Susan L. Orloff M.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Chief, Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation; surgical director, liver transplantation

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

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (60 Ratings, 19 Comments)


  • Cancer
  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

Special focus on

  • Abdominal Organ Transplantation
  • Abdominal Organ Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Liver Cancer


  • M.D., University of California Medical Center, San Fransico, San Francisco California USA 1984
  • Residency:

    • General aurgery, University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center, San Francisco, CA 1986-1992
  • Fellowship:

    • Visiting fellow, Department of Surgery, State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, NY 1989
  • Certifications:

    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 1993


Dr. Susan L. Orloff is professor of surgery, the director and chief of abdominal organ transplantation at Oregon Health & Science University, and chief of the Liver Transplant Program at the Portland VA Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of California, San Diego, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She then obtained her medical degree and was AOA from the University of California, San Francisco. She subsequently completed her residency and abdominal organ transplant fellowship at the UCSF, and has been practicing transplant surgery and hepatobiliary surgery in Portland for the past 19 years. 

She has served as the director of the Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank and previously served as the director of Basic Science Research and vice chair of research in the Department of Surgery for eight years. Dr. Orloff established and now supervises a highly productive NIH and VA-merit review funded laboratory and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. 

Her passion for teaching and working with fellows, residents and students is exemplified by having won three teaching awards at OHSU. She is internationally recognized as a leader in hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 20 book chapters in the fieldsof transplant immunology and tolerance, mechanisms of cytomegalovirus infection and accelerated rejection in solid organ transplants, outcomes in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. 

Dr. Orloff is on the editorial board of 3 journals and is an invited reviewer for 16. She is an active member of several surgical societies including currently serving as governor to the American College of Surgeons for the prestigious American Surgical Association. In additionshe serves as councilor–at-large for the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, she is the American Society of Transplantation, chair of Liver Intestine Community of Practice, chair of the Society of University Surgeons Committee on Global Academic Surgery, and the UNOS Region 6 Representative for the UNOS Liver Intestine Committee.

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  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships and associations

  • American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (60 Ratings, 19 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Oct 15, 2019

    my experience was very good and am looking forward to continuing my treatments.

  • Oct 02, 2019

    They are very friendly and talk to you and tell you want need to be done .I'm thankful for them

  • Jul 27, 2019

    Great surgeon with a great smile and personality and bedside manner. Great staff working with her also.

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Dr. Orloff was very explanatory saying that more information was necessary and very polite and very thoughtful very knowledgeable. I was very impressed with her.

  • May 20, 2019

     I just like to comment on the doctor and the staff it was everybody was so cooperative and Extremely helpful, no negativity at all, all up beat. That's it.

  • May 13, 2019

    We were there for my daughter. From the moment I got the first phone call, it has been all about her and her care. We didn't feel rushed or like she was just another case.

  • May 09, 2019

    Very informative

  • Mar 11, 2019

    Dr. Orloff is always very thorough, and very personable, and warm with her patients. We appreciate her very much.

  • Mar 09, 2019

    Always professional and supportive

  • Feb 16, 2019


  • Jan 04, 2019

    I felt very comfortable with her. She made me feel very confident in the surgery and I just felt like it was the best scenario, but that I could have got the the information the overall bed side manner all all of that. That was great. And yes, I would recommend ER I haven't had the surgery yet, but I am feeling very positive about it. So she made me feel that way. Thank you.

  • Dec 30, 2018

    She is pleasant,knowledgeable,thorough in her explanation, kindhearted,understanding, listened to my concern

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Always professional and so kind! I would recommend her highly!

  • Oct 30, 2018

    Dr. Orloff has been my doctor for a year. She's excellent in every way. I would highly recommend her and I hope I always get to have her as my doctor for as long as I go through this. She's amazing. I can't say enough good things. Thank you.

  • Oct 18, 2018

    Everything was wonderful

  • Aug 03, 2018

    She's a great doctor. What else is there to say?

  • Jul 21, 2018

    Knowledgeable and thorough. Had time for all my questions.

  • Jul 12, 2018

    My experience with Dr. Susan Orlaff was awesome. She's a amazing doctor and God used her to save my life. So, my wife and I love her very much.

  • Jul 09, 2018

    Dr. Orloft is very kind and thorough. Her fellow, [Name]is also very helpful