John Renz, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Director, Liver Transplant Program
John Renz, MD, PhD, is an expert in adult and pediatric abdominal organ transplantation. A member of the multidisciplinary University of Chicago transplant team, he performs all types of liver transplantation, including whole organ, split-liver, and living donor procedures.
Dr. Renz is nationally recognized for his research on donor organs that do not meet the usual conditions for transplantation due to various health concerns. He conducted a study, which found that these organs can still be healthy enough for successful transplantation. As a result, Dr. Renz's "extended-donor criteria" expanded the donor pool, increasing access to liver transplantation for many patients.
Additionally, he has published dozens of articles on the subject of liver transplantation in medical and scientific journals. Dr. Renz serves on the editorial board of Liver Transplantation, and as a reviewer for several medical journals, including the American Journal of Transplantation, Clinical Transplantation and Hepatology.
The University of Chicago Medicine
Center for Advanced Medicine
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
Year Started Practice
Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
Internship, Residency and Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
Additional Graduate Degree
PhD, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Alpha Omega Alpha
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Read More About Dr. Renz
Dr. Renz used "extended-donor criteria" to increase the donor pool for a patient whose disease did not place her high on the liver transplant list.
Dr. Renz was Brenda Garrett’s surgeon when she underwent a lifesaving liver transplant in 2013. Now the UChicago Medicine nurse works with Dr. Renz on the organ transplant team. Read Garrett's story.
View a partial list of Dr. Renz's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.