Kendra Conzen, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgery-Transplant

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (2006)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of California–Davis (CA) (2001)
Internship:
  • Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital (2007)
Residency:
  • Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital, Chief Resident, Surgery (2013)
Fellowships:
  • Washington University in St. Louis, Hepatobiliary and Abdominal Transplant Surgery (2014)
  • University of Colorado, Transplant Surgery (2015)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Transplant

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor in Surgery
  • Attending Surgeon

Publications

  • Williams C, Stewart E, Conzen KD, Wolf S, Tran TT. Dabigatran Reversal With Idarucizumab in 2 Patients With Portal Vein Thrombosis Undergoing Orthotopic Liver Transplantation. Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2021 Jan 4;:1089253220982183. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33393437
  • Jackson WE, Kriss MS, Burton JR Jr, Nydam TL, Conzen KD, Pomposelli JJ, Pomfret EA. Reply to "Living liver donation in previous kidney donors: A single-center experience". Am J Transplant. 2021 Jan;21(1):435-437. PubMed PMID: 32558135
  • Kassam AF, Cortez AR, Winer LK, Conzen KD, El-Hinnawi A, Jones CM, Matsuoka L, Watkins AC, Collins KM, Bhati C, Selzner M, Sonnenday CJ, Englesbe MJ, Diwan TS, Dick AAS, Quillin RC 3rd. Extinguishing burnout: National analysis of predictors and effects of burnout in abdominal transplant surgery fellows. Am J Transplant. 2021 Jan;21(1):307-313. PubMed PMID: 32463950
  • Choudhury RA, Yoeli D, Dagan A, Yaffe H, Moore HB, Conzen KD, Adams M, Wachs M, Pomposelli JJ, Pomfret EA, Nydam TL. Offspring to Parent LDLT: Narrowing the Gap Between Theory and Evidence. Transplantation. 2020 Oct;104(10):e307. PubMed PMID: 32969991
  • Schulick AC, Moore HB, Walker CB, Yaffe H, Pomposelli JJ, Azam F, Wachs M, Bak T, Kennealey P, Conzen K, Adams M, Pshak T, Choudhury R, Chapman MP, Pomfret EA, Nydam TL. A clinical coagulopathy score concurrent with viscoelastic testing defines opportunities to improve hemostatic resuscitation and enhance blood product utilization during liver transplantation. Am J Surg. 2020 Dec;220(6):1379-1386. PubMed PMID: 32907709
  • Moore HB, Yaffe H, Pomposelli JJ, Wachs M, Bak T, Kennealey P, Conzen K, Adams M, Pshak T, Choudhury R, Walker C, Schulick A, Ferrell T, Chapman MP, Pomfret EA, Nydam TL. Detection of early allograft dysfunction at 30 min of reperfusion in liver transplantation: An intraoperative diagnostic tool with real time assessment of graft function. Am J Surg. 2020 Dec;220(6):1518-1525. PubMed PMID: 32907708
  • Walker CB, Moore HB, Nydam TL, Schulick AC, Yaffe H, Pomposelli JJ, Wachs M, Bak T, Conzen K, Adams M, Pshak T, Choudhury R, Chapman MP, Pomfret EA, Kennealey P. The use of thromboelastography to assess post-operative changes in coagulation and predict graft function in renal transplantation. Am J Surg. 2020 Dec;220(6):1511-1517. PubMed PMID: 32878689
  • Choudhury RA, Foster M, Hoeltzel G, Moore HB, Yaffe H, Yoeli D, Prins K, Ghincea C, Vigneshwar N, Dumon KR, Rame JE, Conzen KD, Pomposelli JJ, Pomfret EA, Nydam TL. Bariatric Surgery for Congestive Heart Failure Patients Improves Access to Transplantation and Long-term Survival. J Gastrointest Surg. 2020 Apr 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32323251
  • Choudhury RA, Yoeli D, Moore HB, Yaffe H, Hoeltzel GD, Dumon KR, Williams NN, Abt PL, Conzen KD, Nydam TL. Reverse epidemiology and the obesity paradox for patients with chronic kidney disease: a Markov decision model. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2020 Jul;16(7):948-954. PubMed PMID: 32303425
  • Kolb JM, Conzen K, Wachs M, Crossno J Jr, McMahon B, Abidi MZ, Pomfret EA, Kriss M. Liver Transplantation for Decompensated Cirrhosis Secondary to Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase Mutation. Hepatology. 2020 Jul;72(1):356-358. PubMed PMID: 31943309
  • Dagan A, Choudhury RA, Yaffe H, Yoeli D, Moore HB, Conzen KD, Adams M, Wachs M, Pomposelli JJ, Pomfret EA, Nydam TL. Offspring Versus Nonoffspring to Parent Living Donor Liver Transplantation: Does Donor Relationship Matter?. Transplantation. 2020 May;104(5):996-1002. PubMed PMID: 31568397
  • Choudhury RA, Hoeltzel G, Prins K, Chow E, Moore HB, Lawson PJ, Yoeli D, Pratap A, Abt PL, Dumon KR, Conzen KD, Nydam TL. Sleeve Gastrectomy Compared with Gastric Bypass for Morbidly Obese Patients with End Stage Renal Disease: a Decision Analysis. J Gastrointest Surg. 2020 Apr;24(4):756-763. PubMed PMID: 31044345
  • Dagan A, Choudhury RA, Yaffe H, Yoeli D, Moore HB, Conzen KD, Adams M, Wachs M, Pomposelli J, Pomfret E, Nydam TL. Offspring vs. Non Offspring to Parent Living Donor Liver Transplantation: Does Donor Relationship Matter?. Transplantation. 2019 Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31568397
  • Choudhury RA, Hoeltzel G, Prins K, Chow E, Moore HB, Lawson PJ, Yoeli D, Pratap A, Abt PL, Dumon KR, Conzen KD, Nydam TL. Sleeve Gastrectomy Compared with Gastric Bypass for Morbidly Obese Patients with End Stage Renal Disease: a Decision Analysis. J Gastrointest Surg. 2019 May 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31044345
  • Heelan Gladden AA, Conzen KD, Benge MJ, Gralla J, Kennealey PT. A Vascular Anastomosis Simulation Can Provide a Safe and Effective Environment for Resident Skills Development. J Surg Educ. 2018 Sep - Oct;75(5):1367-1373. PubMed PMID: 29650486
  • DuBray BJ Jr, Conzen KD, Upadhya GA, Gunter KL, Jia J, Knolhoff BL, Mohanakumar T, Chapman WC, Anderson CD. BH3-only proteins contribute to steatotic liver ischemia-reperfusion injury. J Surg Res. 2015 Apr;194(2):653-8. PubMed PMID: 25483735
  • Conzen KD, Vachharajani N, Collins KM, Anderson CD, Lin Y, Wellen JR, Shenoy S, Lowell JA, Doyle MB, Chapman WC. Morbid obesity in liver transplant recipients adversely affects longterm graft and patient survival in a single-institution analysis. HPB (Oxford). 2015 Mar;17(3):251-7. PubMed PMID: 25322849
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Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), Member
  • American Hepatopancreatobiliary Association (AHPBA), Member
  • American College of Surgeons, Associate Fellow
  • Denver Academy of Surgery, Member
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD), Member
  • International Liver Transplant Society, Member

Practice Locations

Transplant Services - Anschutz
1635 Aurora Ct
7th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0005

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Surgery, Board Certification (2014)
  • Abdominal Transplant Surgery, Certificate (2015)
  • Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Certificate (2014)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Surgery - Liver Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Surgery - Kidney Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery - Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Surgery - Major Liver Surgery (Hepatobiliary)
  • Surgery - Pancreas Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery - Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery - Heart Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery - Open Thoracic Aortic Surgery
  • Surgery - Living Liver Donation
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include transplant surgery (liver, kidney, and pancreas), living donor operations for liver and kidney, non-transplant liver and pancreas surgery, bile duct surgery, and dialysis access surgery. I provide care for patients before, during, and after surgery.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (2006)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of California–Davis (CA) (2001)
Internships:
  • Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital (2007)
Residency Programs:
  • Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital, Chief Resident, Surgery (2013)
Fellowships:
  • Washington University in St. Louis, Hepatobiliary and Abdominal Transplant Surgery (2014)
  • University of Colorado, Transplant Surgery (2015)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Transplant
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