David D. Aufhauser, MD

Assistant Professor

  • Division of Transplantation

(608) 265-6471

H4/752 Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792


  • MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • Residency, Hospital of the University of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2019
  • Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Abdominal Transplant Surgery, 2021

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Aufhauser is certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). He specializes in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation.

Dr. Aufhauser provides a wide range of services including Pancreas Transplant, Liver Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy.

Research Interests

Dr. Aufhauser studies xenotransplantation with a focus on understanding and mitigating immune responses to xenoantigens. His long-term is to identify targets for genetic engineering and tailored immunosuppression that will facilitate clinical adaptation of xenotransplantation in humans to alleviate organ shortages.

Recent Publications

  • Not as Rare as Initially Described: Transplant Ureter Incarceration Within Inguinal Hernia. Two Cases, Literature Review, and Management Algorithm.
    Merani S, Aufhauser DD, Maskin AT, Mezrich J, Al-Adra D
    Transplant Proc 2021 Sep; 53(7): 2285-2290
    [PubMed ID: 34446309]

  • Occult Hepatocellular Carcinoma Associated With Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts in Liver Transplant Recipients.
    Krumeich LN, Mancinelli J, Cucchiara A, Eddinger K, Aufhauser D, Goldberg DW, Siegelman ES, Rosen M, Reddy KR, Hoteit M, Furth EE, Olthoff KM, Shaked A, Levine M, Abt P
    Liver Transpl 2021 09; 27(9): 1248-1261
    [PubMed ID: 33853207]

  • HDAC2 targeting stabilizes the CoREST complex in renal tubular cells and protects against renal ischemia/reperfusion injury.
    Aufhauser DD, Hernandez P, Concors SJ, O'Brien C, Wang Z, Murken DR, Samanta A, Beier UH, Krumeich L, Bhatti TR, Wang Y, Ge G, Wang L, Cheraghlou S, Wagner FF, Holson EB, Kalin JH, Cole PA, Hancock WW, Levine MH
    Sci Rep 2021 04 27; 11(1): 9018
    [PubMed ID: 33907245]

  • Defining postoperative transfusion thresholds in liver transplant recipients: A novel retrospective approach.
    Connor JP, Aufhauser D, Welch BM, Leverson G, Al-Adra D
    Transfusion 2021 03; 61(3): 781-787
    [PubMed ID: 33368321]

  • Beyond Ice and the Cooler: Machine Perfusion Strategies in Liver Transplantation.
    Aufhauser DD, Foley DP
    Clin Liver Dis 2021 02; 25(1): 179-194
    [PubMed ID: 33978577]

All Publications on PubMed