David P Foley, MD


  • Folkert O. Belzer Chair, Division of Transplantation
  • Program Director, Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship

(608) 263-2527

Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison WI 53792


  • MD, Boston University
  • General Surgery Residency, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Surgical Research Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Department of Surgery
  • Transplant Surgical Fellow, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI


Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors Surgery

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2016 Award Surgery, Transplantation

Avant-Garde Health General Surgery Research All-Stars (2024)

Dr. Foley is involved with the following professional societies:

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Surgical Biology Club II
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Central Surgical Association
  • Transplantation Society
  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • International Liver Transplant Society

Dr. Foley has been very active in leadership positions in national surgical and transplant societies. He has served as Co-Chair for the Grants Review Committee for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. He served on the Executive Committee for the Association for Academic Surgery and Co-Chair of the Education Committee. He has been the Co-Chair and Chair of the Executive Committee for the Liver and Intestine Community of Practice for the American Society of Transplantation.

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Foley is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery. Dr. Foley’s clinical focus is in liver and kidney transplantation.

Research Interests

Dr. Foley’s clinical research interests include studying protective strategies to decrease organ damage and enhance organ function after kidney and liver transplantation. Dr. Foley focuses on identifying and modifying clinical risk factors that lead to poor liver function after liver transplantation. These include studying the use of older donor livers, livers recovered from donation after circulatory determination of death donors, and livers with steatosis. In addition, Dr. Foley leads clinical studies aimed at decreasing delayed kidney function after kidney transplantation.

Dr. Foley’s basic research efforts are focused on identifying novel protective strategies to minimize ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) in liver and kidney transplantation. More specifically, his laboratory investigates the cell-specific effects of augmenting endogenous antioxidant pathways in the setting of hepatic and renal IRI. Activation of these pathways in a cell-specific manner can decrease oxidative stress and may promote cellular recovery from these deleterious processes. The ultimate goal is to discover new pharmacologic therapies that can decrease IRI and improve organ function after kidney and liver transplantation.

Recent Publications

  • Analysis of >15 000 Solid Organ Transplant Recipients Reveals Nonanal Genitourinary HPV-related Disease as Highest Risk Predictor for Anal Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions/Anal Cancer.
    Freeman MJ, Yang Q, Cherney-Stafford L, Striker R, Foley DP, Al-Adra DP, Sanger CB
    Transplantation 2024 Feb 22;
    [PubMed ID: 38383963]

  • Liver Transplantation. Reply.
    Lucey MR, Furuya KN, Foley DP
    N Engl J Med 2024 Jan 25; 390(4): 387
    [PubMed ID: 38265664]

  • Twelve Thousand Kidney Transplants Over More Than 55 Y: A Single-center Experience.
    Parajuli S, Garonzik-Wang J, Astor BC, Aziz F, Garg N, Welch B, Odorico J, Mezrich J, Kaufman D, Foley DP, Mandelbrot D
    Transplant Direct 2024 Feb; 10(2): e1575
    [PubMed ID: 38264296]

  • Detrimental impact of early biopsy-proven rejection in liver transplantation.
    Aufhauser DD, Stalter L, Marka N, Leverson G, Al-Adra DP, Foley DP
    Clin Transplant 2024 Jan; 38(1): e15206
    [PubMed ID: 38041491]

  • Liver Transplantation.
    Lucey MR, Furuya KN, Foley DP
    N Engl J Med 2023 Nov 16; 389(20): 1888-1900
    [PubMed ID: 37966287]

All Publications on PubMed