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David J. Reich

David J. Reich, MD, FACS

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Surgery

Department: Surgery

Specialties: General Surgery


  • MD - McGill University (1989)
  • BA - Columbia College, Columbia University (1985)

Awards & Honors

  • Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia magazine (2010, 2013-2018)
  • "Transplant Surgeon of the Year," American Liver Foundation (2004)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Medical Advisory Board, Gift of Life Donor Program

Dr. Reich is an internationally recognized leader in organ transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. He specializes in complex liver surgery, treatments for liver tumors, transplant for high-risk patients, safe use of extended criteria donor organs, and long-term healthcare following transplantation.

He has expertise as a doctor, administrator, educator and scientist. He has published extensively and lectured internationally regarding about research and patient care aspects of liver surgery, including work with donation after cardiac death organ transplantation. He is an authority on quality improvement and practice standards in the fields of transplantation and liver surgery.

He has held many national appointments, including:

  • Chairman, Standards on Organ Transplantation Committee, American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Chairman, Liver Surgery and Transplantation Committee, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • Immediate past region two representative, OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee
  • Immediate past chairman, OPTN/UNOS National Liver Allocation Review Board
  • Past chairman, medical advisory committee and member, board of directors, American Liver Foundation Delaware Valley Chapter
  • Editorial board, Liver Transplantation
  • Editorial reviewer, New England Journal of Medicine and American Journal of Transplantation

Dr. Reich is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Clinical Services

Kidney transplant, Liver transplant, Hepatobiliary surgery, Transplant - high risk, Complex liver surgery, Liver resection, Radiofrequency ablation, Minimally invasive liver surgery, Liver tumors treatment, Extended criteria donor organs, Transplant - long-term healthcare

Affiliated Hospitals

Hahnemann University Hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children


  • Abdominal Multiorgan Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery - Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1996)


  • General Surgery - Beth Israel Medical Center (1994)


  • General Surgery - Beth Israel Medical Center (1990)

David J. Reich, MD, FACS, is professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, and chief of the Division of Multiorgan Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery.

Research Interests

Organ donation, Organ donation after cardiac death, Transplantation, Organ donor pool expansion, Liver assist devices, Immunosuppression trials


Dr. Reich has published extensively and lectured internationally regarding various research initiatives and clinical aspects of liver surgery, including pioneering work with donation after cardiac death organ transplantation.

* This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.