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David Mulligan

Professor of Surgery (Transplant)

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David Mulligan, MD, FACS, FAST, FAASLD

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David C. Mulligan, MD, is an abdominal organ transplant surgeon performing both living and deceased donor liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants.

He currently serves as Professor of Surgery, Transplantation and Immunology in the Department of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine/Yale New Haven Health System.

His clinical and academic focus surrounds living donor liver transplantation, expanding donation, and working on ways to utilize ex-vivo organ perfusion systems to increase transplantation in the United States.

Dr. Mulligan and his team are testing novel strategies in immunosuppression; improved biomechanical organ preservation methods to reduce ischemia/reperfusion injury and promote regeneration; and working in the field of 3D bioprinting to collaborate in finding ways to grow new organs from stem cell precursors.

He has performed more than 250 living donor transplants and has authored more that 180 publications. He also has served on numerous editorial review boards and presented across the U.S. and internationally.

Dr. Mulligan’s leadership in solid organ transplantation across national and international platforms has grown considerably and he now serves as Past President of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS)/Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN), Member at-large on the Governing Board of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Past Chair of the Advisory Council on Transplantation (ACOT) to the Secretary of HHS, special government employee for FDA Medical Device Advisory Committee and chair of the Business Practice Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. He also contributes to the oversight and recommendations regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on solid organ transplantation in the U.S. for both the AASLD and the ASTS.

In these visionary roles, he has led major changes in organ allocation and distribution and will hopefully culminate in substantial increases in organ transplants. Passionate about patient-centered care and building more resilient teams, he makes time to share his enjoyment of spending time in nature, especially near the ocean, with his wife and three children.

Education & Training

  • MPA
    Yale University (2014)
  • Fellowship
    Baylor University Medical Center (1995)
  • Residency
    Case Western Reserve University (1993)
  • Residency
    Univeristy of Louisville School of Medicine (1991)
  • Residency
    University of Louisville School of Medicine (1988)
  • Internship
    University of Louisville School of Medicine (1987)
  • MD
    University of Louisville School of Medicine (1986)
  • BA
    Bellarmine College, Chem/Biology (1981)


  • Blood CMV PCR Detects CMV Infection Earlier than Culture in Liver Transplant Recipients with CMV Disease: A Prospective Pilot Study
    Chicago, IL, United States 1994
    Blood CMV PCR Detects CMV Infection Earlier than Culture in Liver Transplant Recipients with CMV Disease: A Prospective Pilot Study

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
President United Network of Organ Sharing/Organ Procurement and Transplant Network2020
Top Doctors, ConnecticutCastle Connolly2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Masters PrivatumYale University2015
Distinguished CME EducatorMayo Clinic in Arizona2006
Distinguished Mayo ClinicianMayo Clinic Arizona2006
Top Doctors, ArizonaCastle Connolly2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Presley F. Martin, M.D. Memorial Award1997
Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Leadership1997
Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Senior StudentAlpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society1997
Five Star Spirit AwardBaylor University Medical Center1994
Senior Honors Student in SurgeryUniversity of Louisville School of Medicine1986
Outstanding Young Men in AmericaJaycees1984
Class PresidentUniversity of Louisville School of Medicine1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Class Vice-PresidentUniversity of Louisville School of Medicine1982, 1983

Professional Service

Yale Liver CenterExecutive Committee Member2021
United Network of Organ SharingPresident2020 - 2021
JAMAReviewer2020 - 2022
NatureReviewer2020 - 2022
Joint Council and Operations CouncilMember2020 - 2021
American Society of Transplant SurgeonsBusiness Practice Services Committee2019 - 2021
United Network of Organ SharingVice President2019 - 2020
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases1996-Present / Program Education Committee, Member 1997-1998 / Medical Advisory Committee, Chair 1997-1998 / Membership Committee 1998-2001 / Liver Transplantation and Surgery Committee, Member 2006-2009 / Annual Meeting, Abstract Reviewer 2006-2009 / Abstract Review committee: Cell Transplantation, Member 2006-2009 / Abstract Review: Immunology, Member 2006-2009 / Abstract Review: Preservation, Ischemia/Reperfusion, Member 2009-Present / Abstract Review Committee, Experimental Liver Transplantation; Cellular Immunology, Preservation and Cell Transplantation, Chair 2012-2015/ Liver Transplantation and Surgery Special Interest Group, Chair; Membership and Committee Member 2018-Present / Governing Board, Member-At-Large 2019-Present / Surgeon Representative to the Board of Governors 2020-Present / Research Subcommittee-COVID-19 Task Force, Chair 2020-Present / COVID-19 Task Force2019 - Present
Academy of Communication in Healthcare Relationship Centered CommunicationMember2018 - 2021
Appointments and Promotions CommitteeMember2017 - 2021
Yale Medicine Executive Leadership Development ProgramMember2017 - 2021
Joint Leadership committeeMember2016 - 2021
Clinical Advisory BoardMember2015 - 2021
HepatologyReviewer2013 - 2021
TransplantationReviewer2013 - 2021
American Surgical Association MemberMember2010 - 2021
Current Opinion in Organ TransplantationReviewer2005 - 2021
Liver TransplantationAssociate Editor2004 - 2009
Digestive Diseases and SciencesReviewer2004 - 2021
American Journal of TransplantationReviewer2004 - 2021
Liver TransplantationEditor2004 - 2021
Journal of Gastrointestinal SurgeryReviewer2003 - 2021
American College of Surgeons, Oncology GroupFellow2000 - 2021
United Network of Organ Sharing2001-2004 / Membership and Professional Standards Committee Region 5 Representative 2001-2004 / Region Review Board, Chair 2004-2005 / Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplant Committee, Representative-At-Large 2004-2006 / Membership and Professional Standards Committee, Member-At-Large 2006-2008 / Region 5 Associate Counselor 2005-2009 / Workgroup for Organ Acceptance, Chair 2006-2008 / Board of Directors, Region 5, Representative 2006-2008 / Region 5 Counselor 2009-Present / Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) 2009-Present / Workgroup for Organ Acceptance, Composite Pre-Transplant Metric (CPM) Workgroup, Chair 2011-2013 / Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplant Committee, Vice Chair 2011-2013 / Policy and Oversight Committee, LIT Representative 2013-2015 / Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplant Committee, Chair 2016-2019 / Advisory Council on Transplantation to the Secretary of HHS, Chair 2019-Present / Business Practices Committee, Chair1999 - 2021
Arizona Medical AssociationArizona Save-A-Life Alliance Board of Directors Member Case Western Reserve University Department of Surgery Resident Selection Committee Member University Hospitals of Cleveland Chemotherapy Credentialing Subcommittee Member Ireland Cancer Center Taskforce on Management of Hepatic Malignancies Chair Medication Use and Assessment Improvement Subcommittee Member Patient Care Operating Support System (PCOSS) Physician Steering Committee Member1999 - 2013
Phoenix Surgical SocietyMember1999 - 2013
International Liver Transplantation SocietyMember1998 - 2021
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary TractMember1998 - 2021
American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary, AssociateMember1997 - 2021
Lifebanc - Associate Medical DirectorDirector1997 - 1998
American Liver Foundation, Northern Ohio Chapter, MemberBoard of Directors1996 - 1998
Ohio Solid Organ Transplantation ConsortiumCommittee Member1995 - 1998
XVth World Congress of the Transplantation SocietyChair1994

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