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Karen Pineda-Solis, M.D.

Karen Pineda-Solis, M.D.

Liver Transplant , Surgery

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Appointment (585) 275-5875


Kidney, Pancreas, and Liver Transplant - Rochester

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Rochester, NY 14642

Wilmot Cancer Center - Rochester

Strong Memorial Hospital
90 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642

About Me

“My philosophy is that surgery is not simply a job, it is a mission, a vocation. Surgery demands the total commitment from the surgeon and the patient. When the patient trusts me for an operation, I put all my effort and focus into my patient.”

Areas of Expertise

• Enhanced recovery pa...
“My philosophy is that surgery is not simply a job, it is a mission, a vocation. Surgery demands the total commitment from the surgeon and the patient. When the patient trusts me for an operation, I put all my effort and focus into my patient.”

Areas of Expertise

• Enhanced recovery pathways
• Laparoscopic nephrectomy
• Liver and bile duct surgery
• Liver, kidney, pancreas and multi-organ transplantation
• Living donor kidney transplantation
• Minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery
• Patient-centered care
• Treating bile duct (cholangiocarcinoma), gallbladder and liver cancers, as well as colorectal liver metastasis
• Treating end-stage renal disease
• Treating hepatic cysts, liver cirrhosis, liver failure, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

I found my purpose in life with hepatobiliary surgery and transplantation due to the interesting complexity and the ability to make a profound impact on a patient’s health. Offering someone who is suffering from an end-stage disease a means of extending his or her life is very rewarding and fulfilling.

Transplantation is not about surgery; it is about the people. I love doing surgery to see my patients being able to return to their previous lifestyle in a good state of health. I want to achieve the best outcomes for them that meets their goals, such as being cancer free, no longer requiring dialysis or bringing them back to their previous life before their illness.

My philosophy is that surgery is not simply a job, it is a mission, a vocation. Surgery demands the total commitment from the surgeon and the patient. When the patient trusts me for an operation, I put all my effort and focus into my patient. Above anything else, I am always looking to achieve the perfect surgery tailored to my patient’s requirements.

I have a relentless and curious personality and am always studying to find the newest treatments and surgeries for my patients. I want to offer them the best available treatment possible. My persistence took me to other countries to learn different and novel techniques. For example, I went to France to become skilled in robotic surgery and to Canada to learn a new liver surgery called ALPPS to provide treatment for patients with unresectable tumors. Currently, I am working in research to find ways to deliver better quality of care with Enhancement Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols, among other things. I am also enthusiastic to use new technologies that can improve the recovery and outcomes of my patients – an example is to use minimally invasive surgery in the transplant field.

Certified Specialties

Surgery (General Surgery) - American Board of Surgery

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Surgery, Transplant (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Residency, Internship/Residency, University of Rochester Medical Center. 2018 - 2021

Fellowship, Fellow, University of Western Ontario (Canada). 2013 - 2015

Fellowship, Chru Hospital Rpm Gatien De Clocheville (France). 2012 - 2012

Fellowship, Fellow, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico). 2011 - 2012

Residency, Surgery (General Surgery), Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico). 2006 - 2011

Medical School, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico). 2000 - 2006


2023 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar. 2023 - 2023

Best poster award of the students presentation at the University or Rochester. 2022

Second place in Lawrence Educational Symposium - Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. 2019

First place oral presentation. 2017

Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Travel Fellowship Award. 2017

First Place in the second symposium Virtual Medicine "Robotic adrenalectomy". 2011

First Place in the Oral Exposition.


Journal Articles

Robotic-Assisted Management of Ureteral Complications in Post-Renal Transplant Patients: A Case Series and Literature Review.

McCabe M, Sharma A, Kashyap R, Pineda-Solis K, Nair A, Joseph J, Wu G

Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A.. 2024 May 9 Epub 05/09/2024.

The high incidence of occult carcinoma in total hepatectomy specimens of patients treated for unresectable colorectal liver metastases with liver transplant.

Chávez-Villa M, Ruffolo LI, Al-Judaibi BM, Fujiki M, Hashimoto K, Kallas J, Kwon CHD, Nair A, Orloff MS, Pineda-Solis K, Raj R, Sasaki K, Tomiyama K, Aucejo F, Hernandez-Alejandro R

Annals of surgery.. 2023 January 24 Epub 01/24/2023.

Robotic Assisted Transplant Nephrectomy: Case Series and Training Model for Improving Adoption.

McCabe M, Osinski T, Kashyap R, Taylor J, Schuler N, Shepard L, Ghazi A, Helbig K, Dokus MK, Nair A, Pineda-Solis K, Orloff M, Wu G

JSLS : Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. 2023 27 (1)Epub 1900 01 01.

Inferior Survival Is Associated With Socioeconomic Deprivation in Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Ruffolo LI, Zambrano D, Dale BS, Nimmagadda SV, Hack M, Gaba H, Belt BA, Burchard PR, LanzDuret-Hernandez JM, Dokus MK, Aponte JP, Tomiyama K, Nair A, Pineda-Solis K, Hernandez-Alejandro R

The Journal of surgical research.. 2022 November 279 :228-239. Epub 07/02/2022.

Page phenomenon in a transplanted kidney: is it salvageable?

Cisneros R, Nair A, Kashyap R, Pineda-Solis K

BMJ case reports.. 2022 September 2615 (9)Epub 09/26/2022.

Early postoperative ERAS compliance predicts decreased length of stay and complications following liver resection.

Burchard PR, Dave YA, Loria AP, Parikh NB, Pineda-Solis K, Ruffolo LI, Strawderman M, Schoeniger LO, Galka E, Tomiyama K, Orloff MS, Carpizo DR, Linehan DC, Hernandez-Alejandro R

HPB : the official journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association.. 2022 September 24 (9):1425-1432. Epub 01/25/2022.

Recipient and Donor Outcomes After Living-Donor Liver Transplant for Unresectable Colorectal Liver Metastases.

Hernandez-Alejandro R, Ruffolo LI, Sasaki K, Tomiyama K, Orloff MS, Pineda-Solis K, Nair A, Errigo J, Dokus MK, Cattral M, McGilvray ID, Ghanekar A, Gallinger S, Selzner N, Claasen MPAW, Burkes R, Hashimoto K, Fujiki M, Quintini C, Estfan BN, Kwon CHD, Menon KVN, Aucejo F, Sapisochin G

JAMA surgery.. 2022 June 1157 (6):524-530. Epub 1900 01 01.

Early Prediction of Length of Stay After Pancreaticoduodenectomy.

Pineda-Solis K, Burchard PR, Ruffolo LI, Schoeniger LO, Linehan DC, Moalem J, Galka E

The Journal of surgical research.. 2021 April 260 :499-505. Epub 12/23/2020.

CORM-401 Reduces Ischemia Reperfusion Injury in an Ex Vivo Renal Porcine Model of the Donation After Circulatory Death.

Bhattacharjee RN, Richard-Mohamed M, Sun Q, Haig A, Aboalsamh G, Barrett P, Mayer R, Alhasan I, Pineda-Solis K, Jiang L, Alharbi H, Saha M, Patterson E, Sener A, Cepinskas G, Jevnikar AM, Luke PPW

Transplantation.. 2018 July 102 (7):1066-1074. Epub 1900 01 01.

Retroperitoneal Compartment Syndrome in Renal Transplantation: How to Salvage the Graft?

Pineda-Solís K, Xie WY, McAlister V, Sener A, Luke PP

Urology.. 2017 September 107 :268. Epub 05/19/2017.

Expanding the limits of resectability: Associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS) using monosegment 6, facilitated by an inferior right hepatic vein.

Pineda-Solís K, Paskar D, Tun-Abraham M, Hernandez-Alejandro R

Journal of surgical oncology.. 2017 June 115 (8):959-962. Epub 03/07/2017.

Management of colorectal cancer with synchronous liver metastases: impact of multidisciplinary case conference review.

Wanis KN, Pineda-Solis K, Tun-Abraham ME, Yeoman J, Welch S, Vogt K, Van Koughnett JAM, Ott M, Hernandez-Alejandro R

Hepatobiliary surgery and nutrition.. 2017 June 6 (3):162-169. Epub 1900 01 01.

[Colorectal anastomosis using a compression device].

González-Contreras QH, de Jesús-Mosso M, Bahena-Aponte JA, Aldana-Martínez O, Pineda-Solís K, Mejia-Arcadia SN

Cirugi?a y cirujanos.. 2016 84 (6):482-486. Epub 03/29/2016.

Wading through the noise of "multi-omics" to identify prognostic biomarkers in hepatocellular carcinoma.

Pineda-Solis K, McAlister V

Hepatobiliary surgery and nutrition.. 2015 August 4 (4):293-4. Epub 1900 01 01.

ALPPS: challenging the concept of unresectability--a systematic review.

Bertens KA, Hawel J, Lung K, Buac S, Pineda-Solis K, Hernandez-Alejandro R

International journal of surgery.. 2015 January 13 :280-287. Epub 12/11/2014.

Ligasure results in hemorroidal disease

Gonzalez-Contreras, Q.H.; DeJesus, M.; Bahena-Aponte, J.A.; Snachez, J.C.; Aldana, O.; Pineda-Solis, K.; Herrera Ascencio, E.; Peña-Carrillo, H.; Hernandez, M.V.

Rev Mex de Cir del Aparato Digestivo. 2015; 4.

Can we improve the morbidity and mortality associated with the associating liver partition with portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS) procedure in the management of colorectal liver metastasis?

Hernandez-Alejandro, R.; Bertens, K.A.; Pineda-Solis, K.; Croome, K.P.

Surgery. 2015; 157(2): 194-201.

Early survival and safety of ALPPS: first report of the International ALPPS Registry.

Schadde E, Ardiles V, Robles-Campos R, Malago M, Machado M, Hernandez-Alejandro R, Soubrane O, Schnitzbauer AA, Raptis D, Tschuor C, Petrowsky H, De Santibanes E, Clavien PA,

Annals of surgery.. 2014 November 260 (5):829-36; discussion 836-8. Epub 1900 01 01.

Robotic versus laparoscopic adrenalectomy: a comparative study in a high-volume center.

Pineda-Solís K, Medina-Franco H, Heslin MJ

Surgical endoscopy.. 2013 February 27 (2):599-602. Epub 09/07/2012.

Surgical Management of haemorrhoidal disease using the Small Jaw device

Gonzalez-Contreras, Q.; Bahena-Aponte, J.; Aldana, O.; Pineda-Solis, K.; Herrera-Ascencio, E.

Rev Mex de Cir del Aparato Digestivo. 2013; 2(1).

Left Hemicolectomy with low anterior resection for rectal approach with single port (Single Port) and compression anastomosis (NiTi) First case in México

Gonzalez-Contreras, Q.; Bahena-Aponte, J.; Aldana, O.; Herrera-Ascencio, E.; Ulibarri, M.; Pineda-Solis, K.

Rev Mex de cir del Aparato Digestivo. 2013; 2(1).

Demographic factors, outcomes, and complications in abdominal contouring surgery after massive weight loss in a developing country.

Iglesias M, Ortega-Rojo A, Garcia-Alvarez MN, Vargas-Vorackova F, Gonzalez-Chavez AM, Gonzalez-Chavez MA, Butron P, Pineda-Solis K

Annals of plastic surgery.. 2012 July 69 (1):54-8. Epub 1900 01 01.

Aortic embolism: an unusual clinical manifestation from a large left atrium aneurysm.

Pineda K, Palacios-Macedo A, Rubio-Calva C, Hinojosa CA

Journal of cardiac surgery.. 2009 24 (5):526-8. Epub 1900 01 01.



Chapter: Surgical Management of Major Bile Duct Injury

Authors: Asbun, HJ; Geller, DA; Mercado, Miguel; Pineda, Karen; Garcia, Artemio

Publisher: American College of Surgeons 2014


Chapter: Portal hypertension

Authors: Roesch-Dietlen F; Remes-Troche, JM; Pineda Solis, K

Publisher: Clinical Gastroenterology 2013


Chapter: Pancreas

Authors: Villalobos-Perez, JJ; Valdovinos-Díaz, MA; Olivera- Martinez, MA; Torres-Villalobos, G; Pineda Solis, K.

Publisher: Mendez 2012


Chapter: Portal hypertension

Authors: Campos-Campos, SF; Orozco, H; Mercado, MA; Pineda Solis, K.

Publisher: Manual Moderno 2012


Chapter: Pneumothorax

Authors: Gulias-Herrera, A; Pineda Solis, K.

Publisher: Mc Graw Hill 2011


Chapter: Iatrogenic Intestinal Component associated with bile duct injury

Authors: Mercado-Diaz, M; Pineda Solis, K.

Publisher: Corinter 2010

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