Srinath Chinnakotla, MD

Professor, Department of Surgery

Srinath Chinnakotla

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-3373

Fax 612-624-7168

Office Address:
Department of Surgery
420 Delaware Street SE
Mayo Mail Code 195
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Ellen Florek

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Professor, Department of Surgery

Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation, Department of Surgery

Executive Medical Director, Pediatric Abdominal Transplantation, Department of Surgery

Pediatric Transplant Surgeon

M.B;B.S., Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research, India

Residency, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (Surgery) Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

Fellowship, Transplant Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

M.B.A., University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis


Dr. Srinath Chinnakotla, MD, M.Ch (Surgery), FACS, MBA, is a Professor of Surgery, Transplant Surgeon and General Surgeon at the University of Minnesota. He performs both Adult and Pediatric Transplants. He currently serves as Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation and Executive Medical Director of Pediatric Transplantation at the University of Minnesota M Health Associated Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Chinnakotla is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Chinnakotla is also a ASTS certified transplant surgeon, who graduated from Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research in 1990 and did his initial surgical training in India before relocating to the United States for a multi-organ Transplant Surgery Fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Dr. Chinnakotla spent 10 years as staff transplant surgeon at Baylor University Medical Center, a busy Liver Transplant Program where he established himself with expertise in Liver Transplantation and served as Assistant Director of Adult Transplant Surgery 2004-2010. He started the Intestinal Transplant Program at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, where he performed the first pediatric intestinal/multivisceral transplant in Texas. He also served as Surgical Director of Pediatric Liver and Intestinal Transplantation at Children’s Medical Center from 2007-2010. Dr. Chinnakotla has over 20 years of experience as a staff transplant surgeon and has performed over 1,200 abdominal organ transplants, including 900+ liver transplants, in both adults and children. His special interests include liver transplantation, pediatric transplantation, complex and high-risk liver transplants, Complex Hepatobiliary Surgery, liver surgery, kidney transplants, auto-islet transplants and multi-organ transplants.

Dr. Chinnakotla has published more than 145 peer reviewed articles as well as a number of book chapters and review articles. He is a reviewer for several scientific journals. He has given presentations on a wide range of transplant surgery topics nationally. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of OPTN/UNOS, member liver/intestine committee and as Councilor of Region 7 UNOS and representative for the Pediatric Committee. He was listed on St. Paul Minneapolis Best Doctors in 2012, 2021. Dr. Chinnakotla is an elected member of the prestigious American Surgical Association.

On a personal note, he enjoys most being with his children and family. His hobbies include boating, fishing and complaining about Minnesota winters.


  • Transplants
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Kidney Disease

Awards & Recognition

  • Minnesota Monthly "Top Doctor": 2021, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014
  • Mpls St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor": 2021, 2020, 2019, 2012
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Doctor: 2012
  • Castle Connolly Top Docs List: 2012
  • America's Top Surgeons List: 2008

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Member, International Pediatric Transplant Association
  • Member, The Transplantation Society



  • Chinnakotla S, Klintmalm GB, Kim P, Tomiyama K, Klintmalm E, Davis GL, Trotter JF, Saad R, Landaverde C, Levy MF, Goldstein RM, Stone MJ. Long-term follow-up of liver transplantation for budd-Chiari syndrome with antithrombotic therapy based on the etiology. Transplantation. 2011 Aug 15; 92(3): 341-5.
  • Chinnakotla S, Smith DM, Domiati-Saad R, Agura ED, Watkins DL, Netto G, Uemura T, Sanchez EQ, Levy MF, Klintmalm GB. Acute graft-versus-host disease after liver transplantation: role of withdrawal of immunosuppression in therapeutic management. Liver Transplant 2007;13(1):157-61.
  • Chinnakotla S, Davis GL, Vasani S, Kim P, Tomiyama K, Sanchez E, Onaca N, Goldstein R, Levy M, Klintmalm GM. Impact of sirolimus on the recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma after liver transplantation . Liver Transplantation 15:1834-42, 2009
  • Anderson RD, Chinnakotla S, Guo L, Perrillo RP, Klintmalm GB, Davis GL. Intramuscular hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) and nucleosides for prevention of recurrent hepatitis B following liver transplantation: comparison with other HBIG regimens. Clin Transplant 2007;21(4):510-7.
  • Ashfaq M, Chinnakotla S, Rogers L, Ausloos K, Saadeh S, Klintmalm GB, Ramsay M, Davis GL. The impact of treatment of portopulmonary hypertension on survival following liver transplantation. Am J Transplant 2007;7(5):1258-64.



  • Pediatric liver transplantation
  • Pediatric kidney transplantation
  • Pediatric intestinal transplantation
  • Adult liver/kidney/pancreas transplantation
  • Portal hypertension surgery
  • Liver tumors

Board Certifications

General Surgery
Transplant Surgery

Clinical Interests

Adult liver/kidney/Transplant Surgeryation; Liver transplantation (split livers, high surgical risk patients); Liver tumors; Multi-organ transplantation; Pediatric intestinal transplantation; Pediatric kidney transplantation; Pediatric liver transplantation; Portal hypertension surgery