Michael Wachs, MD
Professor, Surgery-Transplant

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Medical School:
  • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1988)
Graduate School :
  • MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (1988)
Undergraduate School:
  • AB, Harvard University (MA) (1980)
Internship:
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1989)
Residency:
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Chief Resident, Surgery (1993)
Fellowships:
  • University of California (San Francisco) Program, Surgery, Transplant Surgery (1995)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Transplant

Professional Titles

  • Chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery CHCO
  • Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery

Teaching

  • Professor of Surgery (1995)
    School of Medicine, Surgery
    Transplant , Hepatobiliary Surgery, Pediatric Transplant Surgery

Publications

  • Yoeli D, Choudhury RA, Nydam TL, Pomposelli JJ, Goss JA, Pomfret EA, Wachs ME, Adams MA. The Surge in Deceased Liver Donors Due to the Opioid Epidemic: Is it Time to Split the Difference?. Transplantation. 2020 Oct 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33065726
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chirichella TJ, Dunham CM, Zimmerman MA, Phelan EM, Mandell MS, Conzen KD, Kelley SE, Nydam TL, Bak TE, Kam I, Wachs ME. Donor preoperative oxygen delivery and post-extubation hypoxia impact donation after circulatory death hypoxic cholangiopathy. World J Gastroenterol. 2016 Mar 28;22(12):3392-403. PubMed PMID: 27022221
  • Kriss M, Wachs M, Attwell A. An Unusual Cause of Right Upper Quadrant Pain in a Patient With Prior Liver Transplantation for Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. Gastroenterology. 2016 Mar;150(3):e7-9. PubMed PMID: 26827800
  • Mandell MS, Seres T, Lindenfeld J, Biggins SW, Chascsa D, Ahlgren B, Wachs M, Bambha KM. Risk factors associated with acute heart failure during liver transplant surgery: a case control study. Transplantation. 2015 Apr;99(4):873-8. PubMed PMID: 25208319
  • Mandell MS, Seres T, Lindenfeld J, Biggins SW, Chascsa D, Ahlgren B, Wachs M, Bambha KM. Risk Factors Associated With Acute Heart Failure During Liver Transplant Surgery: A Case Control Study. Transplantation. 2014 Sep 9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25208319
  • Kelly MA, Kaplan M, Nydam T, Wachs M, Bak T, Kam I, Zimmerman MA. Sirolimus reduces the risk of significant hepatic fibrosis after liver transplantation for hepatitis C virus: a single-center experience. Transplant Proc. 2013 Nov;45(9):3325-8. PubMed PMID: 24182811
  • Maybrook RJ, Campsen J, Wachs ME, Levi ME. A case of Mycobacterium mucogenicum infection in a liver transplant recipient and a review of the literature. Transpl Infect Dis. 2013 Dec;15(6):E260-3. PubMed PMID: 24131754
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Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), Member
  • American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA), Member
  • The Transplantation Society (TTS), Member
  • Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), Member
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS), Member
  • International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS), Member
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD), Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

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 (2015)
  • Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery, Specialized Training (1995)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Surgery - Liver Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery - Kidney Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery - Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery - Pancreas Transplant Surgery
  • Digestive System - Biliary Surgery
  • Digestive System - Hepatology (Liver Disorders)
  • Kidneys and Urinary System
  • Kidneys and Urinary System - Kidney Failure
  • Kidneys and Urinary System - Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Surgery
  • Surgery - Major Liver Surgery (Hepatobiliary)
  • Digestive System
Clinical Interests
Transplant Surgery Adult and Pediatric Deceased and living donor transplant Hepatobiliary Surgery

Care Philosophy
I believe in providing excellent and compassionate personal care of my patients. I treat my patients as if they were a member of my own family.

Personal Interests
Music, Motorcycle riding, swimming

Volunteer Activities
NKF,American Transplant Foundation, ALF

Public Speaking
Yes

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1988)
Graduate Schools:
  • MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (1988)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • AB, Harvard University (MA) (1980)
Internships:
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1989)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Chief Resident, Surgery (1993)
Fellowships:
  • University of California (San Francisco) Program, Surgery, Transplant Surgery (1995)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Transplant
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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