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Ramesh Batra, MBBS, MA, FACS, FRCS

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Associate Professor of Surgery (Transplant)


Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation; Medical Director, Transplant and Liver Unit



Associate Professor of Surgery (Transplant)

Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation; Medical Director, Transplant and Liver Unit


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.


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Education & Training

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


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Frequent collaborators of Ramesh Batra's published research.


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Academic Achievements and Community Involvement

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    Rising Star in Transplantation

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    Board Member

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    YNHHS Innovation Award

Clinical Care


Ramesh Batra, MD, is an adult and pediatric abdominal transplant surgeon who performs kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He also performs complex hepatobiliary procedures for people with liver tumors and biliary tract disorders, as well as general surgery procedures for those with liver cirrhosis and kidney failure.

Dr. Batra chose this field, in part, because he had an early interest in engineering and thought transplant surgery to be just as complex and challenging. “We put the patient at the center of our care, and the entire transplant team, which includes transplant surgeons, nephrologists, hepatologists, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers and coordinators, working together for the betterment of that patient.”

Transplantation surgeries have undergone significant refinements in the last six decades or so, says Dr. Batra. “Both liver transplant and kidney transplant surgeries can now be done in a third of the time it used to take in the initial years,” he says. Anti-rejection medications that are less toxic and more tolerable have also contributed to longer lasting transplants, including much more sophisticated post-transplant care

However, the shortage of organs to transplant is still a critical problem, with almost 20 patients dying on the waiting list every day, says Dr. Batra, who is an assistant professor of surgery (transplant and immunology) at Yale School of Medicine. “There is much more need than there is availability, and we’ve got to bridge this gap,” he says. He is interested in promoting living organ donation, and he focuses his research on the careful use of extended spectrum organs—finding ways to maximize organs that may seem less than perfect to get the best benefit for a suitable recipient.

Many patients remain in Dr. Batra’s thoughts. One was a sick infant who needed a liver transplant. “An altruistic living donor came forward—somebody who wanted to donate a piece of her liver out of the goodness of her heart, and we were able to successfully complete the donation and transplantation operation. It's powerful moments like these where you feel you're doing the right thing in supporting the mission of saving the most lives,” Dr. Batra says.

Clinical Specialties

Transplant Surgery; Kidney Transplant Surgery; Liver Transplant Surgery; Pancreas Transplant Surgery

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  • Surgery General

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    Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
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