Fady M. Kaldas, MD, FACS

Fady M. Kaldas, MD, FACS

Liver Transplant Surgery
Primary Location
Pfleger Liver Institute
200 Medical Plaza
Suite 214
Los Angeles, California 90095


Academic/Professional Titles

  • Associate 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 is a native of southern California where he completed his undergraduate studies in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics at UCLA, and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He then moved to New York where he completed his surgical residency training at SUNY Stony Brook Department of Surgery before returning to UCLA to complete his multi-organ transplant fellowship training under the mentorship of Dr. Ronald W. Busuttil at the Dumont-UCLA transplant center. Dr. Kaldas 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. Dr. Kaldas specializes in the surgical management of benign and malignant liver disease including liver resection for tumors such as liver cancer, bile duct cancer, and metastatic colon cancer to complex adult and pediatric liver transplantation. Dr. Kaldas co-established the UCLA heart-liver disease program aimed at caring for patients with failing fontan physioogy and other pateints needing combined heart-liver transplantation. He has funded research studies in ischemia reperfusion injury of the liver, liver transplant prognostic modeling, and heart-liver transplantation.


Arabic, English


Medical Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 2012


UCLA School of Medicine, 2010


SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, 2008


SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, 2003


UC Irvine College of Medicine, MD, 2002


  • 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
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West Los Angeles

Pfleger Liver Institute

Liver Transplant Surgery| Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery| Pediatric Liver Transplant Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA 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.


  • 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