Fady M. Kaldas, MD, FACS
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Fady M. Kaldas, MD, FACS

  • Liver Transplant Surgery
Pfleger Liver Institute | 100 Medical Plaza, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Academic/Professional Titles

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Kelly Lee Tarantello Chair in Liver Transplantation
  • Director, Liver Transplant Service
  • Director, Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship Program
  • Co-Director, Heart-Liver Disease Program

Dr. Kaldas specializes in the surgical management of benign and malignant liver disease including resection of liver tumors, and bile duct cancer, to complex primary and redo adult and pediatric liver transplantation. He co-established the UCLA heart-liver disease program aimed at caring for patients with failing Fontan physiology and other patients needing combined heart-liver transplantation. Dr. Kaldas is Principal Investigator on NIH and non-NIH funded research studies in ischemia reperfusion injury of the liver, liver transplant prognostic modeling, and heart-liver transplantation. In addition to serving as Director of the UCLA Liver Transplant Service, Dr. Kaldas is committed to training the next generation of academic transplant surgeons and serves as Director of the UCLA Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship Program. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He holds positions in national surgical organizations and has been invited to speak on his areas of expertise locally, nationally, and internationally.




Medical Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 2012


Multi-Organ Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2010


Surgery, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, 2008


Surgery, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, 2003


MD, UC Irvine School of Medicine, 2002



West Los Angeles

Pfleger Liver Institute

Liver Transplant Surgery| Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery| Pediatric Liver Transplant Surgery +1 more specialty

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center


Kelly Lee Tarantello Endowed Chair in Integrative Liver Transplantation



  • Ischemia reperfusion injury of the liver
  • Heart-Liver transplantation
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • prognostic modeling in high acuity and complex liver transplantation

In the News

  1. Ask the Expert Interview, “End Stage Liver Disease and Indications for Liver Transplant”. CBS KNX 1070 Newsradio. 13 October 2020. Sonita Health Radio/ Monte Carlo International Radio.
  2. Podcast Commentary, “Managing Liver Function Abnormalities”, JAMA Network, recorded on 18 August 2020.
  3. Expert Opinion on “Proposed Changes to Liver Organ Allocation”, KCUR Radio Station. 5 April 2019.
  4. Quoted in “One Life, Two Donated Organs and $5.7 Million in Bills – A Tale of Superbugs’ Deadly Costs”, Reuters. 18 November 2016: Online.
  5. Quoted in “Transplant Programs on Both Coasts Long for Midwestern Livers”. Bavley, Alan. The Kansas City Star. 25 July 2014: Print.
  6. Expert Response to Reuters Article, “FDA Asks Doctors to Limit Acetaminophen in Combination Drugs”. CBS KNX 1070 Newsradio. 15 January 2014.


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  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • UnitedHealthcare

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  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2024
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2023
  • Kelly Lee Tarantello Inaugural Chair in Liver Transplantation, 2020
  • UCLA Exceptional Physician of the Year Award, 2016
  • UCLA Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Patient Care, 2011
  • Excellence in Teaching and Leadership by a Chief Surgical Resident Award, 2008
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2008
  • David J. Kreis Jr. Award for Excellence in Trauma Surgery, 2007
  • Senior resident of the Year award, 2006
  • ASTS-Roche Surgical Scientist Award, 2005