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Maria Stapfer, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
1510 San Pablo St. Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 5891


Dr. Stapfer attended the University of Hawaii on a 4 year full athletic scholarship where she played basketball for the university while obtaining her degree in biology. She subsequently completed her medical degree at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia where she obtained Alpha Omega Alpha status and graduated cum laude. She completed her general surgery training at USC followed by board certification by the American College of Surgeons in 2003. During her residency Dr. Stapfer managed to have two healthy children. She then completed a fellowship in hepatobiliary and pancreas surgery followed by an abdominal organ transplant fellowship at USC. Dr. Stapfer has extensive training in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery having completed 5 years of training in the field including an abdominal organ transplant fellowship for liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation.


Complicated gallstone disease: diagnosis and management of Mirizzi syndrome. Surg Endosc. 2017 May; 31(5):2215-2222. 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

Donor-derived Coccidioides immitis fungemia in solid organ transplant recipients. Transpl Infect Dis. 2012 Jun; 14(3):305-10. View in: PubMed

Removal of a large hepatic neuroendocrine tumor causing Budd-Chiari syndrome using a median sternotomy approach in conjunction with a midline laparotomy incision. Am Surg. 2011 Feb; 77(2):E27-9. View in: PubMed

Alternate method to secure the aorta for organ perfusion in donation after cardiac death donors. Transpl Int. 2008 Dec; 21(12):1190-1. View in: PubMed

Intraoperative umbilical herniorrhaphy during liver transplantation. Surgery. 2008 Mar; 143(3):451-2. View in: PubMed

Ischemic mass effect from biliary surgical clips. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2008 Feb; 18(1):84-7. 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

Impact of a transfusion-free program on non-Jehovah's Witness patients undergoing liver transplantation. Arch Surg. 2006 Sep; 141(9):913-7. View in: PubMed

Risk factors for graft survival after liver transplantation from donation after cardiac death donors: an analysis of OPTN/UNOS data. Am J Transplant. 2006 Apr; 6(4):791-6. View in: PubMed

Pancreaticoduodenectomy in adults with congenital intestinal rotation disorders. Pancreas. 2005 Nov; 31(4):413-5. View in: PubMed

Transfusion-free techniques in pediatric live donor liver transplantation. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2005 Apr; 40(4):521-3. View in: PubMed

Establishment of a nude mouse model of hepatic metastasis for evaluation of targeted retroviral gene delivery. J Surg Oncol. 2003 Feb; 82(2):121-30; discussion 131. View in: PubMed

Management of duodenal perforation after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and sphincterotomy. Ann Surg. 2000 Aug; 232(2):191-8. View in: PubMed

Molecular engineering of matrix-targeted retroviral vectors incorporating a surveillance function inherent in von Willebrand factor. Hum Gene Ther. 2000 May 1; 11(7):983-93. View in: PubMed

Molecular engineering of matrix-targeted retroviral vectors incorporating a surveillance function inherent in von Willebrand factor. Hum Gene Ther. 2000 May 01; 11(7):983-93. View in: PubMed

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