Physician’s Profile

James V. Guarrera, MD

Department of Surgery
Division of Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery
Surgical Director, Adult Liver Transplantation, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia
Program Director, Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship
Board Certificates
Areas of Expertise:
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Liver Cancer
  • Cancer Care
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Living Donor Transplantation
  • Living Donor Liver Surgery
  • Auxiliary Transplant
  • Pancreas Transplantation
  • Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Minimally Invasive Solid Organ Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery, Pediatric
  • Organ Transplant, Pediatric
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery
Honors & Awards:

American Society of Transplantation Rising Star in Transplantation Award, 2016

Patient Choice Award 2013, 2014, 2015

American Society of Transplant Surgeons Vanguard Award, 2011

PatientsChoice Award 2008, 2009, 2012

New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center: Internation Liver Transplantation Society, 2006

Award Winner-"Rising Star Symposium" International Liver Transplantation Society Meeting, Milan, Italy May 2006 American Transplant Congress, Young Investigator Award, 2004

The Transplantation Society Young Investigator Travel Grant, 2002

Blakemore Award for Surgical Research, 2002 Outstanding Resident Teaching Award, 2002

Mount Sinai School Of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society Lambda chapter, inducted, 1997

Arthur Aufses Senior Prize in Surgery, 1998 (Best student performance in Surgery Rotations)

Dean's List, 1991-1994

Departmental Honors in Biology, Alpha Epsilon Delta, National

Premedical Honor Society, 1992

Beta Beta Beta, National Biology Honor Society, 1992


Quillin RC 3rd, Guarrera JV. "In 10 years" of debate: Pro-machine perfusion for liver preservation will be universal. Liver Transpl. 2016 Nov;22(S1):25-28. doi: 10.1002/lt.24630. No abstract available.  

Mandell MS, Smith AR, Dew MA, Gordon DB, Holtzman S, Howell T, DiMartini AF, Butt Z, Simpson MA, Ladner DP, Freise CE, McCluskey SA, Fisher RA, Guarrera JV, Olthoff KM, Pomfret EA. Early Postoperative Pain and its Predictors in the Adult to Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort Study. Transplantation. 2016 Nov;100(11):2362-2371. 

Halazun KJ, Najjar M, Abdelmessih RM, Samstein B, Griesemer AD, Guarrera JV, Kato T, Verna EC, Emond JC, Brown RS Jr. Recurrence After Liver Transplantation for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A New MORAL to the Story Ann Surg. 2016 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print] 

Halazun KJ, Przybyszewski EM, Griesemer AD, Cherqui D, Michelassi F, Guarrera JV, Kato T, Brown RS Jr, Emond JC, Samstein B Leaning to the Left: Increasing the Donor Pool by Using the Left Lobe, Outcomes of the Largest Single-center North American Experience of Left Lobe Adult-to-adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation. Ann Surg. 2016 Sep;264(3):448-56. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000001860. 

Karangwa SA, Dutkowski P, Fontes P, Friend PJ, Guarrera JV, Markmann JF, Mergental H, Minor T, Quintini C, Selzner M, Uygun K, Watson CJ, Porte RJ. Machine Perfusion of Donor Livers for Transplantation: A Proposal for Standardized Nomenclature and Reporting Guidelines. Am J Transplant. 2016 Apr 29. doi: 10.1111/ajt.13843. [Epub ahead of print]