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John Marshall Ham, MD
General Surgery, Transplant Surgery

Doctor General

Dr. John Marshall Ham, a professor of surgery at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, has performed more than 1,000 kidney transplants in his career, recently reaching a career high of 78 in one year.

He also currently serves as the medical director of University Medical Center of Southern Nevada’s Center for Transplantation. He believes that tailoring medication, management, and selection of patients enables the best possible outcomes for cutting-edge transplant surgery. His primary goals are to do what he can to help people the most and get the longest life out of a kidney transplant.

“My skill set is a little different than a lot of transplant surgeons,” said Dr. Ham, whose expertise also includes liver and pancreas transplant surgery. “I’m also a vascular surgeon, so I take on kidneys that maybe other people wouldn’t take on.”

Dr. Ham, who received his medical degree from Loma Linda University and later completed a transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center, served on the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Ethics Committee for more than six years and views himself focusing more on transplant ethics in the future.

“The most energizing time we have as physicians are when we get to sit with our patients and get to know them when they have a problem, and then trying to help them get through that problem so that you’ve given them an improved quality of life,” he said.