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Ramesh Batra

Associate Professor of Surgery (Transplant); Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation; Medical Director, Transplant and Liver Unit

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Ramesh Batra, MBBS, MA, FACS, FRCS

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Ramesh Batra, MD, is the surgical director of liver transplant program at Yale Transplant Center. He is also a living donor liver surgeon for the transplant center besides being a multiorgan transplant surgeon for adult and pediatric patients. Alongside his transplant roles, he also performs complex hepatobiliary operations for liver tumors and biliary tract disorders in high risk patients.

Dr. Batra's expertise is in living organ donation and also in transplanting extended spectrum aka “marginal” organs, both liver and kidneys for early transplant and reducing the time on organ transplant waiting list. With this ability, he continually seeks to find “opportunity” in organs declined by other transplant centers for his patients. Aside from maximizing utility and reducing organ discard, he is passionate about alleviating the ethical barriers in organ donation and transplantation. As a qualified and trained ethicist, he is nationally acclaimed in the field and constantly seeks to push the boundaries in organ transplant

Dr. Batra underwent the decade long robust training in United Kingdom expanding his transplant skills in adult and pediatric transplantation in London, and was subsequently admitted to the Membership and Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow. He then completed the ASTS (American Society of Transplant Surgeons) abdominal transplant fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in liver, kidney and pancreas transplants along with pediatric liver transplants at Phoenix Children's hospital further strengthening the foundation of his surgical skills. At the Mayo Clinic, he was inspired by the institutional mission of building high transplant volume with excellent quality while considering patient at the centre of the delivered care; and he leads the program at Yale with that strategic vision.

He is an active member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He currently serves on various national and international transplant and ethics committees along-with being on various editorial boards for medical and surgical journals to be at the forefront of transplant innovation.

Education & Training

  • FACS
    American College of Surgeons (2020)
  • MA
    Loyola University Chicago, Bioethics and Health Policy (2019)
  • FRCS
    Royal College of Surgeons (2018)
  • ASTS Transplant Fellowship
    Mayo Clinic (2015)
  • Transplant Fellowship
    Royal Free Hospital & Guys Hospital, London (2013)
  • MRCS
    Royal College of Surgeons (2012)
  • Residency
    NHS hospitals, United Kingdom (2010)
  • MBBS
    Sarojini. Naidu Medical College, Surgery (2003)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
YNHHS Innovation AwardCenter for Health Care Innovation2022
Academic Development AwardYale University School of Medicine2020
Jr. Investigator AwardAmerican Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS)2015
Certificate of Merit - Forensic MedicineS.N. Medical College2001
Certificate of Merit - AnatomyS.N. Medical College1999

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