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Roberto Gedaly, MD, FACS

Director, UK Transplant Center
Roberto Gedaly, MD, FACS
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  • Kidney Transplant Team - Pediatric
  • Liver Cancer Team
  • Pancreas Cancer Team
  • Hepatobiliary / Pancreatic Cancer Team
  • Transplant - Hepatobiliary
  • Transplant - Kidney
  • Transplant - Liver
  • Transplant - Pancreas
  • Transplant Surgery
  • About

    Roberto Gedaly is a practicing transplant surgeon and clinician-scientist who has earned both national and international recognition for his work with infectious complications, including hepatitis and patients undergoing liver resection and liver transplantation. His research has focused on immunosuppressive strategies in liver transplantation. His currently seeks to define markers and prognostic indicators of hepatocellular carcinoma in an attempt to determine more effective therapies.

    After receiving a medical degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela in 1990, Gedaly completed his general surgery residency at the University Hospital of Caracas. He then completed a two-year fellowship in hepatobiliary and transplantation service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center through the Harvard Medical School in Boston; a one-year fellowship in liver and GI transplantation at the Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Fla.; and a two-year fellowship in transplantation at the Methodist Hospital at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Gedaly joined the University of Kentucky in 2006. He is actively engaged in medical and surgical societies, is a frequently invited guest speaker at meetings worldwide and has authored numerous publications appearing in leading peer-review journals and text books.

    Faculty Rank

    Professor of Surgery


    Central University of Venezuela, Razetti School of Medicine, Caracas, Venezuela


    University Hospital of Caracas, Central University of Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela


    Deaconess Hospital, Harvard University, Boston

    Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami, Fla.

    Methodist Hospital, University of Tennessee, Memphis

    Certifications and Special Training

    Member, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

    Member, American Society of Transplant Surgeons

    Member, American Society of Transplant Physicians

    Member, International Liver Transplantation Society

    Member, Venezuelan Surgical Society

    Member, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) Executive Board of Directors

    Member, KODA Advisory Committee

    Member, University of Kentucky Organ Transplant Evaluation Committees (liver, pancreas, kidney)

  • Research

    Cancer Center Member

    Research Focus

    Dr. Gedaly is a Hepatobiliary and Transplant surgeon and Chief of the Abdominal Transplant section. He has extensive clinical expertise in the management of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and a strong interest in basic science and clinical science research in the areas of hepatocellular carcinoma and other liver diseases as well as hepatocellular carcinoma markers and their impact on patient outcomes. Dr. Gedaly has published several articles in the fields of transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery, including, “Predictors of relapse to alcohol and illicit drugs after liver transplantation for alcoholic liver disease”. His work has reported the impact of obesity, diabetes, smoking and cancer on resource utilization in patients undergoing liver resection from a multicenter analysis of 1029 hepatectomies. In addition, he has reported the association of alpha-fetaprotein and tumor size with microvascular invasion in patients undergoing transplantation with hepatocellular carcinoma. Recently, Dr. Gedaly obtained promising results studying the function and mechanism of multi-kinase inhibitor sorafenib and dual PI3K and mTOR inhibitor PI-103 on inhibition of HCC in vitro and in a nude mice model. Over the last four years, his laboratory has studied the role of combination therapy while targeting significant pathways in HCC treatment. Most recently, his laboratory has studied the role of liver cancer stem cells in HCC treatment.


    • Translational Oncology

    College & Department

    • College of Medicine
    • Department of Surgery

    For Referring Physicians

    800 Rose Street, C451 Pavilion H / UKHC
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY 40536
    United States

  • Locations

    Pediatric Kidney Transplant

    UK Transplant Center

    Kentucky Clinic building
    Kentucky Clinic
    740 S. Limestone
    Third Floor, Wing D, Room J301
    Lexington, KY 40536

    Liver Cancer

    Whitney Hendrickson Building
    UK Markey Cancer Center
    Whitney-Hendrickson Building
    800 Rose St.
    First Floor
    Lexington, KY 40536

    A parking lot is located near the Whitney-Hendrickson Building, accessible via Hospital Drive. Get directions to Whitney-Hendrickson.

    UK Transplant & Specialty Clinic-Bowling Green

    Riverside Professional Center
    Riverside Professional Center
    825 2nd Ave. East
    Suite B6
    Bowling Green, KY 42101

    Services Available: Kidney

    UK Transplant & Specialty Clinic-Louisville

    Medical Plaza East
    Medical Plaza East
    3 Audubon Plaza Drive
    Suite 150
    Louisville, KY 40217

    Services available: Heart, Lung, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Living Donor

    UK Transplant & Specialty Clinic-Northern Kentucky

    UK Northern Kentucky Transplant Clinic
    Tri-State Gastroenterology Associates
    425 Centre View Blvd.
    Crestview Hills, KY 41017
    Call 866-285-4337 (Toll-free)
    Monday - Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

    Services available: Liver, Kidney

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