About

“I want to help patients get transplanted as soon as possible.”

Picture of Dr. Kayler, the kidney transplant surgeon

My name is Dr. Liise Kayler. I’m a transplant surgeon and educator. I live in Buffalo, NY and direct the transplant program at Erie County Medical Center.

I’ve seen how patients who are well-informed navigate the health care system better and have better outcomes.

I wanted to find a way to explain kidney transplantation that was easy for everyone to understand and share.

I decided to make videos about kidney transplantation.

I worked with researchers, community members, and patients in Buffalo.

I found great artists who helped me bring our ideas to life.

I hope you like our videos and find them helpful.

If you have any comments or questions, please email me at contacttransplantinfo@gmail.com.

Dr. Liise Kayler is a Clinical Professor at the University at Buffalo. She received her MD from the University of Nevada. She completed General Surgery Residency at Maricopa Medical Center and a Multiorgan Transplant Surgery Fellowship at the University of Michigan. She obtained a Master’s of Science degree at the University of Michigan– in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis.

In my other research, I work to increase kidney utilization. I spotlight reasons why some kidneys are not used. Then I compute the kidney’s survival if it had been transplanted. Results from both national data and my own center’s data show opportunity for improved kidney utilization.

My research findings have been disseminated through numerous peer-reviewed publications, and through my committee work at the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and transplant society task forces– and have contributed to paradigm shifts in the transplant field to help people get kidney transplants. My papers can be found at google scholar.