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David J. Reich

David J. Reich, MD, FACS

Chief, Multiorgan Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery; Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery

Department: Surgery

Specialties: General Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery


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

Awards & Honors

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

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Treasurer, Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS), and chair, OPTN/UNOS Finance Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Corporate Affairs Committee, OPTN/UNOS
  • Chair, Information Technology Advisory Committee, OPTN/UNOS
  • Councilor, U.S. Region 2, OPTN/UNOS
  • Member, Membership and Professional Standards Committee, and Member, Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee, OPTN/UNOS
  • Chair, National Liver Allocation Review Board, U.S. Region 2, OPTN/UNOS
  • Chair, Quality and Pay Reform MACRA Task Force, American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Chair, Legislative Committee, American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Chair, Standards on Organ Transplantation Committee, American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Member, Fellowship Training and Workforce Committees, American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Member, Surgical Quality Alliance, American College of Surgeons
  • Member, Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, American Medical Association
  • Chair, Liver Surgery and Transplantation Committee, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • Member, Steering, Education Oversight and Scientific Program Committees, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • Medical Advisory Board, Gift of Life Donor Program
  • Chair, Medical Advisory Committee, and Member, Board of Directors, American Liver Foundation Delaware Valley Chapter
  • Editorial boards, Liver Transplantation and Clinical Transplantation

David J. Reich, MD, FACS, specializes in complex liver surgery, treatments for liver tumors, transplant for high-risk patients, safe use of extended criteria donor organs, and long-term health care following transplantation. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Reich was the American Liver Foundation Delaware Valley Chapter "Transplant Surgeon of the Year" honoree in 2004. He is a Castle Connolly and Philadelphia magazine "Top Doc," featured annually from 2010 to 2018.

After receiving his BA from Columbia College of Columbia University and his MD from McGill University, Dr. Reich completed his surgical residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and completed his American Society of Transplant Surgeons–approved multiorgan transplant and hepatobiliary surgery fellowship at the renowned Mount Sinai Hospital Recanati/Miller Transplant Institute in New York City. He has practiced surgery in Philadelphia since 1996.

Clinical Services

Kidney transplant, Liver transplant, Hepatobiliary surgery, Transplant - high risk, Complex liver surgery, Liver resection, Microwave and radiofrequency ablation, Minimally invasive liver surgery, Liver tumor treatment, Bile duct surgery, Gall bladder surgery, Extended criteria donor organs, Transplant - long-term healthcare

Affiliated Hospitals

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)

View David Reich's CV [PDF]

David J. Reich, MD, FACS, is chief of the Division of Multiorgan Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery, and professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized leader in organ transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery, with expertise as a clinician, administrator, educator and scientist. He specializes in abdominal organ transplantation and in complex liver surgery.

He has published extensively and lectured internationally regarding research initiatives and clinical aspects of surgery, including pioneering work with donation after cardiac death organ transplantation. Dr. Reich is investigating innovative technologies for artificial liver support and organ preservation, including cellular therapy to augment resuscitative effects of machine perfusion of donor organs.

Dr. Reich is an authority on a wide spectrum of health care governance and practice, including quality improvement, practice standards, policy development, value-based care, health care economics, access to health care, reimbursement, strategic planning, service line development, budgeting, information technology, leadership development, change management, system integration, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and medical education and training across a variety of settings.

Dr. Reich serves in a variety of national leadership positions. He is currently the elected treasurer of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) board of directors; OPTN/UNOS manages the U.S. organ transplant network by contract with the federal government. He is one of the six officers of OPTN/UNOS, chairs the Finance Committee, and serves on the Executive and Corporate Affairs Committees. He is a past chair of the OPTN/UNOS Information Technology Advisory Committee, immediate past councilor for Region 2, and past member of the Membership and Professional Standards Committee and the Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee. Dr. Reich chairs the Quality and Pay Reform MACRA Task Force of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). He is a past chair of the ASTS Legislative Committee and the Standards on Organ Transplantation Committee, and past member of the Fellowship Training and Workforce Committees. Dr. Reich is a past chair of the Liver Surgery and Transplantation Committee of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and past member of the Steering, Education Oversight and Scientific Program Committees. He served on the Editorial Board of Liver Transplantation and is an associate editor for Clinical Transplantation.

Research Interests

Organ donation, donation after cardiac death, organ donor pool expansion, machine perfusion of donor organs, artificial liver support, transplantation, immunosuppression trials, hepatocellular carcinoma treatments, health care quality improvement, access to healthcare, healthcare economics, medical education and training


Dr. Reich has authored over 100 scientific articles and book chapters.


Dr. Reich has given over 100 invited presentations regionally, nationally and internationally.

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

Contact Information

Academic Office

Drexel University College of Medicine
New College Building
245 N. 15th Street, Suite 12318
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.7143
Fax: 215.762.3846