerships with other specialties and the broader transplant ecosystem at Stanford, we will drive advancements in abdominal transplantation.”

Melcher will be taking over division leadership from Dr. Carlos Esquivel. Esquivel became Division Chief in 1998.

“Under [Dr. Equivel’s] leadership over the past 25 years, Stanford built a world-class abdominal transplant program; taking on some of the most challenging patients and leading in innovation in several areas including pediatric transplantation, tolerance programs, intestinal transplantation, and en bloc multi-organ transplantation to name a few,” wrote Department Chair Dr. Mary Hawn in her announcement.

“We are on an amazing trajectory, and I look forward to what the future holds for Abdominal Transplantation at Stanford.”

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