Julie K. Heimbach, M.D.

  1. General Surgeon

Julie K. Heimbach, M.D., is a transplant surgeon and the surgical director of Liver Transplantation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, with a primary focus in adult and pediatric liver transplantation and living-donor surgery.

Areas of clinical expertise include:

  • Improving outcomes for liver transplant recipients with obesity-related liver disease
  • Advancing techniques for living-donor hepatectomy and striving to ensure long-term donor safety following donor surgery
  • Improving outcomes for liver transplant recipients with hilar cholangiocarcinoma treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy followed by liver transplantation
  • Coordination of our multidisciplinary approach to care of the patient with end-stage liver disease before and after their transplant
  • Leading practice convergence effort across the three Mayo Clinic liver transplant programs in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota to ensure we are all providing the optimal care for our patients

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Heimbach is active in research including analysis of outcomes for complex patients such as those with hilar cholangiocarcinoma and other malignancies, or obesity. She has been involved in research examining the long-term outcomes of living liver donors and living kidney donors and her work has been published in high-impact scientific journals. She has also been active in education, having previously served as the surgery clerkship director for Mayo Medical School (now Mayo Clinic School of Medicine). In addition to her work with medical students, Dr. Heimbach has mentored many transplant surgery fellows and research fellows.

Dr. Heimbach is also very active in the development of national organ allocation policy. She is currently on the Board of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and is also serving as the vice-chair of the OPTN Liver-Intestine Committee. She has previously served on the Membership and Professional Standards Committee of the OPTN.

  1. Obesity
  1. Liver transplant
  2. Living donor liver transplant
  3. Living-donor transplant
  • Adult liver transplantation
  • Living donor transplantation including donor outcomes
  • Issues of obesity and transplantation
  1. 2004
    Fellow - Transplantation SurgeryMayo Clinic in Rochester
  2. 2002
    Resident - General SurgeryUniversity of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  3. 1996
    MDUniversity of Minnesota Medical School
  4. 1992
    BA - BiologyCarleton College


  1. 2003
    General SurgeryAmerican Board of Surgery


Research activities

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