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Luis A Fernandez, MD

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MADISON, WI 53792-3284

Luis A Fernandez, MD

Associate Professor
Section of Liver and Kidney Surgery
Division of Transplantation


  • MD, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Jose Maria Vargas School of Medinice, Caracas, Venezuela, 1981-1987
  • Fellowship, Transplant Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 2000-2003
  • Chief Resident, General Surgery, University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL, 1999-2000
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute, Miami, FL, 1995-1997
  • Residency, General Surgery, University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL, 1993-2000

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Fernandez is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He specializes in pancreas, liver, islet cell, and renal transplantation.

Dr. Fernandez provides a wide range of services including Kidney Transplant, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy, Liver Resection, Liver Transplant, and Wedge Resection of the Liver.

Research Interests

Dr. Fernandez’s research interests include pancreas, liver, islet cell, and renal transplantation.

Islet Research Lab

Recent Publications
  • The role of complement in the pathogenesis of renal ischemia-reperfusion injury and fibrosis.
    Danobeitia JS, Djamali A, Fernandez LA
    Fibrogenesis Tissue Repair 2014; 7():16.
    [PubMed ID: 25383094, PMC ID: 4224961]
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  • Donor Pre-treatment with IL-1 Receptor Antagonist Attenuates Inflammation and Improves Functional Potency in Islets from Brain-Dead Non-human Primates.
    Danobeitia JS, Hanson MS, Chlebeck P, Park E, Sperger JM, Schwarznau A, Fernandez LA
    Cell Transplant 2014 Apr 22.
    [PubMed ID: 24759633]
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  • Antithymocyte globulin is associated with a lower incidence of de novo donor-specific antibodies in moderately sensitized renal transplant recipients.
    Brokhof MM, Sollinger HW, Hager DR, Muth BL, Pirsch JD, Fernandez LA, Bellingham JM, Mezrich JD, Foley DP, D'Alessandro AM, Odorico JS, Mohamed MA, Vidyasagar V, Ellis TM, Kaufman DB, Djamali A
    Transplantation 2014 Mar 27; 97(6):612-7.
    [PubMed ID: 24531846, PMC ID: 4106033]
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  • Increased C4d in post-reperfusion biopsies and increased donor specific antibodies at one-week post transplant are risk factors for acute rejection in mild to moderately sensitized kidney transplant recipients.
    Djamali A, Muth BL, Ellis TM, Mohamed M, Fernandez LA, Miller KM, Bellingham JM, Odorico JS, Mezrich JD, Pirsch JD, D'Alessandro TM, Vidyasagar V, Hofmann RM, Torrealba JR, Kaufman DB, Foley DP
    Kidney Int. 2013 Jun; 83(6):1185-92.
    [PubMed ID: 23447068, PMC ID: 3672254]
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  • Native kidney function following liver transplantation using calcineurin inhibitors: single-center analysis with 20 years of follow-up.
    LaMattina JC, Mezrich JD, Fernandez LA, D'Alessandro AM, Djamali A, Musat AI, Pirsch JD, Foley DP
    Clin Transplant 2013 Mar-Apr; 27(2):193-202.
    [PubMed ID: 23294013, PMC ID: 3622762]
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  • Standardized transportation of human islets: an islet cell resource center study of more than 2,000 shipments.
    Kaddis JS, Hanson MS, Cravens J, Qian D, Olack B, Antler M, Papas KK, Iglesias I, Barbaro B, Fernandez L, Powers AC, Niland JC
    Cell Transplant 2013; 22(7):1101-11.
    [PubMed ID: 22889479, PMC ID: 3745279]
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  • Improvement in outcomes of clinical islet transplantation: 1999-2010.
    Barton FB, Rickels MR, Alejandro R, Hering BJ, Wease S, Naziruddin B, Oberholzer J, Odorico JS, Garfinkel MR, Levy M, Pattou F, Berney T, Secchi A, Messinger S, Senior PA, Maffi P, Posselt A, Stock PG, Kaufman DB, Luo X, Kandeel F, Cagliero E, Turgeon NA, Witkowski P, Naji A, O'Connell PJ, Greenbaum C, Kudva YC, Brayman KL, Aull MJ, Larsen C, Kay TW, Fernandez LA, Vantyghem MC, Bellin M, Shapiro AM
    Diabetes Care 2012 Jul; 35(7):1436-45.
    [PubMed ID: 22723582, PMC ID: 3379615]
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  • Complications associated with liver transplantation in the obese recipient.
    LaMattina JC, Foley DP, Fernandez LA, Pirsch JD, Musat AI, D'Alessandro AM, Mezrich JD
    Clin Transplant 2012 Nov-Dec; 26(6):910-8.
    [PubMed ID: 22694047, PMC ID: 3518672]
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  • Differential outcomes of expanded-criteria donor renal allografts according to recipient age.
    Mezrich JD, Pirsch JD, Fernandez LA, Foley DP, Bellingham JM, Odorico JS, Leverson GE, Munoz-Del-Rio A, Sollinger HW, Kaufman DB, D'Alessandro AM
    Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2012 Jul; 7(7):1163-71.
    [PubMed ID: 22653256, PMC ID: 3386667]
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  • Early metabolic markers that anticipate loss of insulin independence in type 1 diabetic islet allograft recipients.
    Hirsch D, Odorico J, Danobeitia JS, Alejandro R, Rickels MR, Hanson M, Radke N, Baidal D, Hullett D, Naji A, Ricordi C, Kaufman D, Fernandez L
    Am. J. Transplant. 2012 May; 12(5):1275-89.
    [PubMed ID: 22300172]
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  • Clinical islet transplantation: recent advances in the field.
    Danobeitia JS, Fernandez LA
    Clin Transpl 2012; ():193-200.
    [PubMed ID: 23721022]
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  • Early activation of the inflammatory response in the liver of brain-dead non-human primates.
    Danobeitia JS, Sperger JM, Hanson MS, Park EE, Chlebeck PJ, Roenneburg DA, Sears ML, Connor JX, Schwarznau A, Fernandez LA
    J. Surg. Res. 2012 Aug; 176(2):639-48.
    [PubMed ID: 22440934]
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  • Donation after cardiac death: a 29-year experience.
    Bellingham JM, Santhanakrishnan C, Neidlinger N, Wai P, Kim J, Niederhaus S, Leverson GE, Fernandez LA, Foley DP, Mezrich JD, Odorico JS, Love RB, De Oliveira N, Sollinger HW, D'Alessandro AM
    Surgery 2011 Oct; 150(4):692-702.
    [PubMed ID: 22000181, PMC ID: 3357118]
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  • Simultaneous liver and kidney transplantation using donation after cardiac death donors: a brief report.
    LaMattina JC, Mezrich JD, Fernandez LA, D'Alessandro AM, Bellingham JM, Musat AI, Foley DP
    Liver Transpl. 2011 May; 17(5):591-5.
    [PubMed ID: 21506247, PMC ID: 3088423]
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  • Biliary complications after liver transplantation from donation after cardiac death donors: an analysis of risk factors and long-term outcomes from a single center.
    Foley DP, Fernandez LA, Leverson G, Anderson M, Mezrich J, Sollinger HW, D'Alessandro A
    Ann. Surg. 2011 Apr; 253(4):817-25.
    [PubMed ID: 21475025, PMC ID: 3103075]
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  • Differences between human and rodent pancreatic islets: low pyruvate carboxylase, atp citrate lyase, and pyruvate carboxylation and high glucose-stimulated acetoacetate in human pancreatic islets.
    MacDonald MJ, Longacre MJ, Stoker SW, Kendrick M, Thonpho A, Brown LJ, Hasan NM, Jitrapakdee S, Fukao T, Hanson MS, Fernandez LA, Odorico J
    J. Biol. Chem. 2011 May 27; 286(21):18383-96.
    [PubMed ID: 21454710, PMC ID: 3099655]
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  • The significance of donor-specific HLA antibodies in rejection and ductopenia development in ABO compatible liver transplantation.
    Musat AI, Agni RM, Wai PY, Pirsch JD, Lorentzen DF, Powell A, Leverson GE, Bellingham JM, Fernandez LA, Foley DP, Mezrich JD, D'Alessandro AM, Lucey MR
    Am. J. Transplant. 2011 Mar; 11(3):500-10.
    [PubMed ID: 21342448, PMC ID: 3357120]
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