About Leigh Anne Dageforde, MD, MPH

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Leigh Anne Dageforde, MD, MPH is an abdominal organ transplant (liver, kidney, pancreas) at Massachusetts General Hospital who specializes in the care of patients with end stage kidney and liver disease needing organ transplantation, living kidney donors, pancreas transplant patients, and dialysis vascular access.

Dr. Dageforde attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  She completed her fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplantation and HPB surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation, her clinical interests also include living kidney donation and vascular access.

Dr. Dageforde completed her Master of Public Health degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with a focus on research in improving access to transplantation.  She has also served on national committees in both the Association of Academic Surgery and the AHPBA. Most recently she was appointed to serve on the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Pipeline Taskforce focusing on the development of the rising surgical workforce in transplant surgery with a focus on mentorship of medical students and residents.  At Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Dageforde is involved in fellow, resident and student education.

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Hepatobiliary and Liver Cancer Surgery
55 Fruit Street
White 5
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-3730
Phone: 617-643-4533
Fax: 617-643-4579

Transplant Outpatient Center
165 Cambridge St
Suite 301
Boston, MA 02114-2751
Phone: 617-726-5277
Fax: 617-643-4579

Medical Education

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

American Board Certifications

  • Surgery, American Board of Surgery

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Dr. Dageforde's research is focused on improving access to organ transplantation for all patients.  Her health services research focuses on addressing discrepancies in organ transplantation: both accessibility of transplant to all patients as well as participation in organ donation. She has also studied the role of a very active local organ procurement organization on increasing enrollment in first-person authorization registry for organ donation and increasing organ donors while decreasing resource utilization.

Dr. Dageforde completed her Master of Public Health degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  She was awarded the 2013 AAS Research Fellowship Award from The Association for Academic Surgery and The Association for Academic Surgery Foundation to pursue mentored research training and scientific publications in the area of health literacy in transplantation focusing on access to organ transplantation.  Additionally, she was awarded the Alfred Blalock Surgical Resident Award for the Most Outstanding Research Contributions in the Section of Surgical Sciences during her residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.