URMC Names Chief of Solid Organ Transplant Surgery

Jan. 28, 2009

Mark S. Orloff, M.D., a longtime Rochester transplant surgeon, researcher and educator, has been named chief of the Division of Solid Organ Transplantation at the University of Rochester Medical Center.A professor in the Department of Surgery, Orloff has been a kidney and liver transplant surgeon at URMC for 17 years, since joining the faculty in 1991.

“I am pleased to appoint Dr. Orloff to lead an extraordinary team of health care professionals who have earned a reputation for hard work and a dedication to their transplant patients and their families,” said Jeffrey H. Peters, M.D., Seymour I. Schwartz Professor and chair of the URMC Department of Surgery. “His strong leadership of the clinical and research initiatives will help further support the missions of the Department of Surgery and the Medical Center’s priorities of its Strategic Plan.”

Orloff hails from the West Coast, where he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California - San Diego, and his medical degree at the University of California School of Medicine - Los Angeles. He did his training in general surgery at UCLA, where he stayed on for his fellowship in transplantation. He did an additional fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery at the Hammersmith Hospital in London and the University of Bern in Switzerland. He was an assistant professor of Surgery at UCLA prior to joining the faculty in Rochester in 1991.

Orloff has presented more than 130 research abstracts, published more than 65 journal articles in publications such as the American Journal of Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, and the Journal of Experimental Medicine, and contributed to numerous transplant-related books. He also is an ad hoc reviewer for the American Journal of Transplantation,Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Annals of Surgery and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

He is a member of the Society of University Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Transplantation Society, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Association for Academic Surgery and the Rochester Academy of Medicine, as well as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.