David K. Imagawa, MD, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Dr. David K. Imagawa is a professor of surgery at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center (UCI Health) and a leading expert in minimally invasive liver and pancreatic surgery. He currently serves as Chief of the Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery and is the Suzanne Dykema Endowed Chair in Pancreatic Cancer at UCI Health. His clinical interests include pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, bile duct cancer and islet cell transplantation. He has over 130 publications and has participated in numerous clinical trials involving hepatocellular carcinoma and pancreatic malignancies. He also is a three-time recipient of the John E. Connolly Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding professor of surgery at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Imagawa earned a medical degree and a PhD in pharmacology from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine, and subsequently completed a research fellowship in liver transplantation and a surgical fellowship in organ transplantation. Dr. Imagawa also currently serves on the Clinical Trials Committee of The Americas Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association (AHPBA). He is the most recent recipient of the Liver Wellness Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.