Dr. Thomas G. Heffron, MD

Dr. Thomas G. Heffron, MD

Transplant Surgery | Male | 60 years old

General Surgery, Adult and Pediatric Transplant A Nebraska native, Dr. Tom Heffron graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University with a biology degree followed by a medical degree at the University of Nebraska. His general surgery residency was at Creighton University followed by a three year fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery and liver, pancreas and kidney transplant surgery at the University of Chicago. He spent two years as an assistant professor of surgery at the same institution. While there, he was a member of the first team in the world to perform a successful series of living donor liver transplantations. He brought the living donor liver procedure to the University of Nebraska where he performed transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery and directed living donor liver transplantion from 1992 to 1996. In 1997, he was recruited to Atlanta where he restarted a dormant pediatric liver transplant program at Emory University/Children's Hospital of Atlanta, and performed hepatobiliary and adult cadaveric and living donor liver transplantation. In 1998, he was also named director of adult liver transplantation. Dr. Heffron has performed over 900 liver transplants (2/3 adult) as primary surgeon including over 100 living donor liver transplants. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, 150 guest lectures in the U.S. and abroad, 16 book chapters, as well as primary investigator in numerous funded grants. His professional interests include general surgery with special expertise in complex surgery of the liver (including liver resection and metastatic disease), biliary tract, pancreas, portal hypertension and liver transplantation in adults and children.Read more

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in Cotopaxi, Co |
Dr Heffron performed a liver transplant on me 2+ years ago. He is top surgeon for me and gives EXCELLENT, quality care. He is there for me when I express concerns regarding my labs or any current issues. Dr. Heffron goes above his call of duty. He is the doctor of several of our friends as well, so I know he is there when they need him. He takes into consideration all my health issues when he determines a course of action.
in Aurora, CO |
Dr Heffron goes above and beyond good patient care. His bed side manner is impressive, and you can tell that he really cares about his patients. Thank you for a job well done.
Dr. Heffron is a phenomenal surgeon with a passion for medicine.
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General Surgery, Adult and Pediatric Transplant

A Nebraska native, Dr. Tom Heffron graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University with a biology degree followed by a medical degree at the University of Nebraska. His general surgery residency was at Creighton University followed by a three year fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery and liver, pancreas and kidney transplant surgery at the University of Chicago. He spent two years as an assistant professor of surgery at the same institution. While there, he was a member of the first team in the world to perform a successful series of  living donor liver transplantations. He brought the living donor liver procedure to the University of Nebraska where he performed transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery and directed living donor liver transplantion from 1992 to 1996. In 1997, he was recruited to Atlanta where he restarted a dormant pediatric liver transplant program at Emory University/Children's Hospital of Atlanta, and performed hepatobiliary and adult cadaveric and living donor liver transplantation. In 1998, he was also named director of adult liver transplantation. Dr. Heffron has performed over 900 liver transplants (2/3 adult) as primary surgeon including over 100 living donor liver transplants. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, 150 guest lectures in the U.S. and abroad, 16 book chapters, as well as primary investigator in numerous funded grants. His professional interests include general surgery with special expertise in complex surgery of the liver (including liver resection and metastatic disease), biliary tract, pancreas, portal hypertension and liver transplantation in adults and children.

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  •  Specializes in Transplant Surgery
  •  Board certified in General Surgery
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  •  No sanctions found
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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • First Mason Chair for Liver Transplant, Emory University Health System/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, 2004
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  • General Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Appendicitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Viral Hepatitis

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Nebraska

    Graduated in 1982

  • Internship Hospital
    Creighton University School Of Medicine

    Completed in 1987

  • Residency Hospital
    Creighton University School Of Medicine

    Completed in 1987

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of Chicago Hospitals

    Completed in 1990

    University Of Chicago Pritzer School Of Medicine

    Completed in 1990

  • Undergraduate School
    Creighton University

    Graduated in 1978

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Transplant Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Hepatology

Procedures Performed

  • Ablation
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Bile Duct Surgery
  • Colectomy
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Liver Resection
  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Tumor Ablation, Liver
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Liver Surgery
  • Liver Transplant
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Pancreatectomy (incl. Pancreas Transplant and Whipple Procedure)
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Renal Transplant and Nephrectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Whipple Procedure