Steven M. Rudich, MD, PhD
Steven M. Rudich, MD, PhD is Associate Professor
of Surgery in the Division of Transplant Surgery
and Director of Liver Transplant Services at the
University of Cincinnati. Dr. Rudich specializes
in hepatobiliary surgery and in particular, liver
transplantation. His research interests include
the pathophysiology of brain death in large animal
models, hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury, and
the use of extracorporeal technologies to improve
donor organs. He currently serves as Assistant
Medical Director of LifeCenter Organ Donor Network,
the principal organ and tissue donation organization
in the region.
As part of the Multidisciplinary Liver Treatment Center at The University of Cincinnati, Dr. Rudich has been largely responsible for revitalizing the University of Cincinnati Liver Transplant Program, with more adult liver transplants performed in Cincinnati over the past year than any other transplant program in Ohio since liver transplants were first performed in the state. Dr. Rudich is one of several pioneers in the use of extended criteria liver allografts in liver transplantation, which enables patients on the waiting list to receive a transplant much sooner. In addition, more widespread use of donation after cardiac death (DCD) organ donors has been realized through the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a technique that allows reoxygenation and revitalization of organs after death. Dr. Rudich leads one of only two groups in the world to use ECMO technology to prepare livers from DCD organ donors for transplantation.
In addition to his work in liver transplantation, Dr. Rudich has an active practice in hepatobiliary surgery, including both benign and malignant liver diseases. Utilizing his experience from liver transplantation, Dr. Rudich plays a major role in the Multidisciplinary Liver Treatment Center at the University of Cincinnati by performing both laparoscopic and conventional open techniques for all aspects of liver disease in normal and cirrhotic livers.
Dr. Rudich graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers College and obtained both his MD and PhD degrees from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, receiving numerous awards for his graduate work in molecular immunology. He completed his general surgery training at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and received his transplant training at UCLA under Dr. Ronald Busuttil, who has trained many leaders in the field. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Rudich helped to establish the Liver Transplant Program at the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Rudich is an active member of many transplant societies and participates in several American Society of Transplant Surgery committees as well as serving on the Organ Availability Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). His honors include the 2002 Young Investigator Award from the American Transplant Congress. He serves on numerous committees of transplantation societies and as a reviewer for several medical journals. Dr. Rudich has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers in addition to 100 poster and abstract presentations and several book chapters.
Dr. Rudich is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He sees patients at the UC Medical Arts Building.