About Leigh Anne Dageforde, MD, MPH

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Leigh Anne Dageforde, MD, MPH, is a transplant surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. At Mass General, Dr. Dageforde is Surgical Director of Living Kidney Donation and specializes in minimally invasive living kidney donor transplant surgery using both robotic assisted and laparoscopic technology. As a liver transplant surgeon at Mass General Hospital, Dr. Dageforde is also the Surgical Director of Liver Transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she works with both the Mass General and Brigham hepatology teams to bring collaborative care across the two campuses for liver transplant candidates. 

Dr. Dageforde completed her abdominal organ transplant and HPB fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis and her general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received her Medical Degree and Master of Public Health at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 

Her research focuses on using implementation science to improve outcomes for patients after transplantation. She recently served on a committee at the National Academies of Science, Medicine and Engineering to study access to and equity in transplantation. Additionally, she serves on national committees through the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.


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Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-5277
Phone: 617-643-4579

Medical Education

  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Washington University

American Board Certifications

  • Surgery, American Board of Surgery

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Dr. Dageforde's research is focused on improving the care of patients after liver transplantation. Her work addresses a critical gap in care for liver transplant recipients with alcohol use disorder through testing an integrated interventional approach with the potential to improve access, equity, and long-term outcomes for these patients. Her research also includes work on wellness after transplantation with a particular focus on maintaining a healthy weight and addressing fatty liver disease after liver transplantation.

Dr. Dageforde also is committed to promoting the pipeline of future Transplant Surgeons both locally and nationally. She is the Chair of the American Society of Transplant Surgeon?s Pipeline committee working to ensure the future community of diverse and talented transplant surgeons by inspiring both pre-medical and medical trainees to pursue transplant surgery as a career. Additionally, her research group, GRaFT, Group for Research, education and the Future of Transplantation, aims to empower students and trainees who are interested in learning more about the field and future of transplantation and organ donation, and equip them with the skills they need to reach their research and academic goals.

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