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

4.8 out of 5 (53 Ratings, 5 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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  • Spanish

Memberships and associations

  • American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

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Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (53 Ratings, 5 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

  • Friendliness/courtesy 4.8
  • Explanations about your problem/condition 4.7
  • Concern shown for your questions/worries 4.8
  • Effort made to include you in treatment decisions 4.8
  • Used words you could understand 4.9
  • Amount of time spent with you 4.6
  • Your confidence in care provider 4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.7
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.9

Patient Comments

  • Feb 02, 2018

    have never had any bad experiences

  • Jan 12, 2018

    Dr. Orloff is one of the finest surgeons I've ever met. I have complete confidence in her and I put my life in her hands trusting completely her judgement on everything. She's an expert. She always showed me great respect and all questions clearly answered. Basically, she saved my life and I could never thank her enough. Plus, she has a great sense of humor and very caring attitude.

  • Dec 12, 2017

    the best

  • Jun 10, 2016

    took us right to where we had to go

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