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David Kwon

Institute: Cleveland Clinic

Country: USA


Dr. Kwon is currently the Director of Laparoscopic Liver Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. He has finished his medical education, surgical training including fellowship in liver transplantation and hepato-pancreato-biliary surgical oncology in Korea, but has spent much time abroad so is multilingual – speaks English, French, Spanish and Korean. He built up his expertise in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) and laparoscopic hepatectomy at Samsung Medical Center in Korea where he operated on over 700 LDLTs and over 800 purely laparoscopic liver resection.

With extensive experience in both surgical arenas, he started a purely laparoscopic donor program for both pediatric and adult LDLT recipients in May 2013 and established one of the largest laparoscopic liver donor program in the world. He worked as a faculty in many advanced laparoscopic HPB workshops including IRCAD and SAGES and helped start 3 living donor liver transplant centers across Asia. He worked as a faculty for a year at Mayo Clinic Rochester before moving to Cleveland Clinic where he successfully started a laparoscopic donor program in 2018, which has grown into the largest laparoscopic donor program in US.