Transplantation Surgery

We offer the world’s biggest islet transplantation program, are ranked sixth globally for academic impact transplantation, and lead nationally and internationally in many areas of research, clinical work and facilities. We offer the broadest range of transplant procedures in Canada.


The Division of Transplantation has been a leader in clinical trials of antirejection therapies in solid organ transplant and in the genomics of transplantation. Accomplishments have included developing the antirejection drug, rapamycin, for immunosuppression in liver transplant patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. The division also leads efforts to develop improved criteria for selecting appropriate patients with hepatocellular carcinoma for liver transplantation, as well as in development and evaluation of therapy for hepatitis C and B.

The cardiothoracic transplant group is a leader in the development of ex-vivo perfusion systems. The islet transplant program continues to be the world's busiest and a leader in pushing the frontiers of tissue engineering.


The division offers the broadest range of transplant procedures in Canada, including kidneys, heart, lung, liver, simultaneous kidney-pancreas, whole pancreas, intestinal, multivisceral, and islet transplantation. Clinical volumes are second in Canada for liver and lung transplant programs as well as for overall volumes. We provide all heart, lung, liver, intestinal, and islet transplants for Alberta and the Prairie Provinces, as well as pediatric liver transplants for British Colombia through our activities at the University of Alberta Hospital, Stollery Children’s Hospital, and Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, which have state-of-the-art surgical equipment, including brand new and hybrid operating rooms. Graduate research studies are complemented by: fellowship-level training in liver, pancreas, kidney (all three are American Society of Transplant Surgeons accredited programs), and heart, lung, and islet transplantation.

Facilities and Technology

Divisional members work and teach in world-class facilities including our three hospital bases: the Ray Rajotte Surgical Medical Research Institute, Alberta Diabetes Institute, and the Li Ka Shing Center for Health Research Innovation, which also houses our GMP level Tissue and Cell Engineering facility.

The University of Alberta is ranked sixth globally for transplantation research.

Contact Us

Office: (780) 407-6168
Campus Address: 2D4.44 Walter C MacKenzie Health Sciences Centre