Penn Transplant Institute

Message from the Chief

Abraham Shaked, MD, PhD

Abraham Shaked, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Transplantation Surgery
Director, Penn Transplant Institute

Dr. Abraham Shaked is a nationally recognized leader in the field of transplantation. For many years, Dr. Shaked's practice has focused on the surgical treatment of liver and hepatobiliary diseases. He is one of the most experienced surgeons in the country in adult and pediatric liver transplantation, and has a special interest in hepatobiliary malignancy, as well as biliary reconstruction.

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It is the depth and breadth of experience of Penn's transplant teams that distinguishes the Penn Transplant Institute from other transplant programs.

We are the best transplant center because our experience and expertise extend beyond just heart transplants or liver transplants, to include all organs: heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas and multiple organs, such as heart/lung and kidney/pancreas. Our program is very busy, very experienced and very stable, but most importantly we have very, very good results.

Abraham Shaked, MD, PhD

Meet Dr. Shaked

Watch an interview with Abraham Shaked, MD, PhD, director of the Penn Transplant Institute and chief of transplantation surgery, as he discusses recent advances in transplantation, and the future direction of transplant surgery. Dr. Shaked also highlights the Barker Penn Transplant House and shares the aspects he appreciates most about being a transplant surgeon.

Watch an interview with Abraham Shaked, MD, PhD

In fact, the success rates for all of Penn's transplant programs are equal to, and in most cases exceed, the national averages as reported by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Penn maintains its record of successful outcomes even though its physicians and surgeons are treating some of the sickest patients.

The Penn Transplant Institute works closely with Gift of Life Donor Program, the regional organ procurement organization and the largest organ procurement organization in the country. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is an approved member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Teamed with UNOS and Gift of Life, Penn is dedicated to increasing awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation.

In addition to providing the highest level of patient care, the Penn Transplant Institute is dedicated to serving as a resource for physicians and their patients. Penn's multidisciplinary team leads the region in the total number of transplants performed and is ranked among the top 10 multi-organ transplant centers in the country.


Abraham Shaked, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Transplantation Surgery
Director, Penn Transplant Institute

National Leader in Solid Organ Transplantation

Penn Medicine is a regional and national leader in solid organ transplantation. Since its first successful kidney transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, Penn has led the region in the number of the transplants performed with success rates that meet or exceed the national average.

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As one of busiest clinical transplant centers in the country, the Penn Transplant Institute has active programs in hand, heart, kidney, liver, lung, pancreas and islet cell transplantation, as well as living donor programs for kidney and liver.

In addition, the liver and kidney transplant programs at Penn Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have collaborated for decades to provide pediatric transplant care.

Penn offers total integration of the care for all transplant recipients from pre-surgery management, through the transplant surgery and postoperative care.

All of the transplant faculty have active basic science laboratories and are nationally recognized leaders in their field of transplantation.