Meet the Liver & HPB Team 
 
 
 
 

Transplant Surgeons

The transplant surgeon performs the actual transplantation procedure and monitors the patient’s medication before, during and after surgery. The surgeon assesses the quality of the donor’s liver before surgery and monitors the patient’s general health and liver status following transplantation.

 

David J. Reich, M.D., FACS

  • Chief, Divsion of Multi-Organ Transplantation and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery, Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine
Dr. Reich is an internationally recognized leader in organ transplantation.  He specializes in complex liver surgery, treatments for liver tumors, transplantation of high-risk patients, safe use of extended criteria donor organs and long-term healthcare following transplantation.  Dr. Reich Serves in numerous national leadership roles, including as chair of the Standards on Organ Transplantation Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.  Dr. Reich is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He is a Philadelphia Magazine 2010 "Top Doc".

 

Gary Xiao, M.D., FACS

  • Surgeon, Division of Multi-Organ Transplantation and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery, Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine

Dr. Xiao specializes in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary surgery. He is highly experienced in laparoscopic and open liver resection, liver tumor ablation and pancreatic surgery and resection. Dr. Xiao is a United Network for Organ Sharing certified primary living donor liver transplant surgeon and laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy surgeon.

He is an American Society of Transplant Surgeons certified liver, kidney and pancreas transplant surgeon. Dr. Xiao is also certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

 

Stephen R. Guy, M.D., FACS 

  • Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program, Division of Multi-Organ Transplantation and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery, Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine

Dr. Guy is a kidney, pancreas and liver transplant surgeon with over fifteen years experience specializing in multi-organ transplantation. He was instrumental in developing laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy for kidney transplantation, a minimally invasive surgery for individuals donating a kidney. Dr. Guy is also experienced in transplantation of high-risk patients, long-term healthcare following transplantation and in pancreas, liver and laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Guy is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

 

Transplant Hepatologist

The transplant hepatologist, or liver specialist, monitors all non-surgical aspects of patient care. This includes performing examinations, assessing test results and adjusting medication as needed.

 

Kenneth D. Rothstein, M.D.

  • Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Hahnemann University Hospital 
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine 

Dr. Rothstein is renowned in the field of hepatology, with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Rothstein is highly experienced in treating complications of cirrhosis, including ascites, variceal bleeding, hepatic encephalopathy and hepatocellular carcinoma. He is also an expert on new treatments for Hepatitis B and C, and on long-term healthcare following transplantation.

Dr. Rothstein is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Transplant Hepatology, Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.

 


Santiago J. Munoz, M.D. 

  • Chief of Hepatology and the Liver Failure Unit
  • Distinguished Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine
Dr. Munoz has been practicing hepatology in the Philadelphia area for nearly three decades. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant liver diseases and has a focus on liver failure patients. Before coming to Hahnemann, Dr. Munoz developed and led several liver transplant programs in the Philadelphia area. In addition to being certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Munoz is certified by the Subspecialty Board of Gastroenterology. He is also frequently named among Philadelphia magazine’s annual list of Top Doctors.

                               

Vishal Patel, M.D.

  • Assistant Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program at Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine
Dr. Patel specializes in cirrhosis and complications of portal hypertension, care of pre and post liver transplant patients, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), viral and autoimmune hepatitis, obesity, and fatty liver disease. In addition to being certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Patel is also board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. This certification arose from his interest in fatty liver disease which is largely due to the metabolic syndrome and obesity.

 

                               

Andrés R. Riera, M.D.

  • Hepatologist, Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine
Dr. Riera’s focus is on the treatment of advanced liver disease and its complications, with a particular interest in hepatocellular carcinoma. He has participated in numerous scientific research studies specific to advancements in treating end stage liver disease. Dr. Riera completed his medical degree at the J.M. Vargas School of Medicine at the Central University of Venezuela and his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hepatology at Hahnemann University Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and fluent in Spanish and English.

Preparing for Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary and Therapeutic Endoscopist 

The therapeutic endoscopist evaluates and treats disorders of the bile ducts and pancreas that may arise before and after liver transplantation.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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