Marc L. Melcher

Transplant surgeon, Liver transplant surgeon, Kidney transplant surgeon, Hepatobiliary surgeon, Dialysis access surgeon, Living donor nephrectomy surgeon

Associate Professor of Surgery (Abdominal Transplantation) at the Stanford University Medical Center

Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-725-9891
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Liver Transplant Program

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-498-7878
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Liver Transplant Program at Boswell Building

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-498-7878
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Professional Education

Fellowship: Univ of California San Francisco (06/30/2006) CA

Medical Education: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1999) NY

Medical Education: University of California at Berkeley (1999) CA

Residency: Stanford University Medical Center (06/30/2004) CA

Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2006)

Fellowship, UC, San Francisco, Multi-organ Transplantation (2006)

MD, Columbia University, P&S, Medicine (1999)

PhD, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Molecular Biology (1995)

BA, Harvard University, Biochemistry (1989)

Honors & Awards

Member, Pacific Coast Surgical Society (2012 -)

Poster of Distinction, American Transplant Congress (2010)

Member, San Francisco Surgical Society (2009-)

Member, American Society of Transplant Surgeons (2004-)

Fellow, American College of Surgeons (2009 -)

Member, Association for Academic Surgery (2007-)

Member, Transplantation Society (2009 -)

Alpha Omega Alpha, Columbia Medical School (1999)

Harvard College Scholarship, Harvard (1988)

Thomas J. Watson Scholarship, IBM (1985-1989)

Administrative Appointments

Program Director, Stanford Surgery Residency (2011 - Present)

Associate Program Director, Stanford Multi-Organ Transplant Fellowship (2010 - Present)

Associate Program Director, Stanford Surgery Residency (2006 - 2011)

Administrative Chief Resident, Stanford Surgery Residency (2003 - 2004)

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Center-Defined Unacceptable HLA Antigens Facilitate Transplants for Sensitized Patients in a Multi-Center Kidney Exchange Program
Baxter-Lowe, L. A., Cecka, M., Kamoun, M., Sinacore, J., & Melcher, M. L. (2014). Center-Defined Unacceptable HLA Antigens Facilitate Transplants for Sensitized Patients in a Multi-Center Kidney Exchange Program. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 14(7), 1592-1598.

Quantifying the Risk of Incompatible Kidney Transplantation: A Multicenter Study
Orandi, B. J., Garonzik-Wang, J. M., Massie, A. B., Zachary, A. A., Montgomery, J. R., & Segev, D. L. (2014). Quantifying the Risk of Incompatible Kidney Transplantation: A Multicenter Study. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 14(7), 1573-1580.

PREDICT: Instituting an Educational Time Out in the Operating Room.
Yang, R. L., Esquivel, M., Erdrich, J., Lau, J., Melcher, M. L., & Wapnir, I. L. (2014). PREDICT: Instituting an Educational Time Out in the Operating Room. Journal of graduate medical education, 6(2), 382-383.

Primary Surgical Resection Versus Liver Transplantation for Transplant-Eligible Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients
Wong, R. J., Wantuck, J., Valenzuela, A., Ahmed, A., Bonham, C., & Nguyen, M. H. (2014). Primary Surgical Resection Versus Liver Transplantation for Transplant-Eligible Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients. DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES, 59(1), 183-191.

Factors Associated With General Surgery Residents' Desire to Leave Residency Programs: A Multi-institutional Study.
Gifford, E., Galante, J., Kaji, A. H., Nguyen, V., Nelson, M. T., & de Virgilio, C. (2014). Factors Associated With General Surgery Residents' Desire to Leave Residency Programs: A Multi-institutional Study. JAMA surgery.

Effect of the 16-Hour Work Limit on General Surgery Intern Operative Case Volume A Multi-institutional Study
Schwartz, S. I., Galante, J., Kaji, A., Dolich, M., Easter, D., & de Virgilio, C. (2013). Effect of the 16-Hour Work Limit on General Surgery Intern Operative Case Volume A Multi-institutional Study. JAMA SURGERY, 148(9), 829-833.

Kidney failure in a transplant from an identical twin.
Lum, E. L., Morton, J. M., & Melcher, M. L. (2013). Kidney failure in a transplant from an identical twin. American journal of kidney diseases , 62(2), xxi-xxiii.

Dynamic Challenges Inhibiting Optimal Adoption of Kidney Paired Donation: Findings of a Consensus Conference
Melcher, M. L., Blosser, C. D., Baxter-Lowe, L. A., Delmonico, F. L., Gentry, S. E., & Feng, S. (2013). Dynamic Challenges Inhibiting Optimal Adoption of Kidney Paired Donation: Findings of a Consensus Conference. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 13(4), 851-860.

The Influence of Intern Home Call on Objectively Measured Perioperative Outcomes
Kastenberg, Z. J., Rhoads, K. F., Melcher, M. L., & Wren, S. M. (2013). The Influence of Intern Home Call on Objectively Measured Perioperative Outcomes. JAMA SURGERY, 148(4), 347-351.

Evaluating Deceased Donor Registries: Identifying Predictive Factors of Donor Designation
Hajhosseini, B., Stewart, B., Tan, J. C., Busque, S., & Melcher, M. L. (2013). Evaluating Deceased Donor Registries: Identifying Predictive Factors of Donor Designation. AMERICAN SURGEON, 79(3), 235-241.

Kidney Transplant Chains Amplify Benefit of Nondirected Donors
Melcher, M. L., Veale, J. L., Javaid, B., Leeser, D. B., Davis, C. L., & Milner, J. E. (2013). Kidney Transplant Chains Amplify Benefit of Nondirected Donors. JAMA SURGERY, 148(2), 165-169.

Desensitization Combined With Paired Exchange Leads to Successful Transplantation in Highly Sensitized Kidney Transplant Recipients: Strategy and Report of Five Cases
Yabu, J. M., Pando, M. J., Busque, S., & Melcher, M. L. (2013). Desensitization Combined With Paired Exchange Leads to Successful Transplantation in Highly Sensitized Kidney Transplant Recipients: Strategy and Report of Five Cases. TRANSPLANTATION PROCEEDINGS, 45(1), 82-87.

Symbiotic or Parasitic? A Review of the Literature on the Impact of Fellowships on Surgical Residents
Plerhoples, T. A., Greco, R. S., Krummel, T. M., & Melcher, M. L. (2012). Symbiotic or Parasitic? A Review of the Literature on the Impact of Fellowships on Surgical Residents. ANNALS OF SURGERY, 256(6), 904-908.

Chain Transplantation: Initial Experience of a Large Multicenter Program
Melcher, M. L., Leeser, D. B., Gritsch, H. A., Milner, J., Kapur, S., & VEALE, J. L. (2012). Chain Transplantation: Initial Experience of a Large Multicenter Program. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 12(9), 2429-2436.

General Surgery Resident Remediation and Attrition A Multi-institutional Study
Yaghoubian, A., Galante, J., Kaji, A., Reeves, M., Melcher, M., & de Virgilio, C. (2012). General Surgery Resident Remediation and Attrition A Multi-institutional Study. ARCHIVES OF SURGERY, 147(9), 829-833.

Incidental kidney stones: a single center experience with kidney donor selection
Kim, I. K., Tan, J. C., Lapasia, J., Elihu, A., Busque, S., & Melcher, M. L. (2012). Incidental kidney stones: a single center experience with kidney donor selection. CLINICAL TRANSPLANTATION, 26(4), 558-563.

Potential Nutritional Conflicts in Bariatric and Renal Transplant Patients
Lightner, A. L., Lau, J., Obayashi, P., Birge, K., & Melcher, M. L. (2011). Potential Nutritional Conflicts in Bariatric and Renal Transplant Patients. OBESITY SURGERY, 21(12), 1965-1970.

Managing Finances of Shipping Living Donor Kidneys for Donor Exchanges
Mast, D. A., Vaughan, W., Busque, S., VEALE, J. L., Roberts, J. P., & Melcher, M. L. (2011). Managing Finances of Shipping Living Donor Kidneys for Donor Exchanges. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 11(9), 1810-1814.

Transporting Live Donor Kidneys for Kidney Paired Donation: Initial National Results
Segev, D. L., VEALE, J. L., Berger, J. C., Hiller, J. M., Hanto, R. L., & Montgomery, R. A. (2011). Transporting Live Donor Kidneys for Kidney Paired Donation: Initial National Results. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 11(2), 356-360.

Sclerosing Peritonitis After Kidney Transplantation: A Not-So-Silky Cocoon
Morrow, E. H., Gallo, A. E., & Melcher, M. L. (2011). Sclerosing Peritonitis After Kidney Transplantation: A Not-So-Silky Cocoon. DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES, 56(2), 307-310.

Donors with Kidney Stones: Should We Pass?
Kim, I. K., Lapasia, J., Elihu, A., Tan, J., Scandling, J., & Melcher, M. (2011). Donors with Kidney Stones: Should We Pass?. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 11, 66-66.

Cytomegalovirus in the transplanted kidney: a report of two cases and review of prophylaxis
Anand S, Yabu JM, Melcher ML, Kambham N, Laszik Z, & Tan JC. (2011). Cytomegalovirus in the transplanted kidney: a report of two cases and review of prophylaxis. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 4(5).

Population Pharmacokinetic Analysis of Mycophenolic Acid Coadministered With Either Tasocitinib (CP-690,550) or Tacrolimus in Adult Renal Allograft Recipients
Lamba, M., Tafti, B., Melcher, M., Chan, G., Krishnaswami, S., & Busque, S. (2010). Population Pharmacokinetic Analysis of Mycophenolic Acid Coadministered With Either Tasocitinib (CP-690,550) or Tacrolimus in Adult Renal Allograft Recipients. THERAPEUTIC DRUG MONITORING, 32(6), 778-781.

Outcomes of surgical repair of bile leaks and strictures after adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant
Melcher, M. L., Freise, C. E., Ascher, N. L., & Roberts, J. P. (2010). Outcomes of surgical repair of bile leaks and strictures after adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant. CLINICAL TRANSPLANTATION, 24(6), E230-E235.

Comparison of biliary complications in adult living-donor liver transplants performed at two busy transplant centers
Melcher, M. L., Pomposelli, J. J., Verbesey, J. E., McTaggart, R. A., Freise, C. E., & Pomfret, E. A. (2010). Comparison of biliary complications in adult living-donor liver transplants performed at two busy transplant centers. CLINICAL TRANSPLANTATION, 24(5), E137-E144.

Predicting Performance on the American Board of Surgery Qualifying and Certifying Examinations A Multi-institutional Study
de Virgilio, C., Yaghoubian, A., Kaji, A., Collins, J. C., Deveney, K., & Waxman, K. (2010). Predicting Performance on the American Board of Surgery Qualifying and Certifying Examinations A Multi-institutional Study. ARCHIVES OF SURGERY, 145(9), 852-856.

Asynchronous, Out-of-Sequence, Transcontinental Chain Kidney Transplantation: A Novel Concept
Butt, F. K., Gritsch, H. A., Schulam, P., Danovitch, G. M., Wilkinson, A., & Veale, J. L. (2009). Asynchronous, Out-of-Sequence, Transcontinental Chain Kidney Transplantation: A Novel Concept. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 9(9), 2180-2185.

Recovery of Renal Function in a Dialysis-Dependent Patient Following Gastric Bypass Surgery
Tafti, B. A., Haghdoost, M., ALVAREZ, L., Curet, M., & Melcher, M. L. (2009). Recovery of Renal Function in a Dialysis-Dependent Patient Following Gastric Bypass Surgery. OBESITY SURGERY, 19(9), 1335-1339.

Postoperative infectious complications of abdominal solid organ transplantation.
Hlava, N., Niemann, C. U., Gropper, M. A., & Melcher, M. L. (2009). Postoperative infectious complications of abdominal solid organ transplantation. Journal of intensive care medicine, 24(1), 3-17.

"Something Special in the Air": Transcontinental Shipments of Living Donor Kidneys for Transplantation.
Veale, J. L., Butt, F. K., Gritsch, H. A., Danovitch, G., Wilkinson, A., & Cecka, J. M. (2009). "Something Special in the Air": Transcontinental Shipments of Living Donor Kidneys for Transplantation. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 9, 435-435.

Overcoming Immunological Barriers to Living Donor Kidney Transplantation At Stanford University Medical Center
Ladner DP, Busque S, & Melcher ML. (2008). Overcoming Immunological Barriers to Living Donor Kidney Transplantation At Stanford University Medical Center. SGH Proceedings, 17(1).

Thymoglobulin-associated Cd4+ T-cell depletion and infection risk in HIV-infected renal transplant recipients
Carter, J. T., Melcher, M. L., Carlson, L. L., Roland, M. E., & Stock, P. G. (2006). Thymoglobulin-associated Cd4+ T-cell depletion and infection risk in HIV-infected renal transplant recipients. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 6(4), 753-760.

Antibody-mediated rejection of a pancreas allograft
Melcher, M. L., Olson, J. L., Baxter-Lowe, L. A., Stock, P. G., & Posselt, A. M. (2006). Antibody-mediated rejection of a pancreas allograft. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TRANSPLANTATION, 6(2), 423-428.

Spontaneous splenic rupture: The masquerade of minor trauma
Tataria, M., Dicker, R. A., Melcher, M., Spain, D. A., & Brundage, S. I. (2005). Spontaneous splenic rupture: The masquerade of minor trauma. JOURNAL OF TRAUMA-INJURY INFECTION AND CRITICAL CARE, 59(5), 1228-1230.

More than 500 consecutive laparoscopic donor nephrectomies without conversion or repeated surgery
Melcher, M. L., Carter, J. T., Posselt, A., Duh, Q. Y., Stoller, M., & Kang, S. M. (2005). More than 500 consecutive laparoscopic donor nephrectomies without conversion or repeated surgery. ARCHIVES OF SURGERY, 140(9), 835-839.

Gastric carcinoid tumors in multiple endocrine neoplasia-1 patients with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome can be symptomatic, demonstrate aggressive growth, and require surgical treatment
NORTON, J. A., Melcher, M. L., Gibril, F., & Jensen, R. T. (2004). Gastric carcinoid tumors in multiple endocrine neoplasia-1 patients with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome can be symptomatic, demonstrate aggressive growth, and require surgical treatment. SURGERY, 136(6), 1267-1273.

A novel technique to treat ruptured umbilical hernias in patients with liver cirrhosis and severe ascites
Melcher, M. L., Lobato, R. L., & Wren, S. M. (2003). A novel technique to treat ruptured umbilical hernias in patients with liver cirrhosis and severe ascites. JOURNAL OF LAPAROENDOSCOPIC & ADVANCED SURGICAL TECHNIQUES-PART A, 13(5), 331-332.

Ileocolic intussusception in an adult
Melcher, M. L., & Safadi, B. (2003). Ileocolic intussusception in an adult. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, 197(3), 518-518.

Identification and characterization of the CLK1 gene product, a novel CaM kinase-like protein kinase from the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Melcher, M. L., & Thorner, J. (1996). Identification and characterization of the CLK1 gene product, a novel CaM kinase-like protein kinase from the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, 271(47), 29958-29968.