Division of Transplant Surgery
Biographical Overview for Prabhakar Baliga, MD, FACS
Prabhakar Baliga, MD
Prabhakar Baliga, M.D., FACS, was appointed Chairman of the Department of Surgery on July 1, 2015. Dr. Baliga brings an excellent combination of clinical, research, and administrative skills to lead the continued growth and development of the Department.
Prabhakar Baliga was born in 1960 in Madras, South India. He obtained his medical degree at the Madras Medical College in 1984. He completed his internship and residency in surgery in 1990 at the Tulane University Hospital Systems in New Orleans, Louisiana; and then completed a two year Transplant Surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan. At MUSC, Dr. Baliga has previously served as the Director of the Kidney Transplant Program, Chief of Transplant Surgery, and the Medical Director of the Transplant Service Line.
He was elected to Chair the OR Executive Committee and serves on the board of Life Point, an organ procurement agency. In subsequent years, he has served as the Director of the Liver and Intestinal Program, as well as a board member of the United Network of Organ Sharing.
Dr. Baliga has conducted HRSA and NIH funded clinical research studies related to understanding the barriers to and facilitators of organ donation and the effective medical management of transplant recipients. His research has involved focus groups with physicians and staff, large survey studies of kidney transplant recipients; and pharmacologic RCTs investigating the acceptability and effectiveness of transplant-related medications. He is currently a co-PI on a R-01 to improve living kidney transplant rates in African Americans. His more recent focus has been on quality improvement and medication safety.
He has published over 100 papers and presented over 100 lectures related to his clinical and research interests.
Dr. Baliga’ s teaching and clinical interests have been recognized with several awards, to include Faculty Member Alpha Omega Alpha and recognition from the state House of Representatives and Senate of South Carolina. In 2016, Dr. Baliga was named one of three recipients of the 2016 MUSC Foundation Outstanding Clinician Award, which honors full-time faculty who make meritorious contributions to patient care at MUSC.
He holds the Fitts-Raja Endowed Chair in Transplant Surgery.