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Christopher R. Connelly, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation, School of Medicine


Dr. Chris Connelly received a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University in 2006.  Before medical school, he helped lead the Ride for World Health, a cross country bicycle trip from California to Delaware used as a fundraising tool for international healthcare initiatives.  He then completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2011.  After medical school, he completed his general surgery internship and residency at Oregon Health & Science University from 2011–2018.  During his residency training, he completed a two-year research fellowship with the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, where he studied coagulopathy associated with injury and hemorrhagic shock, as well as other projects in surgical outcomes and surgical education.  He then completed a fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery at the University of Michigan in 2020.  During his fellowship, Dr. Connelly received training in adult and pediatric kidney and liver transplantation, living donor kidney and liver transplantation, pancreas transplantation, organ recovery and preservation techniques, dialysis access surgery, and liver, bile duct, and pancreas surgery for benign and malignant conditions. 

Dr. Connelly joined the faculty at OHSU in 2020.  He is an active multiorgan transplant surgeon with an elective hepatobiliary practice as well.  He is also interested in expanding access to living donation through robotic surgery and is helping to build a robotic surgery transplant program at OHSU.  His research interests include ischemia reperfusion injury, access to transplantation, and transplant outcomes.  He is the Associate Program Director of the AHPBA Fellowship Council Accredited Hepato-pancreatico-biliary Fellowship at OHSU since 2024.  He is also an active member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. 

Outside of work, Dr. Connelly loves to mountain bike, ski, surf, and to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest with his family.

Education and training

    • B.S., 2006, Yale University
    • M.D., 2011, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Internship

    • General Surgery, OHSU, 2011-2012
  • Residency

    • General Surgery, OHSU, 2012-2018
  • Fellowship

    • Research, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, OHSU, 2014-2016
    • Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery, University Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2018-2020
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Surgery, 2018

Memberships and associations:

  • America Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Mackenzie Society
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association for Surgical Education
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • American Thoracic Society

Honors and awards

  • Best Resident OHSU Transplant Surgery Service – Oregon Health & Science University Graduation Banquet, Portland, OR, 2017
  • Making a Difference Award, Michigan Medicine Employee Recognition Program, Ann Arbor, MI, 2020


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