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UC Davis Transplant Center

John P. McVicar, M.D. View profile as PDF

John P. McVicar

Philosophy of Care

Dr. McVicar is a very experienced transplant surgeon, active in the field since 1990. He brings a compassionate, patient focused approach to his specialty, and his attention to detail results in outstanding patient outcomes. His current clinical practice includes kidney and pancreas transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery, and dialysis access surgery.

Clinical Interests

John P. McVicar has extensive training as a liver transplant surgeon. He has performed more than 400 solid organ operations, including kidney and kidney-pancreas transplantation. He also performs dialysis access procedures. McVicar's research focuses on immunosuppressive therapy, prevention of infections, management of patients with hepatitis C, and treatment of postoperative biliary problems.





Transplant Surgery


UC Davis Transplant Center

Center/Program Affiliation:


UC Davis Medical Center
Cypress Building, Transplant Surgery
2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2111

Additional Phone:

Clinic Phone: 916-734-2111
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, 1981
B.A., Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1978


University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1982-85


University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1985-88


University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1988-90

Board Certifications:

American Board of Surgery, 1989
American Board of Surgery - Recertification, 2009

Professional Memberships:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons
International Liver Transplant Society
Pacific Coast Surgical Association
Sacramento Surgical Society
Seattle Transplant Society
Western Association of Transplant Surgeons

Select Honors and Awards:

American Liver Foundation Recipient of "Local" Legend" Award, 1999

Select Recent Publications:

Troppmann, c., Daily, M.F.; McVicar, J.P.; Perez, R.V.: Hypothermic pulsatile perfusion of small pediatric en bloc kidneys: Technical aspects and outcomes. Transplantation, 88 (2) 289-290. 2009

Fitzgerald, J.T.; Schanzer, A.; McVicar, J.P.; Chin, A.I.; Perez, R.Y.; Troppmann, C.: Upper arm arteriovenous fistula versus forearm looped arteriovenous graft for hemodialysis access: A comparative analysis. Annals of Vascular Surgery 19:843-850. 2005

Rossaro, L.; Troppmann, c. McVicar, J.P.; Sturges, M.; Fisher, K.; Meyers, F.J.: A strategy for the simultaneous provision of pre-operative palliative care for patients awaiting liver transplantation. Transplant International 17:473-475. 2004

Fitzgerald, J.T., Schanzer, A., Chin, A., McVicar, J.P., Perez, R.V., Troppmann, C. Outcomes of upper arm arteriovenous fistulas for maintenance hemodialysis access. Archives of Surgery 139:201-208. 2004.

To see if John P. McVicar is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).