ILTS Insights: Liver transplantation for colorectal liver metastases

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July 19, 2021

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  • Expanded indications of liver transplantation for HCC
  • Updated outcomes of liver transplantation for unresectable CRLM
  • Critical role of combining non-transplant modalities with liver transplantation


  • Introduction
  • What we know and what we don’t know (Pål-Dag Line)
  • Resection or Transplantation for ghost metastases (René Adam)
  • Q&A moderated by Cristina Dopazo, Taizo Hibi and Gonzalo Sapisochin


Pål-Dag Line studied preclinical medicine in Germany 1981-83 and graduated from the University of Oslo in 1987. He is board certified in general surgery, vascular surgery and transplant surgery and is senior consultant surgeon within the fields of abdominal transplantation (liver, kidney, pancreas), HPB surgery and vascular surgery. Since 2004 he has been director at the Department of Transplantation Medicine, Oslo University Hospital. He has a particular clinical and scientific experience and interest within the fields of living donation, abdominal vascular disease, liver transplantation for malignancy and hepatocellular carcinoma. He is the Norwegian board member of the scandinavian organ procurement organisation Scandiatransplant and member of the international transplantation societies TTS, ILTS and ESOT.
René Adam is Head of the Department of Hepato-Biliary Surgery, Cancer and Transplantation at Paul Brousse Hospital, Villejuif, France. Since 1994, he has held the position of Professor of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine at Paris South University, Paris.

Pr Adam’s main fields of activity and research are surgery of the liver, biliary tract and pancreas, and hepatic transplantation. He chairs the European Liver Transplant Registry and the international Registry of Colorectal Liver Metastases, LiverMetsurvey that he founded in 2005.  He is member of the board of the European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association (ELITA), and of the board of the French Association of Surgery. He is also Chair of the Research committee of the IHPBA and member of several international societies, including ASCO, ESSO and ESOT.

Pr Adam has published 410 peer-reviewed articles with a PubMed H-index of 78 and more than 25000 citations to date.



Cristina Dopazo trained at Hospital Vall d’Hebrón in Barcelona (Spain) and obtained her degree of PhD in 2007.

For the last 10 years Dr Dopazo has been strongly involved in HPB surgical oncology and she is currently Consultant surgeon at the Department of Haepato-Pancreato-Bilio Surgery and Liver Transplant at Hospital Vall d’Hebrón in Barcelona.

Dr Dopazo’s main commitments are liver transplantation, colorectal liver met resections and pancreatic cancer. Research and academics are also an important area of interest for her.

Taizo Hibi is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Transplantation and Pediatric Surgery, Kumamoto University (Kumamoto, Japan). He graduated from Keio University (Tokyo) and completed his surgical residency and fellowships at National Cancer Center Hospital (Tokyo) and Keio University, and University of Miami (Florida, U.S.) Dr. Hibi has extensive experience both in abdominal organ transplant surgery and surgical oncology, particularly in the hepatobiliary and pancreatic field. He and his international colleagues have established the concept of “Transplant Oncology,” a fusion of transplantation medicine and oncology, for eradication of cancer. Dr. Hibi has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles. He serves as an editorial board member of internationally recognized surgical journals and as a councilor of multiple national/international academic associations and societies.
Gonzalo Sapisochin, MD, PhD, MSc, is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Surgery at UHN in the Department of Surgery.  He graduated with his Medical Degree from the University Compluense of Madrid, Spain and then did his residency at the Vall dHebron Hospital in Barcelona, Spain.  His Fellowship in Abdominal Transplant and HPB Surgical Oncology was done at U of T, Toronto General Hospital. Gonzalo has many publications and grants; has won several awards; and has presented at international meetings.  


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