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UC Davis Transplant Center

Christoph Troppmann, M.D. View profile as PDF

Christoph  Troppmann

Clinical Interests

Christoph Troppmann has expertise in pancreas, kidney and intestinal transplantation. His clinical interests also include use of living organ donors, including the application of laparoscopic surgical techniques; pancreas transplantation for improved quality of life in addition to prevention and treatment of secondary complications in people who have insulin-dependent Type I diabetics; and surgical interventions in patients with end-stage organ failure. Troppmann is conducting research in pharmacologic and immunomodulatory treatment protocols to decrease rejection, and the impact of the quality of early post-transplant graft function as well as of acute and chronic rejection on long-term outcomes. He is fluent in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish.


Professor In Residence



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
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Phone: 916-734-2111

Additional Phone:

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

Other Languages:

Dutch, French, German, Spanish


M.D., Rhenish-Westphalian University of Aachen College of Medicine, Aachen, Germany, 1984
M.S., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1995


Rhenish-Westphalian University of Aachen, College of Medicine, Aachen, Germany, 1984-85


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1987-92


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1992-96

Board Certifications:

American Board of Surgery, 1994
American Board of Surgery, 2004

Professional Memberships:

American College of Surgeons
American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS)
American Society of Transplantation (AST)
Association for Academic Surgery (AAS)
European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT)
International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS)
International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association (IPITA)
Pacific Coast Surgical Association
Society of University Surgeons
The Transplantation Society
Western Surgical Association (WSA)

Select Recent Publications:

Troppmann, C.; Pirenne, J.; Perez, R.V.; Gruessner, R.W.G.: The unrecognized posterior gastric artery: A potential cause of surgical complications in pancreas transplantation. Clinical Transplantation 18:214-218, 2004.

Chin, A.I.; Chang, W.; Fitzgerald, J.T.; Schanzer, A.; Perez, R.V.; McVicar, J.P.; Troppmann, C.: Intra-access blood flow and dialysis adequacy in patients with newly created upper arm arteriovenous native fistulae for chronic hemodialysis access. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 2004.

Fitzgerald, J.T.; Demos, S.G.; Michalopoulou, A.; Pierce, J.L.; Troppmann, C.: Assessment of renal ischemia by optical spectroscopy. Journal of Surgical Research, 2004.

Michalopoulou, A.; Fitzgerald, J.T.; Troppmann, C.; Demos, S.G.: Spectroscopic imaging for detection of ischemic injury in rat kidneys using changes in intrinsic optical properties. Applied Optics, 2004.

Troppmann, C.; Gjertson, D.W.; Cecka, J.M.; McVicar, J.P.; Perez, R.V.: Impact of portal venous pancreas graft drainage on kidney graft outcome in pancreas-kidney recipients reported to UNOS. American Journal of Transplantation 4:544-553, 2004.

Troppmann, C.; McBride, M.A.; Baker, T.J.; Perez, R.V.: Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy: A risk factor for delayed function and rejection in pediatric kidney recipients? A UNOS analysis. American Journal of Transplantation, 2004.

Troppmann, C.; Ormond, D.B.; Perez, R.V.: Laparoscopic (vs. open) live donor nephrectomy: A UNOS database analysis of early graft function and survival. American Journal of Transplantation 3:1295-1301, 2003.

Troppmann, C.; Perez, R.V.: Rhabdomyolysis associated with laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy and concomitant surgery: A note of caution. American Journal of Transplantation 3:1457-1458, 2003.

Troppmann, C.; Pierce, J.L.; Gandhi, M.M.; Gallay, B.J.; McVicar, J.P.; Perez, R.V.: Higher surgical wound complication rates with sirolimus immunosuppression after kidney transplantation: A matched-pair pilot study. Transplantation 76:426-429, 2003.

Troppmann, C.; Pierce, J.L.; Wiesmann, K.M.; Butani, L.; Makker, S.P.; McVicar, J.P.; Wolfe, B.M.; Perez, R.V.: Early and late recipient graft function and donor outcome after laparoscopic vs open adult live donor nephrectomy for pediatric renal transplantation. Archives of Surgery 137:908-916, 2002.

Troppmann, C.; Wiesmann, K.; McVicar, J.P.; Wolfe, B.M.; Perez, R.V.: Increased transplantation of kidneys with multiple renal arteries in the laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy era: Surgical technique and surgical and non-surgical donor and recipient outcomes. Archives of Surgery 136:897-907, 2001.

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