The Division of Transplantation in the Department of Surgery has been an academic leader in organ transplantation for over 50 years and is a major part of one of the oldest and most successful transplant centers in the world. Since the 1960s, when the first successful kidney transplants in Minnesota were done at the University Hospitals, our transplant program has completed more than 13,000 organ transplants and has restored thousands of patients to health through this gift of life. Our program is one of the largest and most experienced in the country, and we have an extraordinary legacy of excellence in patient care, surgical outcomes, research and training. We've performed many "world's first" transplants, including intestinal, allo-islet cell, and pancreas—plus many more "firsts" in the state, making the University of Minnesota a preferred destination for transplant care.

Our Mission:

  1. Deliver extraodinary care to patients with end stage organ failure and to save lives through organ transplantation
  2. Continue to train future leaders in the field of transplant surgery
  3. Advance the knowledge of transplantation around the world through scholarship and research

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Professor and Chief:
Andrew Adams, MD 

Associate Professor: 
Assistant Professor:
Karthik Ramanathan, MD
Emeritus Professor:
William D. Payne, MD


The Division of Organ Transplantation provides outstanding care, continues developing new techniques that improve organ transplantation results, and trains students, residents, and fellows in the vital surgical field of transplantation. Please visit our fellowship webpage for more details about our two-year, ASTS-accredited Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship training program.

Administrative Staff

Steph Taylor

Stephanie Taylor

Transplant Division Administrator

612-625-5151 |

Major Responsibilities:

  • Supervision and development of administrative staff
  • Support the clinical services & lead the administrative & operational functions for the Transplantation Division
  • Serve as project manager on the admin core for the U19AI174966 “Advancing Transplant Tolerance in Nonhuman Primates”

Primary Contact for: Dr. Andrew Adams (Division Chair)

About: Stephanie has worked in the Transplantation Division for 7 years. She lives in South Minneapolis with her partner & her Great Dane, Pearl. She enjoys spending time outdoors and staying busy in our beautiful Twin Cities. 

Carly Ryan

Carly Ryan

Program/Project Specialist

612-625-5609 |

Major Responsibilities:

  • Planning, organizing and conducting the weekly 'transplant conference'
  • Manage and update clinic/call schedules
  • Responsible for Qgenda updates
  • Leading special events and conferences

Primary Contact for: Dr. Karthik Ramanathan, Dr. Timothy Pruett, Dr. Raja Kandaswamy, & Dr. Arthur Matas

About: Carly has worked in the Transplantation Division for 1 year. She is a recent graduate of Grand Canyon University, who enjoys exploring the city, cooking new foods, and loves to spoil her dog, Cody.

Hser Htoo

Hser Htoo

Program/Project Specialist

612-626-5182 |

Primary Contact for: Dr. Srinath Chinnakotla, Dr. Erik Finger, & Dr. Vanessa Humphreville

About: Hser Htoo graduated from Gustavus Adolphus in 2020 with a Bachelors in Psychology Science & Sociology. She is interested in pursuing a career in administrative management. Hser enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as reading, crocheting, and walking her dog, Olive.


Phone: 612-625-5151
Fax: 612-624-7168

Mailing Address
University of Minnesota
Division of Transplant Surgery
420 Delaware St. SE, MMC 195
Minneapolis, MN 55455


The Department of Surgery Extends its Leadership in Pancreas and Islet Transplantation

The Department of Surgery was well-represented at The International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association (IPITA) Joint Congress in San Diego, CA, from October 26 to 29, 2023.