A transplant surgeon is a doctor specializing in the transplant surgeries and post-operative care of the patients who need to undergo surgical procedures such as kidney, liver, pancreas or heart. Transplant surgeries are either life saving, for instance liver transplantation or life prolonging as in case of kidney transplantation.
Transplant surgeons first do a general surgical evaluation of the patient to assess the risks and evaluate the benefits of the surgery. They then consult the case with other doctors and healthcare specialists from multiple disciplines such as hepatologists, nephrologists, and diabetologists, immunologists and scientists before making the decision about the surgery and the approach to be followed for the surgery. The surgeon not just examines and assess the patient before the examination but even after the transplant procedure is completed and the patient has been discharged.