J. Wallis Marsh, MD, MBA 

Department of Surgery
Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Surgical oncologist
UPMC Liver Cancer Center
UPMC Montefiore, 7 South
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2582 
Phone: 412-692-2001 or Toll-free at 1-855-74-LIVER
Fax: 412-692-2002
E-mail: marshw@upmc.edu

Education and Training

Dr. Marsh earned his medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, and served his residency in general surgery at the St. Paul Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. He held fellowships in renal transplantation surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and in liver transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Marsh joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as an assistant professor of surgery in 1986. In 1989, he became faculty of Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh again in 1993.

Dr. Marsh has been named to the Pittsburgh Magazine "Top Doctors" list for seven consecutive years. 

Clinical and Cognitive Interests

Dr. Marsh has performed more than 500 liver transplants, resections, and other hepato-pancreatico-biliary surgical procedures. His long-standing clinical interest in hepatic cancers resulted in his co-development of a neural network model to predict recurrence and time to recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma after transplantation. This work will result in better utilization of donors, predictable outcomes after transplantation, and a better understanding of chemotherapy on this disease process.

Dr. Marsh has published 83 research papers and 8 book chapters. His current research initiatives reflect his clinical interest in improving outcomes after transplantation for patients with liver cancers as well as his expertise in computer technologies. He is currently involved in development of models to predict progression of hepatic cancers and is investigating automated decision trees in medicine. Dr. Marsh’s work is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Selected Publications:

  • Marsh JW, Dvorchik I, Subotin M, Balan V, Rakela J, Popechitelev EP, Subbotin V, Casavilla A, Carr BI, Fung JJ, Iwatsuki S. The prediction of risk of recurrence and time to recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma after orthotopic liver transplantation: A pilot study. Hepatology, 1997, 26:444.
  • Pinna AD, Iwatsuki S, Lee RE, Todo S, Madariaga JR, Marsh JW, Casavilla A, Dvorchik I, Fung JJ, Starzl TE. Treatment of fibrolamellar hepatoma with subtotal hepatectomy or transplantation. Hepatology, 1997, 26:877.
  • Casavilla FA, Marsh JW, Iwatsuki S, Todo S, Lee RG, Madariaga JR, Pinna A, Dvorchik I, Fung JJ, Starzl TE. Hepatic resection and transplantation for peripheral cholangiocarcinoma. J Am Coll of Surg, 1997, 185:429.
  • Iwatsuki S, Todo S, Marsh JW, Madariaga JR, Lee RG, Dvorchik I, Fung JJ, Starzl TE. The treatment of hilar cholangiocarcinoma (Klatskin tumors) with hepatic resection or transplantation. J Am Coll Surg, 1998, 187:358.
  • Iwatsuki S, Dvorchik I, Madariaga JR, Marsh JW, Dodson F, Bonham AC, Geller DA, Gayowski TJ, Fung JJ, Starzl TE. Hepatic resection for metastatic colorectal adenocarcinoma: A proposal of prognostic scoring system. Submitted. J Am Coll Surg.

J. Wallis Marsh, MD, MBA

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