A liver transplant surgeon who wants to avoid liver transplants

Khashayar Vakili Vector liver transplant metabolic diseaseIn the clinical world, Boston Children’s Hospital surgeon Khashayar Vakili, MD, specializes in liver, kidney and intestinal transplant surgeries, while in the lab he is doing work that could help some patients avoid a transplant altogether.

Among other things, Vakili is exploring autologous hepatocyte transplantation for metabolic disorders, but with a twist. He and stem cell biologist Fernando Camargo, PhD, want to find out whether it is possible to correct enzyme deficiencies in a patient’s own hepatocytes and transplant them back into the liver.

Learn more about Vakili’s work in metabolic liver diseases and hepatocellular carcinoma on Vector.