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UChicago Faculty Physicians

Rolf Barth, MD

Professor of Surgery Chief, Section of Transplant Surgery
Co-Director, Transplant Institute
Director, Liver, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation

Rolf Barth, MD, is an expert surgeon specializing in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation, with a focus on living donor kidney and living donor liver transplants. Dr. Barth is committed to finding innovative treatment options for liver, kidney and pancreatic disease with the goal of improving outcomes and overall quality of life for his patients. His skill, experience and unwavering dedication to enhancing care for organ transplantation allowed Dr. Barth to pioneer minimally invasive surgery for living kidney donation. He also performed the first scarless single-port laparoscopic donor nephrectomies (kidney removal), and has gone on to successfully complete this procedure over 500 times.

Dr. Barth is an avid researcher, with interests that span both clinical and basic research. His research laboratory has evaluated novel immunosuppressive therapies, immunologic tolerance and the use of genetically engineered animal organs for human transplantation (xenotransplantation). Dr. Barth also investigated transplant tolerance and pre-clinical models of composite facial and limb transplantation, toward the clinical goal of reconstructive transplantation.

His research has been published in highly respected, peer-reviewed journals, including Annals of Surgery, American Journal of Transplantation, Lancet, and many others.

Board Certifications

  • Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society of Transplantation
  • International Liver Transplantation Society
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Transplantation Society
  • Society of Clinical Surgery

Practicing Since

  • 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Duke University School of Medicine


  • Duke University Medical Center


  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics; Massachusetts General Hospital

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Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy at UChicago Medicine

Dr. Rolf Barth explains a minimally invasive kidney donor transplant surgery that leaves a small scar in the belly button.

single port nephrectomy
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