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Parsia A. Vagefi, MD

  • Phone: 617-726-6631
Transplant Surgery
Department of Surgery


  • Cancer Center
  • Liver Cancer
  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Transplantation
  • Transplant Center
  • Pancreas/Islet Transplant
  • Pediatric Transplant Surgery
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Liver Transplant
Clinical Interests
Adult and Pediatric Liver Transplantation
Adult and Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
Pancreas transplantation
Living Donor Liver and Kidney Transplantation
Split Liver Transplantation
Hepatocellular carcinoma
Dialysis access management
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Yale University School of Medicine
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco
Board Certifications
Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Vagefi graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University, followed by medical school at Yale. During medical school, Dr. Vagefi was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow at the Transplantation Biology Research Center with Dr. David H. Sachs. This work led to Dr. Vagefi being awarded the Young Investigator Award from the American Transplant Congress. Dr. Vagefi completed his general surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by an abdominal transplant surgery fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco where he received the ASTS Novartis Fellowship in Transplantation Award. Dr. Vagefi adds clinical expertise in adult and pediatric liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation, split-liver and living donor transplantation, laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, dialysis access, and hepatobiliary surgery. Dr. Vagefi's research lab is at the Transplantation Biology Research Center


Dr. Vagefi's research focus is to establish a clinically relevant large animal model of pig-to-baboon liver xenotransplantation, with a specific interest in donor organ pre-conditioning to facilitate tolerance induction.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Select Publications

  Vagefi PA, etal. The use of living donor liver transplantation varies with the availability of deceased donor liver transplantation. LiverTranspl. October 2011

  Vagefi PA, et al. Outcomeswith Split Liver Transplantation in 106 recipients: The University of California, San Francisco Experience from 1993 to 2010. Arch of Surgery, September 2011.

  Vagefi PA, et al. EvolvingPatterns in the Detection and Outcomes of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Neoplasms(PNENs): The Massachusetts General Hospital Experience from 1977-2005. Arch of Surgery, April 2007

  Vagefi PA, et al. Role of the thymus in transplantation tolerance in miniature swine. IV. Thethymus is required during the induction phase, but not the maintenance phase,of renal allograft tolerance. Transplantation, April 2004.

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