Transplant Surgery

Our transplant surgeons are leaders in transplant care, working side-by-side with nephrologists, immunologists, oncologists and gastroenterologists to provide the most comprehensive patient care in the region. MUSC is one of the strongest transplant programs in the nation and the only living donor transplant center in the state.

  • MUSC Health is proud to announce that it has received the designation of Blue Distinction® Center for Transplant in Adult Kidney Cadaveric, Adult Kidney Living, Pediatric Heart, Pediatric Kidney and Pediatric Liver. 
  • Our outcomes and organ transplant survival rates are outstanding and among the nation’s best, despite the fact that we treat more than twice the national average of high-risk patients.
  • We are the #4 largest volume center for kidney transplants and the #2 largest volume center for adding patients to the kidney transplant list. 
  • The average waiting time to receive an organ transplant here is among the shortest in the nation.
  • Our surgeons and researchers are paving the way for new discoveries that will vastly improve patient care and outcomes.

Meet our faculty and learn about their areas of expertise.


Prabhakar Baliga, M.D. 

Chair, MUSC Department of Surgery 


Ahmad Alqassieh, M.D. 

Assistant Professor of Surgery

John McGillicuddy, M.D. 

Associate Professor of Surgery

Santosh Nagaraju, MD 

Santosh Nagaraju, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery


Teresa Rice, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery


Joseph Scalea, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair for Innovation
Surgical Director of the Kidney Transplant Program


David Taber, Pharm.D., BCPS

Professor of Surgery - Research

Dirk van der Windt, MD 

Dirk van der Windt, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery


Jared White, M.D.

Associate Professor
Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program

Research Faculty

Yuan Zhai, PhD

Yuan Zhai, Ph.D.