Liise Kayler

Liise K. Kayler

Liise K. Kayler MD, MS, FACS

UBMD Surgery


Surgery; Surgery - Transplant; Transplantation


Professional Summary:

I conduct clinical outcomes research on hospital- and population-based data with a focus on donor selection, kidney transplantation outcomes, and delivery of high quality care. Over the last decade my research has focused on donor selection. In retrospective cohort studies of national and single center data I have examined outcomes of kidneys perceived to be suboptimal such as those declined by local centers and transplanted elsewhere, kidneys with prolonged cold ischemia time, small pediatric donor kidneys, dual kidney engraftments, kidneys with chronic lesions, donation after cardiac death donors, and donors with acute kidney injury in order to provide evidenced-based data on the magnitude of the risks associated with utilization of specific types of organs. As a result of these analyses, changes in perception of donor quality have resulted in increased kidney utilization at the centers where I have worked and invitations to share my work at other programs as well as national meetings. My research findings in this area have had a positive effect in the transplant realm since my work provides empiric evidence of acceptable outcomes of various types of kidneys that have traditionally been rejected, thus providing a basis for increased kidney utilization. With knowledge and expertise acquired through matriculation at the University of Michigan with a Masters in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis I am able to analyze data myself or communicate effectively with a biostatistician. During the last 14 years I have either conducted or participated in 85 retrospective and 17 prospective studies of transplant outcomes.


Surgery, Surgery - Transplant, Transplantation

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Education and Training:

  • Certificate, American Board of Surgery, recertification (2021)
  • Certificate, Harvard Medical School Safety, Quality and Informatics Leadership Program, Harvard Medical School (2016)
  • MS, Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis, University at Michigan (2005)
  • Fellowship, Adult and Pediatric Small Intestine Transplantation, University of Pittsburgh- Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute (2005)
  • Fellowship, Multi-organ Transplant Surgery, University at Michigan (2002)
  • Residency, General Surgery, Maricopa Medical Center (2000)
  • MD, na, University of Nevada School of Medicine (1995)
  • BS, Medicine, University of Nevada, Cum Laude (1991)

Awards and Honors:

  • AAMC 2014 Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar (2014)
  • Top 10 Abstract Winner (2010)
  • Resident Representative, 8th Annual Fundamentals of Surgical Research Course (1997)
  • Resident Reporter (1996)
  • Medical Student Award for Outstanding Research (1995)
  • Certificate of Research Achievement, Student Research (1995)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Scholarship Award (1991)
  • Dean's List 1986-1991 (1986)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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