C. V. R. Rathna Varma, MD, FRCS, FACS

C. V. R. Rathna Varma, MD, FRCS, FACS

Associate Professor 
Department of Surgery
Division of Abdominal Transplantation 
Surgical Director of Adult & Pediatric Liver Transplantation

11th Floor Desloge Towers
3635 Vista on Grand Ave
Saint Louis University Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri 63110

Cardinal Glennon Hospital
St. Louis Missouri

Transplant Patients 314 577 8867
General Surgery Patients 314 577 6180
Transfer In Patients / Outside Consults 866 491 0858



1983 - 1984 King Edward Memorial Hospital, Dean,(Seth GS Medical College) Seth GS Medical College.
Bombay, India.

General Surgery:

1985 – 1987 Apollo Hospitals,Madras, (T.N.), India Radha Rajagopalan, M.D.

Chief Resident

General Surgery:

1987 – 1988 Apollo Hospitals, Radha Rajagopalan, M.D.

Madras, (T.N.), India

General Surgery:

Sponsored trainee – Royal College of Surgeons of England.

1989 - 1991 Bedford Hospital, Bedford, U.K. James Hadfield, F.R.C.S.


1991 - 1992 The Princess Royal Hospital, Donald Reid, F.R.C.S.

Haywards Heath, U.K.


1992 - 1993 The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Arthur Aufses, M.D.

New York, NY.


Multi-organ Transplant/

Hepato-biliary Surgery:

April 1995 – July 1997 Department of Surgery, Charles Miller, M.D.

Division of Abdominal Organ

The Mount Sinai Medical Center,
New York, NY.

Memberships & Societies
  • International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS)
  • Bexar County Medical Society (San Antonio-Texas)
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS)
  • International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary
    Association (IHPBA)

Scholarly Publications

Shapiro RS, Varma CVR, Schwartz ME, Miller CM. Splenorenal shunt closure after liver transplantation: intraoperative doppler assessment of portal hemodynamics. Liver Transplantation and Surgery, Vol 3, No 6, (Nov)1997: pp 641-642.

Sheiner PA, Varma CVR, Guarrera JV, Cooper J, Garatti M, Emre S, Guy SR, Schwartz ME, Miller CM. Selective revascularization of hepatic artery thromboses after liver transplant improves patient and graft survival. Transplantation, Vol 64, 1295-1299, No 9, Nov 15, 1997.

Ramrakhiani S, Solomon H, Varma CR, Osmack P, Bacon BR, Di Bisceglie AM. Prevalence of immunity to Hepatitis A and B in patients undergoing orthotopic liver transplantation. Hepatology 1998; 28: 345A.

Fiel MI, Schiano TD, Bodenheimer HC, Thung SN, King TW, Varma CR, Miller CM, Brunt EM, Starnes S, Prass C, Wolff RK, Bacon B. Hereditary Hemochromatosis in liver transplantation. Liver Transplantation and Surgery, Vol 5, No 1, Jan 1999: pp 50-56.

West DA, Rallo MC, Moore RG, Vogler GA, Niehoff M, Parra RO, Varma C, Smith GS. Laparoscopic vs laparoscopy-assisted donor nephrectomy in the porcine model. J Endourol 1999 Sep; 13(7): 513-5.

Mistry BM, Solomon H, Turnage S, Durham RM, Galvin N, Bacon BR, Garvin PJ, Varma CR. Spontaneous rupture of the liver allograft upon revascularization during transplantation. Transplantation, Vol 69, No 9, May 15, 2000.

Glockner JF, Forauer AR, Solomon H, Varma CR, Perman WH. Three-dimensional gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography of vascular complications after liver transplantation. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2000 May; 174(5): 1447-53.

Varma CR, Mistry BM, Glockner JF, Solomon H, Garvin P. Cavoportal Hemitransposition in Liver Transplantation. Transplantation, Vol 72, No 6, September 27, 2001.

Mistry BM, Memon MA, Silverman R, Burton FR, Varma CR, Solomon H, Garvin PJ. Small bowel perforation from a migrated biliary stent. Surgical Endoscopy. 2001 Sep;15(9): 1043.

Emre S, Atillasoy EO, Ozdemir S, Schilsky M, Rathna Varma CV, Thung SN, Sternlieb I, Guy SR, Sheiner PA, Schwartz ME, Miller CM. Orthotopic liver transplantation for Wilson’s disease: A single center experience. Transplantation, Vol 72, 1232-1236, No 7, October 15, 2001.

Jawaid Q, Saeed Z, Di Bisceglie A, Brunt E, Ramrakhiani S, Varma C, Solomon H. Biliary-Venous fistula complicating transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt presenting with recurrent bacteremia, jaundice, anemia and fever. Am J Transplant. 2003 Dec; 3 (12): 1604-7.

Shellenberger MJ, Smith R, Varma C, Kotru A, Maloo M, Gerst H. Hepatectomy cures a cough: Giant cavernous hemangioma in a patient with persistent cough. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Nov 2010, Vol 110, No 11. page 675-677.

Single Donor-derived Strongyloides in Solid Organ Transplants – paper in preparation.

BK viral infection (BKV) in renal transplant patients: Excellent outcomes with intensive routine post-transplant screening combined with reduction in immunosuppression and treatment with Leflunomide and/or low dose Cidofovir - paper in preparation.

Honors & Awards
Anil Chadha Medal - First in University, Otorhinolaryngology 1982
Sponsored Trainee - The Royal College
of Surgeons, England, UK
St. Lukes Day Award, St Louis University Hospital
- for most caring and Compassionate physician
Geisinger Health System Award
- In Honor of Achieving the Highest National Level of Patient Satisfaction
(Top 5% in the nation)
2010, 2011
Board Certification

Fellow of the American College of  Surgeons              2005

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