Carrie Thiessen, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Transplantation Surgery
(608) 263-9903


  • MD, Yale University
  • PhD, Harvard University
  • Resident, Yale University, General Surgery
  • Fellowship, University of California San Francisco, Abdominal Transplant Surgery

Dr. Thiessen provides a wide range of services including Liver Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Pancreas Transplant.

Research Interests

Dr. Thiessen’s research goals include the development of an independently funded research program aimed at identifying strategies to increase living kidney donation and the examination of ethical issues surrounding organ transplantation.

Dr. Thiessen and Dr. Neidlinger received a grant award from Donate Life Wisconsin to support a project evaluating the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation program’s practice of having pre-procurement conversations. Read more here.

Dr. Thiessen’s Lab

Recent Publications

  • A Clarified Interpretation of Permanence Justifies Death Determination in NRP Protocols.
    Parent B, Thiessen C, Wall A, Levan M, Gordon EJ
    Am J Bioeth 2024 Jun; 24(6): 46-48
    [PubMed ID: 38829585]

  • An Eye for an Eye?: Problematic Risk-Benefit Trade-Offs in Whole Eye Transplantation.
    Weinlander E, Erb B, Thiessen C
    Am J Bioeth 2024 May; 24(5): 75-79
    [PubMed ID: 38635428]

  • Don't Let the Label "Palliative Care" Stand in the Way of Meeting the Needs of Patients With Graft Loss.
    Thiessen C, Jacobson N, Campbell T
    Am J Kidney Dis 2024 Feb; 83(2): 136-138
    [PubMed ID: 38127033]

  • Preserved 2-y Liver Transplant Outcomes Following Simultaneous Thoracoabdominal DCD Organ Procurement Despite Effects on Liver Utilization Rate.
    Wisel SA, Steggerda JA, Thiessen C, Roll GR, Chen Q, Thomas J, Kaur B, Catarino P, Chikwe J, Kim IK
    Transplant Direct 2023 Nov; 9(11): e1528
    [PubMed ID: 37876918]

  • Organ Procurement Using Normothermic Regional Perfusion.
    Wall AE, Thiessen C, Pomfret EA
    JAMA 2023 Oct 10; 330(14): 1390
    [PubMed ID: 37815571]

All Publications on PubMed