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Sandy Feng, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery
Director, Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program

Contact Information

(415) 353-8725 Academic
sandy.feng@ucsf.edu 
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  • Harvard College, B.A., Chemistry, 1979-82
  • Cambridge University, England, Ph.D., Molecular Biology, 1982-85
  • Stanford University School of Medicine, M.D., 1985-90
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Intern, Surgery, 1990-91
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Resident, Surgery, 1991-94
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Chief Resident, Surgery, 1994-95
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Transplant Surgery, 1996-98
  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Biology, 1986-88
  • The Whitehead Institute, MIT, Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Biology, 1995-96
  • American Board of Surgery, 1996
  • Clinical Fellowship, Division of Transplantation
  • The Liver Center at UCSF
  • Director, Expanded Criteria Donor Kidney Transplant Program, University of California, San Francisco
  • UCSF Hellen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Expanded Criteria Donor Kidney Transplantation
  • Immunosuppression for Liver Transplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Transplantation
  • MELD Allocation and Living Donor Liver Transplantation
  • Pancreas Transplantation
  • Defining the Optimal Immunosuppression for Specific Transplant Settings
  • Expanded Criteria Donors
  • Immunosuppression Withdrawal and Identification of a Profile Predictive of Tolerance
  • Immunosuppression Withdrawal for Stable Pediatric Living Donor Liver Transplant Recipients
  • Improving Long-term Outcomes for Liver Transplant Recipients
  • Novel Immunosuppression Strategies for Liver Transplantation
  • Strategies to Decrease Ischemia Reperfusion Injury to Improve Early Graft Function after Kidney Transplantation

As Professor of Surgery and Director of the Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program at UCSF, Dr. Sandy Feng performs liver, kidney and pancreas transplants and teaches surgical fellows, residents, and medical students. She received a doctorate in molecular biology from Cambridge University with her Marshall Scholarship and earned her medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine. She then completed general surgery residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a transplant fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Feng has numerous leadership roles, including Councilor for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Deputy Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation, former Co-Chair of the Executive Planning Committee for the American Transplant Congress, and current Chair of the Kidney Pancreas Advisory Committee of the American Society of Transplantation. She has been an invited organizer or participant in several national consensus conferences addressing issues critical to the transplantation community.

Dr. Feng's research interest focuses on transplant immunology, with a particular focus on determinants of organ tolerance. She is also investigating novel immunosuppressive regimens and pursuing immunosuppression withdrawal in selected liver transplant recipients. By studying the immune profiles of transplant patients who are successfully weaned from immunosuppressants, she and her group hope to predict prospectively which patients may be good candidates for immunosuppression withdrawal.

Most recent publications from a total of 88
  1. Chandran S, Feng S. Current status of tolerance in kidney transplantation. Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens. 2016 Nov; 25(6):591-601. View in PubMed
  2. Feng S, Demetris AJ, Spain KM, Kanaparthi S, Burrell BE, Ekong UD, Alonso EM, Rosenthal P, Turka LA, Ikle D, Tchao NK. Five-year histological and serological follow-up of operationally tolerant pediatric liver transplant recipients enrolled in WISP-R. Hepatology. 2016 Jun 15. View in PubMed
  3. Wang CW, Feng S, Covinsky KE, Hayssen H, Zhou LQ, Yeh BM, Lai JC. A Comparison of Muscle Function, Mass, and Quality in Liver Transplant Candidates: Results From the Functional Assessment in Liver Transplantation Study. Transplantation. 2016 Jun 1. View in PubMed
  4. Lai JC, Covinsky KE, Hayssen H, Lizaola B, Dodge J, Roberts JP, Terrault NA, Feng S. Response to clinical assessments of health status as a potential marker to identify patients who are too sick to undergo transplantation. Liver Int. 2016 Apr; 36(4):611. View in PubMed
  5. Wisel SA, Parekh JR, Feng S. Critical Incidental Ultrasound Finding in the Postoperative Renal Transplant Patient. Am J Transplant. 2016 Mar; 16(3):1035-7. View in PubMed
  6. Feng S. Spontaneous and induced tolerance for liver transplant recipients. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2016 Feb; 21(1):53-8. View in PubMed
  7. Lai JC, Dodge JL, Sen S, Covinsky K, Feng S. Functional decline in patients with cirrhosis awaiting liver transplantation: Results from the functional assessment in liver transplantation (FrAILT) study. Hepatology. 2016 Feb; 63(2):574-80. View in PubMed
  8. Feng S. Got It! Let's Cool It! But What's Next in Organ Donor Research? Am J Transplant. 2016 Jan; 16(1):5-6. View in PubMed
  9. Wang CW, Covinsky KE, Feng S, Hayssen H, Segev DL, Lai JC. Functional impairment in older liver transplantation candidates: From the functional assessment in liver transplantation study. Liver Transpl. 2015 Dec; 21(12):1465-70. View in PubMed
  10. Feng S, Fairchild RL. On the Road, Looking for Signposts to Tolerance: Making Progress or Spinning Wheels? Am J Transplant. 2015 Nov; 15(11):2793-4. View in PubMed
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