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Lea Kiku Matsuoka, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Associate Program Director, CHLA Kidney Transplant Program
HCC 514 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 565 0173


Dr. Matsuoka completed her medical school and residency in General Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Following her residency she completed a fellowship in Abdominal Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery at USC in 2008.

Dr. Matsuoka specializes in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation. She is trained in the surgical management of benign and malignant diseases of the pancreas, liver and gallbladder. This includes the treatment of liver cancer and pancreatic cancer, as well as the management of severe pancreatitis and stone disease. She has an active interest in laparoscopic liver and pancreatic surgery. Dr. Matsuoka is an active member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.


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Improvement in the Outcomes of MELD = 40 Liver Transplantation: An Analysis of 207 Consecutive Transplants in a Highly Competitive DSA. Transplantation. 2017 Mar 18. View in: PubMed

Effects of Recipient Size and Allograft Type on Pediatric Liver Transplantation for Biliary Atresia. Liver Transpl. 2016 Nov 10. View in: PubMed

National Outcomes of Liver Transplantation for MELD = 40: The Impact of Share 35. Am J Transplant. 2016 Apr 11. View in: PubMed

Multiple Preoperative Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography and Large Common Bile Duct Diameter Predict the Need for Complex Surgery. Am Surg. 2016 Feb; 82(2):122-7. View in: PubMed

Kidney transplantation in the Hispanic population. Clin Transplant. 2016 Feb; 30(2):118-23. View in: PubMed

Pulmonary nodules in liver transplant candidates with hepatocellular carcinoma: Imaging characteristics and clinical outcomes. Liver Transpl. 2015 Sep; 21(9):1169-78. View in: PubMed

Surgical transgastric debridement of walled off pancreatic necrosis: an option for patients with necrotizing pancreatitis. Surg Endosc. 2015 Mar; 29(3):575-82. View in: PubMed

Massive pancreatic pseudocyst with portal vein fistula: Case report and proposed treatment algorithm. Pancreatology. 2015 Jan-Feb; 15(1):88-93. View in: PubMed

Intraoperative hemodialysis during liver transplantation: A decade of experience. Liver Transpl. 2014 Jul; 20(7):756-64. View in: PubMed

Trisectionectomy for cholangiocarcinoma: is it worth it? Am Surg. Trisectionectomy for cholangiocarcinoma: is it worth it? Am Surg. 2014 Jun; 80(6):544-8. View in: PubMed

The portal vein-variceal anastomosis: an important technique for establishing portal vein inflow. Clin Transplant. 2014 Jan; 28(1):52-7. View in: PubMed

Combined surgical resection and radiofrequency ablation as treatment for metastatic ocular melanoma. Surg Today. 2013 Apr; 43(4):367-71. View in: PubMed

Outcomes after liver transplantation in patients achieving a model for end-stage liver disease score of 40 or higher. Transplantation. 2013 Feb 15; 95(3):507-12. View in: PubMed

Intra-aortic balloon pump for hemodynamic support in hepatobiliary surgery: report of a case. Surg Today. 2012 Aug; 42(8):793-6. View in: PubMed

The impact of hepatic portoenterostomy on liver transplantation for the treatment of biliary atresia: Early failure adversely affects outcome. Pediatr Transplant. 2012 Jun; 16(4):373-8. View in: PubMed

The minimally invasive approach to surgical management of pancreatic diseases. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2012 Mar; 41(1):77-101. View in: PubMed

The surgical management of pancreatic cancer. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2012 Mar; 41(1):211-21. View in: PubMed

Cytomegalovirus prophylaxis in solid organ transplantation. Curr Med Chem. 2012; 19(35):5957-63. View in: PubMed

Pulsatile perfusion of kidney allografts. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2009 Aug; 14(4):365-9. View in: PubMed

Gallbladder mass with a carbohydrate antigen 19-9 level in the thousands: malignant or benign pathology? Report of a case. Gallbladder mass with a carbohydrate antigen 19-9 level in the thousands: malignant or benign pathology? Report of a case. Surg Today. 2007; 37(4):342-4. View in: PubMed

Left extended hepatectomy for a metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor after a disease-free interval of 17 years: report of a case. Surg Today. 2007; 37(1):70-3. View in: PubMed

High seroprevalence of anti-HTLV-I/II antibodies among solid organ donors necessitates confirmatory testing. Transplantation. 2006 Nov 15; 82(9):1210-3. View in: PubMed

Extended pancreatectomy with resection of the celiac axis: the modified Appleby operation. Am J Surg. 2006 Sep; 192(3):330-5. View in: PubMed

Expanding the donor kidney pool: utility of renal allografts procured in a setting of uncontrolled cardiac death. Am J Transplant. 2006 Jul; 6(7):1682-8. View in: PubMed

Iatrogenic pseudoaneurysms of the extrahepatic arterial vasculature: management and outcome. HPB (Oxford). 2006; 8(6):458-64. View in: PubMed

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