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Roberto Hernandez Alejandro, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5875

Administrative: (585) 273-3881

Fax: (585) 271-7929

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Cancer, Organ Transplant, Surgery


Professional Background

Dr. Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro has been Chief of the Division of Transplantation at the University of Rochester since August 2016. Here, he’s demonstrated his ability to grow a program, leading his team to double the number of organ transplants with the best outcomes in the program’s history. Under his leadership, URMC restarted live donor liver transplants, performing 60 operations over 5 years. He also expanded opportunities for transplant through increased use of donation after cardiac death organs. Dr. Hernandez recently opened a program on liver transplantation for unresectable colorectal liver metastases, currently the leading center in volume and outcomes in North America. He also has expertise in liver resections, and is one of a handful of US surgeons performing the ALPPS procedure.

Dr. Hernandez has received multiple grants for innovative research in liver cancer and regeneration and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of HPB and liver transplantation. In 2019, he joined the editorial board of Annals of Surgery, the highest impact factor surgical journal. Dr. Hernandez-Alejandro has positions in many societies, including the Scientific Committee of the ALPPS Registry, Chair of the ILTS Education Committee, Chair of the Scientific Program for the American Transplant Conference and President of the New York Liver Transplant Consortium. Dr. Hernandez is a member of the American Surgical Association, the oldest and must prestigious Surgical Society in North America.



MD | Universidad de La Salle (Mexico)
Surgery (General Surgery)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2006 - 06/30/2008
Fellowship in Transplant Surgery at University Hospital (Canada)

08/01/2003 - 07/31/2005
Fellowship in Transplant Surgery at Foothills Medical Center, University of Calgary (Canada)

03/01/1997 - 02/28/2001
Residency in Surgery (General Surgery) at Mexican Institute of Social Security

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REAL Advancing in Liver Transplantation Award
Sponsor: International Liver Transplantation Society

Latin American Leadership Award
Sponsor: Government of Ontario
Location: London North Center

Excellence in Academics
Sponsor: Department of Oncology, Western University
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

President's Award for Innovation
Sponsor: London Health Science Center
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Mentor for Rising Star Award
Sponsor: International Liver Transplantation Society
Location: Sydney, Austraila

Best Clinical Abstract at CST 2013
Sponsor: Clinical Society of Transplantation
Location: Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Clinical Abstract Award Winner
Sponsor: Clinical Society of Transplantation
Location: Quebec City, QC, Canada

Resident Mentor Award
Sponsor: Western University
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

2010 - 2011
USC Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Clerkship Teacher of the Year Award
Sponsor: Department of Surgery, Western University
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Distinguished Fellow for Outstanding Research in the Field of Transplantation
Sponsor: American Society of Transplantation
Location: SanDiego, CA, USA

Rising Star Award
Sponsor: 2008 Joint International Congress
Location: Paris, France

Clinical Abstract Award Winner
Sponsor: Clinical Society of Transplantation
Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada

Clinical Abstract Award Winner
Sponsor: Canadian Society of Transplantation
Location: Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

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Journal Articles

Wehrle CJ, Fujiki M, Schlegel A, Whitsett Linganna M, Pita A, Kim JK, Kwon DCH, Miller C, Hashimoto K, Dueland S, Sasaki K, Sapisochin G, Line PD, Hernandez-Alejandro R, Aucejo F. "Update to 'A Contemporary Systematic Review on Liver Transplantation for Unresectable Liver Metastasis of Colorectal Cancer'." Annals of surgical oncology.. 2023 Nov 23; Epub 2023 Nov 23.

Hernandez-Alejandro R, Chávez-Villa M, Line PD, Sapisochin G. "Festina lente - to advance we need to make haste slowly. Living Donor Liver Transplant for Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastases." American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.. 2023 Sep 26; Epub 2023 Sep 26.

Ivanics T, Claasen MP, Samstein B, Emond JC, Fox AN, Pomfret E, Pomposelli J, Tabrizian P, Florman SS, Mehta N, Roberts JP, Emamaullee JA, Genyk Y, Hernandez-Alejandro R, Tomiyama K, Sasaki K, Quintini C, Nagai S, Abouljoud M, Olthoff KM, Hoteit MA, Heimbach J, Taner T, Liapakis AH, Mulligan DC, Sapisochin G, Halazun KJ. "Living Donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT) for Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) within and Outside Traditional Selection Criteria: A Multicentric North American Experience." Annals of surgery.. 2023 Jul 31; Epub 2023 Jul 31.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: The RAPID concept: Pushing the boundary in resectability in Liver Transplantation Oncology
Book Title: Liver Transplantation: Operative Techniques and Medical Management
Author List: Ruffolo, L; Bao Tram, N; Linehan, D; Tomiyama, K; Hernandez-Alejandro, R.
Edited By: Ernesto Pompeo Molmenti, Eduardo de Santibanes, Martin de Santibañes
Published By: McGraw Hill 2020

Book Title: Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary and Transplant Surgery – Practical Management of Dilemmas
Author List: Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro
Published By: Beaux Books Publishing 2019

Author List: Carlos García-Ochoa; Roberto Hernández-Alejandro
Published By: CE-IHPBA 2019



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