James Pomposelli, MD, PhD
Professor, Surgery-Transplant

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Medical Schools:
  • PhD, Boston University School of Medicine (1990)
  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine (1990)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Rhode Island (RI) (1982)
Internship:
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School Program (1991)
Residency:
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (1995)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Transplant

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Surgery-Transplant
  • Professor of Surgery
  • Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation

Recognition & Awards

  • Guide to Americas Best Surgeons, Consumers' Research Council of America (2016)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Third Year Medical Students, Tufts Medical School (2015)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Third Year Medical Students, Tufts Medical School (2014)
  • Visiting Professor in Transplantation, Department of Transplantation, University of Pennsylvania (2014)
  • Guide to Americas Best Surgeons, Consumers' Research Council of America (2013)
  • America’s Best Doctors, U.S. News (2011)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Third Year Medical Students, Tufts Medical School (2008)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Third Year Medical Students, Tufts Medical School (2007)
  • Selected to Vanguard Committee, American Society of Transplant Surgeons (2006)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Third Year Medical Students, Tufts Medical School (2006)
  • Selected to Vanguard Committee, American Society of Transplant Surgeons (2005)
  • Selected to Vanguard Committee, American Society of Transplant Surgeons (2004)
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery, Washington Hospital Center (2004)
  • Selected to Vanguard Committee, American Society of Transplant Surgeons (2003)
  • Young Surgeon Travel Award, 96th Annual Congress, Japan Surgical Society (1996)
    Paper Presentation “Work of breathing as a criteria for weaning ventilator dependent patients.”
  • Stanley Dudrick Research Scholar Award Finalist, American Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (1992)
  • Charles E. Culpepper Research Fellow, Charles E. Culpepper Foundation (1990)
  • Stanley Dudrick Research Scholar Award Finalist, American Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition. (1990)
  • Harry M. Vars Research Award Finalist, American Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (1989)
  • Charles E. Culpepper Research Fellow, Charles E. Culpepper Foundation (1989)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Boston University School of Medicine (1989)
  • Harry M. Vars Research Award Finalist, American Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (1988)
  • American Institute of Nutrition (FASEB/AIN) Graduate Student Research Award, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (1988)
  • Charles E. Culpepper Research Fellow, Charles E. Culpepper Foundation (1988)
  • Harry M. Vars Research Award Finalist, American Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (1987)

Research Interests

I am interested in improving outcomes for live donor liver transplantation through surgical innovations. I was co-investigator in the NIH funded A2ALL study surgical innovation work-group. I am also interested in new surgical approaches to metastatic cancer to the liver using the ALPPS procedure.

Publications

  • Kim D, Bolus C, Iqbal S, Pomposelli J, Flacke S. Percutaneous Creation of Intrahepatic Biliary Tract for Treatment of Posthepatectomy Excluded Segmental Bile Duct Leak. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2018 Dec;29(12):1770-1772. PubMed PMID: 30502880
  • Bababekov YJ, Hung YC, Rickert CG, Njoku FC, Cao B, Adler JT, Brega AG, Pomposelli JJ, Chang DC, Yeh H. Health Literacy Burden Is Associated with Access to Liver Transplantation. Transplantation. 2018 Nov 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30431496
  • Leppard W, Pomposelli T, Chang EI, Suliman A, Herrera F. Internal mammary usability as recipient vessels in DIEP breast reconstruction in the setting of previous radiation. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2018 Aug;71(8):1123-1128. PubMed PMID: 29933915
  • Rivard CJ, Tanabe T, Lanaspa MA, Watanabe H, Nomura S, Andres-Hernando A, Garth K, Sekijima M, Ishimoto T, Ariyoshi Y, Garcia GE, Shah J, Lennan B, Tasaki M, Pomposelli T, Shimizu A, Sachs DH, Johnson RJ, Yamada K. Upregulation of CD80 on glomerular podocytes plays an important role in development of proteinuria following pig-to-baboon xeno-renal transplantation - an experimental study. Transpl Int. 2018 Oct;31(10):1164-1177. PubMed PMID: 29722117
  • Bababekov YJ, Nydam TL, Pomposelli JJ, Moore HB. Goal-directed Management of Coagulation: The Right Treatment, the Right Patient, the Right Time. Transplantation. 2018 Jun;102(6):e303-e304. PubMed PMID: 29557909
  • Fiz F, Villa G, Ferrari E, Pomposelli E, Morbelli S, Alloisio A, Pende D, Meazza R, Gereloni C, Marini C, Ratto GB, Sambuceti G. Prevention of systemic toxicity in hyperthermic isolated lung perfusion using radioisotopic leakage monitoring. Int J Hyperthermia. 2018 Jun;34(4):469-478. PubMed PMID: 28705098
  • Bababekov YJ, Ven Fong Z, Chang DC, Simpson MA, Yeh H, Pomposelli JJ. Is liver transplant education patient-centered?. Liver Transpl. 2017 Aug;23(8):1070-1072. PubMed PMID: 28618164
  • Baker TB, Zimmerman MA, Goodrich NP, Samstein B, Pomfret EA, Pomposelli JJ, Gillespie BW, Berg CL, Emond JC, Merion RM. Biliary reconstructive techniques and associated anatomic variants in adult living donor liver transplantations: The adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation cohort study experience. Liver Transpl. 2017 Dec;23(12):1519-1530. PubMed PMID: 28926171
  • Emond JC, Goodrich NP, Pomposelli JJ, Baker TB, Humar A, Grant DR, Abt P, Friese CE, Fisher RA, Kam I, Sherker AH, Gillespie BW, Merion RM. Hepatic Hemodynamics and Portal Flow Modulation: The A2ALL Experience. Transplantation. 2017 Oct;101(10):2375-2384. PubMed PMID: 28514251
  • Bababekov YJ, Pomposelli JJ, Yeh H, Rudd RE, Chang DC. Surgical Outcomes: Shifting the Focus From Measurement to Improvement. Ann Surg. 2016 Mar 31. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27043741
  • Pomposelli JJ. Hepatic Artery Thrombosis After Liver Transplant: Not A Surgical Problem?. Transplantation. 2016 Nov;100(11):2251. PubMed PMID: 27547869
  • Pomposelli JJ, Goodrich NP, Emond JC, Humar A, Baker TB, Grant DR, Fisher RA, Roberts JP, Olthoff KM, Gillespie BW, Merion RM. Patterns of Early Allograft Dysfunction in Adult Live Donor Liver Transplantation: The A2ALL Experience. Transplantation. 2016 Jul;100(7):1490-9. PubMed PMID: 27326811
  • Bababekov YJ, Pomposelli JJ, Yeh H, Rudd RE, Chang DC. Surgical Outcomes: Shifting the Focus From Measurement to Improvement. Ann Surg. 2016 Mar 31. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27043741
  • Genyk Y, Kato T, Pomposelli JJ, Wright JK Jr, Sher LS, Tetens V, Chapman WC. Fibrin Sealant Patch (TachoSil) vs Oxidized Regenerated Cellulose Patch (Surgicel Original) for the Secondary Treatment of Local Bleeding in Patients Undergoing Hepatic Resection: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Mar;222(3):261-8. PubMed PMID: 26776356
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Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Co-Chair Legislative and Regulatory Committee
  • Massachusetts Medical Society, Member
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Boston Chapter, Member
  • American College of Surgeons, Member
  • New England Surgical Society, Member
  • Boston Surgical Society, Member
  • American Liver Foundation, Member
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 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 (1998, 2008)
  • Robotic Surgery, Certificate (2015)
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Certificate (1999)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Surgery - Kidney Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Surgery - Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Surgery - Liver Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery - Pancreas Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery - Transplant Surgery
  • Cancers - Biliary Cancer
  • Cancers
  • Cancers - Pancreatic Cancer
  • Digestive System - Hepatology (Liver Disorders)
  • Digestive System
  • Digestive System - Pancreas Surgery
  • Digestive System - Biliary Surgery
Clinical Interests
My many clinical interests include: live donor liver and kidney transplantation and liver cancer surgery.

Care Philosophy
I strive to provide the best care for my patients by treating them as I would want my parents treated.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • PhD, Boston University School of Medicine (1990)
  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine (1990)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Rhode Island (RI) (1982)
Internships:
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School Program (1991)
Residency Programs:
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (1995)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Transplant
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