Swedish Organ Care Research

In conjunction with the Organ Transplant Program at Swedish, the Organ Care Research Department is actively involved in clinical research and constantly evaluates new drugs as they become available for investigational or clinical use.

It also continues to develop relationships with sponsors that aim to reduce the probability of organ rejection and improve the success of transplantation.

Our philosophy is to help every person with organ failure realize his or her highest possible level of health and well-being. Our patients are crucial members of the transplant team, and we strive to develop individual care plans that suit the personal needs of our patients and their families.

Kris V. Kowdley, MD
Director, Liver Care Network and Organ Care Research

Dr. Kowdley received his BS in Biology and Anthropology as a member of the Dean's List at Columbia University, and his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Oregon Health Science University and a Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Kowdley is recognized as a world-renowned leader in the field of hepatology, and presented his research on liver diseases at more than 150 national and international meetings and scientific symposia, and is the author of over 425 articles, book chapters, reviews and commentaries.

Lisa S. Florence, M.D.
Director, Kidney Transplant Program

Dr. Florence received her medical degree from the University of Washington and completed a general surgery residency and a research fellowship in transplantation immunology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She completed her clinical transplant fellowship in kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation at the University of California in San Francisco.

Nelson Goes, M.D.
Medical Director, Renal Transplantation

Prior to moving to Swedish, Dr. Goes was the Associate Medical Director for the Renal Transplant Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Goes completed his first nephrology fellowship in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He did a transplant immunology fellowship in Edmonton, Canada under the guidance of Prof. Philip Halloran. His immunology work in Canada focused on ischemia-reperfusion injury and MHC regulation in injured tissues. He completed a second nephrology fellowship at Harvard Medical School (MGH/BWH) in 2001. While at MGH, he was a member of the study group conducting the first experiment on human tolerance in transplantation.

Marquis Hart, M.D.
Director of the Swedish Transplant Program

Dr. Hart received his medical degree at Johns Hopkins Medical School, in Baltimore, and completed his surgery residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He completed his fellowship training in general surgery and liver transplant at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Hart is a board-certified transplant surgeon specializing in liver, pancreas and kidney transplantation.

Andrew Precht, M.D.
Director of the Liver and Pancreas Transplant Programs

Dr. Precht is a graduate of the Medical Academy of Gdansk in Poland and completed general surgery residency training at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto. His fellowship training includes transplant surgery and abdominal multi-organ transplant surgery at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Precht is board certified in general surgery, with a special interest in traditional and laparoscopic liver surgery, liver tumor ablation, liver transplant and bloodless surgery.