Robert Rick Selby, MD

Professor of Surgery

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Dr. Selby is a Professor of Surgery at the USC School of Medicine, as well as Director of the Liver Transplantation Program and Chief of the Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery. Dr. Selby graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri School of Medicine at Columbia, Missouri. Before joining USC, Dr. Selby served on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh where he trained in multi-organ transplantations and hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery. He remained at University of Pittsburgh where he was also Director of the Multiorgan Transplantation Fellowship, Dr. Selby has trained more than 45 transplant surgeons who currently participate in transplant programs throughout the world. Dr. Selby is board certified in general surgery and general surgical critical care. His research interests include transfusion free surgery, surgery for neuroendocrine tumors, primary and metastatic liver tumors, peri-ampullary cancers, pancreatic cancers, bile duct injuries, and cholangiocarcinoma.


  • Jehovah’s witness head and neck free flap reconstruction patient outcomes Am J Otolaryngol. 2023 Jan-Feb; 44(1):103681. . View in PubMed
  • A Potential Role for Robotic Cholecystectomy in Patients with Advanced Liver Disease: Analysis of the NSQIP Database Am Surg. 2020 Apr 01; 86(4):341-345. . View in PubMed
  • Contemporary Policies Regarding Alcohol and Marijuana Use Among Liver Transplant Programs in the United States Transplantation. 2018 03; 102(3):433-439. . View in PubMed
  • Pediatric liver transplantation for hepatocellular cancer and rare liver malignancies: US multicenter and single-center experience (1981-2015) Liver Transpl. 2017 12; 23(12):1577-1588. . View in PubMed
  • Complicated gallstone disease: diagnosis and management of Mirizzi syndrome Surg Endosc. 2017 05; 31(5):2215-2222. . View in PubMed
  • To measure or not to measure direct oral anticoagulants before surgery or invasive procedures: comment J Thromb Haemost. 2017 01; 15(1):200-202. . View in PubMed
  • Multidisciplinary Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis-Related Recurrent Pyogenic Cholangitis (CF-RPC) Dig Dis Sci. 2015 Jun; 60(6):1801-4. . View in PubMed
  • Biliary sarcoidosis: early diagnosis minimizes the need for surgery Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Mar 01; 187(5):556-9. . View in PubMed
  • Prospective study of therapeutic spiral enteroscopy in patients with surgically altered anatomy Surg Endosc. 2013 Feb; 27(2):671-8. . 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
  • Blood-management programs: a clinical and administrative model with program implementation strategies Perm J. 2009; 13(1):18-28. . 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
  • IMPDH1 gene polymorphisms and association with acute rejection in renal transplant patients Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2008 May; 83(5):711-7. . View in PubMed
  • Intraoperative umbilical herniorrhaphy during liver transplantation Surgery. 2008 Mar; 143(3):451-2. . View in PubMed
  • Living related donor nephrectomy in transfusion refusing donors Transpl Int. 2007 Jun; 20(6):490-6. . View in PubMed
  • Utility versus utilization of DCD liver allografts Am J Transplant. 2007 Jan; 7(1):263. . View in PubMed
  • Comparison of renal allograft outcomes in combined liver-kidney transplantation versus subsequent kidney transplantation in liver transplant recipients: Analysis of UNOS Database Transplantation. 2006 Nov 27; 82(10):1298-303. . View in PubMed
  • Prospective evaluation of vascular complications after liver transplantation: comparison of conventional and microbubble contrast-enhanced US Radiology. 2006 Oct; 241(1):267-74. . 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
  • Pulsatile perfusion reduces the incidence of delayed graft function in expanded criteria donor kidney transplantation Am J Transplant. 2006 Jun; 6(6):1473-8. . 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
  • A comparison of sirolimus vscalcineurin inhibitor-based immunosuppressive therapies in liver transplantation. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2006 Feb 15; 23(4):513-20. . View in PubMed
  • Iatrogenic pseudoaneurysms of the extrahepatic arterial vasculature: management and outcome HPB (Oxford). 2006; 8(6):458-64. . View in PubMed
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy in adults with congenital intestinal rotation disorders Pancreas. 2005 Nov; 31(4):413-5. . View in PubMed
  • Renal biopsy donor group: the influence of glomerulosclerosis on transplant outcomes Transplant Proc. 2005 Mar; 37(2):712-3. . View in PubMed
  • Unusual cases of jaundice secondary to non-neoplastic bile duct obstruction Am Surg. 2004 Jul; 70(7):620-4. . View in PubMed
  • Comparison of outcomes in noncomplicated and in higher-risk donors after standard versus hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy Am Surg. 2003 Sep; 69(9):771-8. . View in PubMed
  • Analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing database comparing renal allografts and patient survival in combined liver-kidney transplantation with the contralateral allografts in kidney alone or kidney-pancreas transplantation Transplantation. 2003 Jul 27; 76(2):348-53. . View in PubMed
  • Liver transplantation in cystic fibrosis Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2001 Nov; 7(6):441-7. . View in PubMed
  • Live-donor liver transplantation: the USC experience Acta Chir Belg. 2001 Sep-Oct; 101(5):220-3. . View in PubMed
  • Organs for transplantation N Engl J Med. 2000 Dec 07; 343(23):1731; author reply 1732. . View in PubMed
  • Management of duodenal perforation after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and sphincterotomy Ann Surg. 2000 Aug; 232(2):191-8. . View in PubMed
  • Renal cell carcinoma metastatic to the pancreas: a single-institution series and review of the literature Urology. 2000 Aug 01; 56(2):211-5. . View in PubMed
  • Liver transplantation and chemotherapy for hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular cancer in childhood and adolescence J Pediatr. 2000 Jun; 136(6):795-804. . View in PubMed
  • Does an infected peripancreatic fluid collection or abscess mandate operation? Ann Surg. 2000 Mar; 231(3):361-7.. View in PubMed
  • Surgical management of biliary gallstone disease during pregnancy Am J Surg. 1999 Dec; 178(6):545-8. . View in PubMed
  • Current management of recurrent pyogenic cholangitis Am Surg. 1999 Oct; 65(10):939-43. . View in PubMed
  • Does transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) resolve thrombocytopenia associated with cirrhosis? Dig Dis Sci. 1998 Nov; 43(11):2459-62.. View in PubMed
  • Adrenal cortical carcinoma associated with a splenic vein tumor thrombus Scand J Urol Nephrol. 1998 Apr; 32(2):140-2. . View in PubMed
  • Brain abscess in solid organ transplant recipients receiving cyclosporine-based immunosuppression Arch Surg. 1997 Mar; 132(3):304-10. . View in PubMed
  • Hepatic artery angioplasty after liver transplantation: experience in 21 allografts J Vasc Interv Radiol. 1995 Jul-Aug; 6(4):523-9. . View in PubMed
  • Orthotopic liver transplantation for benign hepatic neoplasms Arch Surg. 1995 Feb; 130(2):153-6. . View in PubMed
  • One thousand consecutive primary orthotopic liver transplants under FK 506: survival and adverse events Transplant Proc. 1995 Feb; 27(1):1099-104. . View in PubMed
  • Liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma World J Surg. 1995 Jan-Feb; 19(1):53-8. . View in PubMed
  • Venovenous bypass using inferior mesenteric vein for portal decompression during orthotopic hepatic transplantation J Am Coll Surg. 1995 Jan; 180(1):100. . View in PubMed
  • Alternative procedure for failed reconstruction of a right replaced hepatic artery in liver transplantation Transpl Int. 1995; 8(5):414-7. . View in PubMed
  • Single-center experience with primary orthotopic liver transplantation with FK 506 immunosuppression Ann Surg. 1994 Sep; 220(3):297-308; discussion 308-9. . View in PubMed
  • Early clinical and histologic viability of human liver-small intestinal allografts after implantation Clin Transplant. 1994 Feb; 8(1):49-53. . View in PubMed
  • Donor selection and surgical technique for en bloc liver-small bowel graft procurement Transplant Proc. 1993 Aug; 25(4):2622-3. . View in PubMed
  • Intestinal transplantation in children under FK 506 immunosuppression J Pediatr Surg. 1993 Aug; 28(8):1040-3. . View in PubMed
  • The relationship of systemic hemodynamics and oxygen consumption to early allograft failure after liver transplantation Transpl Int. 1993 Mar; 6(2):73-6. . View in PubMed
  • Prolonged survival after liver transplantation and cancer chemotherapy for advanced-stage hepatocellular carcinoma Transplant Proc. 1993 Feb; 25(1 Pt 2):1128-9. . View in PubMed
  • The 11-year Pittsburgh experience with liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma: 1981-1991 J Surg Oncol Suppl. 1993; 3:78-82. . View in PubMed
  • Logistics and technique for combined hepatic-intestinal retrieval Ann Surg. 1992 Nov; 216(5):605-9. . View in PubMed
  • Intestinal transplantation in composite visceral grafts or alone Ann Surg. 1992 Sep; 216(3):223-33; discussion 233-4. . View in PubMed
  • Clinical small bowel or small bowel plus liver transplantation under FK 506 Transplant Proc. 1991 Dec; 23(6):3093-5. . View in PubMed
  • Hepatic resection versus transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma Ann Surg. 1991 Sep; 214(3):221-8; discussion 228-9. . View in PubMed
  • Clinicopathologic factors affecting patient survival and tumor recurrence after orthotopic liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma Transplant Proc. 1991 Aug; 23(4):2194-6. . View in PubMed
  • Liver transplantation in patients over sixty years of age Transplantation. 1991 Jan; 51(1):271-3. . View in PubMed
  • The clinical significance of the arterial ketone body ratio as an early indicator of graft viability in human liver transplantation Transplantation. 1991 Jan; 51(1):164-71. . View in PubMed
  • The liver transplant waiting list–a single-center analysis Transplantation. 1991 Jan; 51(1):128-34. . View in PubMed