Thought Leader, Leadership

Michael J. Englesbe, MD

Cyrenus G. Darling, Sr., MD, and Cyrenus G. Darling, Jr., MD, Professor of Surgery
University of Michigan

Dr. Englesbe received his undergraduate degree at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1993. He went on to obtain his medical degree in 1997 from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Michigan Health System in 2004. From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Englesbe did a surgical research postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Englesbe completed a 2-year fellowship in multi-organ transplantation surgery at the University of Michigan in June of 2006. He now serves as the Cyrenus G. Darling, Sr. & Cyrenus G. Darling, Jr. Professor of Surgery.

Dr. Englesbe does both kidney and liver transplantation. His primary clinical focus is pediatric liver transplantation. He started the multidisciplinary pediatric portal hypertension clinic and has significant expertise in the management of portal hypertension and portal vein thrombosis in children and adults. He also does surgery for living kidney donation and dialysis access.

Dr. Englesbe is very involved medical student education. He is Director of the 3rd– and 4th-year medical school curriculum at Michigan. He runs several research programs for students and mentors many students and residents.

Dr. Englesbe has an active research group. The focus is improving the value of surgical care. Key topics of interest include frailty, prehabilitation, opioid use, patient regret, patient-reported outcomes, and surgical appropriateness. He has funding for his work from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.

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