Kendra D. Conzen, MD
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: General Surgery, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Fellowship: Abdominal Transplant and Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Dr. Conzen completed her undergraduate studies as a Regents’ Scholar at the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. in Genetics and a minor in political science. Upon matriculation in 2001, she served as the interim Human Protections/Institutional Review Board Administrator for the California Health and Human Services Agency (2001-2002). She graduated with a Degree of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco in 2006.
At Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Conzen completed an internship, residency, and research fellowship in general surgery. Her research focused on ischemia/reperfusion injury in steatotic livers. She was awarded the AHPBA Physiology/Biology Research Grant in 2008. During her residency, she co-authored five peer-reviewed publications and three book chapters and presented at conferences for the American College of Surgeons, American and International HepatoPancreatoBiliary Associations, American Transplant Congress, and the Association for Academic Surgeons. She also served as an Administrative Chief Resident in General Surgery (2012-2013) and was recognized for her dedication to medical education.
Dr. Conzen is a board-certified General Surgeon with subspecialty focus in hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery and liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation. She completed one year of fellowship in Abdominal Transplant and HPB Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis (2013-2014).
Thomas Chirichella, MD
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Internship and Residency: St. Elizabeth Health Center
Dr. Chirichella completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY Albany, where he played football, then later coached at the collegiate level, winning two championships. He majored in Human Biology, graduating in 2004. Upon graduating, he enrolled at Ross University where he graduated in 2008 with High Honors. He then went on to complete his General Surgery Residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, OH, where in his last year he served as Chief Resident (2013).
During his residency he managed to publish five peer-reviewed manuscripts presented at two national conferences. In addition, he was the pediatric surgery and trauma/critical care resident of the year, and he earned the resident research award along with resident teacher of the year award two years in row.
Dr. Chirichella has an ongoing international wound care study with Cook Biotech. His primary interests are in liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation along with hepatobiliary surgery. His current research interests center on donation after cardiac death liver transplantation. He is happily married with two children and enjoys being actively involved in their extracurricular activities.