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Associate Professor of Surgery Director, Living Donor Liver Transplant Program
Surgical Director and Program Director, Liver Transplant Program

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Talia Baker, MD
Talia Baker, MD, is a hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgeon and a nationally renowned expert in living donor liver transplantation. In addition to transplantation, she provides care for a full spectrum of liver issues, including liver tumors and liver cancer. Dr. Baker works closely with physicians in the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide multidisciplinary approaches to personalized care for hepatobiliary malignancies.

Dr. Baker is an active researcher. Her scholarly work focuses on liver transplant topics, such as downstaging complex hepatobiliary tumors to resectability and the ethical implications of using social media for organ donation opportunities. Dr. Baker was an invited participant at the 2016 White House summit to reduce the organ waiting list and facilitate research breakthroughs.


Areas of Expertise

  • Liver cancer
  • Bile Duct Pathology (Benign & Malignant)
  • Hepatobiliary Malignancies
  • Liver Tumors (Benign & Malignant)
  • Laparoscopic Approaches to Liver Tumors
  • Living Donor Liver Transplant
  • Liver Transplant


Tufts University Medical School

Additional Education

  • Internship: New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Residency: New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Fellowship: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society of Transplantation
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Central Surgical Society
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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To Refer a Patient

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At a Glance

Practicing Since2003

Board Certifications

  • Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • English

UChicago Medicine performs historic back-to-back triple-organ transplants

Two 29-year-old patients from Michigan and Illinois received back-to-back triple-organ transplants to replace their failing hearts, livers and kidneys. The two surgeries lasted more than 17 and 20 hours each. This marked the first time a U.S. hospital has ever performed more than one of these complex procedures within one year, much less within 27 hours.