Carrie Thiessen, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Transplantation Surgery
(608) 263-9903


  • MD, Yale University, 2010
  • PhD, Harvard University, 2009
  • Resident, Yale University, General Surgery, 2019
  • Fellowship, University of California San Francisco, Abdominal Transplant Surgery, 2021

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.

Recent Publications

  • Fever, skin nodules, and hyperintense intramuscular leg lesions in a liver transplant patient.
    Thiessen C, Ling I, Horvai A, Kang SM
    Am J Transplant 2022 Feb; 22(2): 658-661
    [PubMed ID: 35113491]

  • Biliary obstruction following ureteral revision of a transplanted kidney.
    Thiessen C, Arslan G, Roberts J, Freise C
    Am J Transplant 2021 04; 21(4): 1657-1659
    [PubMed ID: 33788991]

  • Quantifying Risk Tolerance Among Potential Living Kidney Donors With the Donor-Specific Risk Questionnaire.
    Thiessen C, Gannon J, Li S, Skrip L, Dobosz D, Gan G, Deng Y, Kennedy K, Gray D, Mussell A, Reese PP, Gordon EJ, Kulkarni S
    Am J Kidney Dis 2021 08; 78(2): 246-258
    [PubMed ID: 33508397]

  • Setting rules for the sandbox: A response to "Successfully sharing the sandbox: A perspective on combined DCD liver and heart donor procurement".
    Wisel SA, Thiessen C, Day R, Belin LJ, Syed SM, Hirose R, Ascher N, Roberts JP, Freise CE
    Am J Transplant 2021 05; 21(5): 1981-1982
    [PubMed ID: 33277813]

  • Rapid Modification of Workflows and Fellow Staffing at a Single Transplant Center to Address the COVID-19 Crisis.
    Thiessen C, Wisel SA, Yamaguchi S, Dietch ZC, Feng S, Freise CE
    Transplant Proc 2020 Nov; 52(9): 2596-2600
    [PubMed ID: 32471628]

All Publications on PubMed