Jameson Forster, MD, FACS, FRCS

Professor of Surgery
General, Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic, and Transplant Surgery

Dr. Forster came to the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1989 to start and lead the Liver Transplant Program. He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and completed his General Surgery Residency and Research in Surgical Metabolism at Brown University by 1987. He went on to the Toronto General Hospital in Toronto, Canada for two years of specialized fellowship training in Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Surgical Intensive Care and Liver Transplantation.

Next, he led the effort to develop Liver Transplantation at KU, starting in the summer of 1989 and culminating in the first successful liver transplant in Kansas on February 27, 1990. He also focused on developing the University of Kansas Hospital as a referral source for advanced hepatobiliary surgery and initiated ablation surgery for the treatment of liver masses, first with cryosurgery, then with radiofrequency ablation, and finally with microwave ablation. He also helped established gastric electrical stimulation as an important therapy for patients with gastroparesis, especially diabetics.

Dr. Forster continues to focus on Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Surgery and Liver/Kidney Transplantation. He is particularly interested in the multidisciplinary treatment of metastatic cancer to the liver and primary liver cancers, working closely with hepatologists, surgical, medical and radiation oncologists to give his patients the most advanced care in the region. He is involved in both retrospective and prospective research, especially through the Liver Center. He is always available to discuss difficult patient problems and review their imaging studies regardless of where the patients may be receiving care.


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Last modified: Oct 21, 2013


Jameson Forster, MD, FACS, FRCS
Professor of Surgery

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