Malcolm MacConmara, M.D.

Malcolm MacConmara, M.D.

  • Surgery - Surgical Transplantation
  • Liver Transplant Surgery
  • Kidney Transplant Evaluations


Malcolm MacConmara, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Transplantation in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He focuses on transplants of the kidney, liver, and pancreas both in children and adults. Dr. MacConmara is also trained in immunology and concentrates his research on strategies to prevent organ rejection.

After earning his medical degree at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dr. MacConmara completed an internship at Adelaide and Meath Hospitals in Dublin. He then completed his residency in general surgery, including a year of training in kidney/liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgery, at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the U.K. He performed a research fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, followed by a second residency in general surgery at Washington University. He then received advanced training in abdominal organ transplantation through a fellowship at Emory University.

One of Dr. MacConmara’s main research projects focuses on the development of a clinically relevant murine model to investigate preventive strategies in antibody mediated rejection following cardiac transplantation.

He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (M.R.C.S.Ed.), the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the American Society of Transplantation, and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

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Meet Dr. MacConmara

Organ Transplant Specialist

Organ transplant specialist Malcolm MacConmara, M.D., knows a successful organ transplant requires more than surgical expertise. His transplant philosophy is to “choose carefully and watch closely.”

Skilled in traditional, laparoscopic, and minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. MacConmara performs adult and pediatric transplants of the liver, kidney, and pancreas at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dually trained in transplant surgery and immunology, Dr. MacConmara also studies new ways to assess organs and prepare them for transplant.

He says successful transplants require planning, involvement of a strong multidisciplinary team, and a partnership among the team, the patient, and the patient’s family.

“I encourage a very strong relationship with my patients and their families to engage them in the process and help them understand what’s going to happen in the short term and in the long term,” he says.

“A successful transplant has to go well surgically, but that’s just the beginning. Making the organ last is a lifelong commitment for everyone involved.”

Focusing mainly on kidney and liver transplants, Dr. MacConmara is an expert in strategies to prevent organ rejection. That’s where his immunological expertise comes in.

His goal is to be able to modify an organ before it’s transplanted into a patient to help improve the long-term outcome.

“With kidneys, we now expect to see more than a 95 percent one-year survival rate,” he says. “The long-term outcomes are where we really need to improve. We’re working on how to achieve a 95 percent survival rate at 10 years.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital (2012-2014), Transplant Surgery
  • Residency - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2007-2012), General Surgery
  • Fellowship - Brigham and Women's Hospital (2004-2007), Research
  • Residency - Newcastle-upon-Tyne Surgical Training Scheme (2000-2004), General Surgery
  • Internship - Adelaide and Meath Hospitals (1999-2000), Surgery
  • Medical School - University of Dublin (1993-1999)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Society of Transplant Surgery (ASTS) (2014)

Clinical Focus

  • Liver Transplant Surgery
  • Kidney Transplant Evaluations
  • Kidney Transplant Surgery
  • Liver Transplant Evaluations

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