Steven I. Hanish, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, as well as the Surgical Director of UTSW’s Adult Liver Transplantation Program and Director of its Living-Donor Liver Transplantation Program. He specializes in complex surgeries of the liver and bile duct.

Dr. Hanish earned his medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at Duke University School of Medicine and received advanced training in transplant surgery through a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. He performed additional training at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, learning the techniques of performing living-donor liver transplantation.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Hanish was recruited to the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2013, where, as the director of hepatobiliary surgery, he helped Maryland’s liver transplant program become the third largest in the United States. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2018.

Dr. Hanish’s living-donor transplant outcomes are among the best in the country, and he is a co-founder of the living-donor program in UT Southwestern’s liver failure service. His clinical focus is on expanding the availability of liver transplant – from both living and deceased donors – to patients who weren’t previously eligible for transplant due to their age, obesity, tumor size, or insufficient sobriety time.

A specialist in the full spectrum of hepatobiliary surgery, Dr. Hanish is also highly experienced in repairing injuries to the bile duct, such as those that can occur during gall bladder surgery.

His research endeavors focus on liver failure and liver transplant. In addition, he serves on the editorial board of Transplantation Reviews and is an ad hoc reviewer for Journal of Surgical Research, Journal of Surgical Oncology, and Liver Transplantation.

Dr. Hanish is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, and the American Society of Transplantation. He was also a course organizer and instructor for the Donation after Cardiac Death Liver Instructional Course.


Medical School
Indiana University School of Medicine (2000)
Duke University Medical Center (2007)
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics (2009), Transplant Surgery