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Donald C. Dafoe, MD


Transplant Surgery, General Surgery

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  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery
  • English
Medical School
The University of Wisconsin - Madisonmedicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvaniarotating internship
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvaniasurgery
Hospital of the University of PennsylvaniaTransplantation surgery
Professional Positions
  • Professor and Chief — Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, UCI School of Medicine
  • Surgical Director — UCI Health Kidney Transplant Services 
Awards and Recognition
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association – 2021
More Information

Dr. Donald C. Dafoe is a UCI Health surgeon who specializes in kidney and pancreas transplantation.

Dafoe earned his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed an internship and surgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed a fellowship in transplantation surgery.

A transplant surgeon with more than 30 years of clinical, research and academic experience, Dafoe comes to UCI Medical Center and the UCI School of Medicine from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he directed the pancreas transplant program. He previously served as director of the University of Michigan's pancreas transplantation program and professor and chair of surgery at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Dafoe has published more than 160 scientific papers and has served on boards of numerous professional organizations. He is chief of the UCI School of Medicine's Division of Tranplantation and surgical director of UCI Health Kidney Transplant Services

He sees patients at UCI Medical Center in Orange.

UC Irvine Medical Center — Pavilion 1
101 The City Drive South, Pavilion 1
Building 30
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7890
UC Irvine Medical Center
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7890
Fax: 714-456-8995
UCI Health Surgery Services
101 The City Drive South, Pavilion 3
Building 29
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7890
Fax: 855-209-8413