University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sang Mo Kang, MD

Sang Mo Kang, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Affiliate Member


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, B.A., 1986, Chemistry
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, MD, 1992, Magna Cum Laude
General Surgery Program, University of California at San Francisco, June 1992 to June 1999
University of California, San Francisco, CA, 7/99-3/01, Fellow in Transplant Surgery

Professional Experience

  • 6/84 - 6/86
    Research Assistant in Department of Chemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca NY.
  • 1986, 1987
    Summer Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
  • 7/89 - 8/91
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute - NIH Research Fellow in Laboratory of Immunology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
  • 6/95 - 6/97
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician Postdoctoral Fellow in Transplantation Laboratory and Hormone Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco, CA.
  • 6/92 - 3/01
    General Surgery Resident and Transplant Fellow, University of California, San Francisco, CA.
  • 4/01 - 7/08
    Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA.
  • 7/08 - present
    Associate Professor of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA.

Honors & Awards

  • 1986
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1986
    Merck Scholarship
  • 1985-87
    Beinecke Memorial National Scholar
  • 1987
    NIH Outstanding Summer Research Fellow Award
  • 1989
    Francis D. Moore Scholarship
  • 1991-92
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Continuing Fellowship for "exceptional promise in biomedical research"
  • 1992
    Henry Asbury Christian Award for outstanding academic achievement
  • 1995
    British Journal of Surgery Award for outstanding surgical resident
  • 1995-97
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
  • 1997
    ASTS Upjohn Award for most outstanding paper
  • 1997-98
    Hefne Research Grant
  • 1998
    Elected to AOA for excellence in teaching
  • 1999
    ASTS Travel Award
  • 1999-2001
    ASTS Novartis Fellowship in Transplantation
  • 2003-2005
    ASTS Faculty Development Award

Selected Publications

  1. Gupta N, Henry RG, Kang SM, Strober J, Lim DA, Ryan T, Perry R, Farrell J, Ulman M, Rajalingam R, Gage A, Huhn SL, Barkovich AJ, Rowitch DH. Long-Term Safety, Immunologic Response, and Imaging Outcomes following Neural Stem Cell Transplantation for Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease. Stem Cell Reports. 2019 Aug 13; 13(2):254-261.
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  2. Yamanaga S, Rosario A, Fernandez D, Kobayashi T, Tavakol M, Stock PG, Kang SM. Inferior long-term graft survival after end-to-side reconstruction for two renal arteries in living donor renal transplantation. PLoS One. 2018; 13(7):e0199629.
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  3. Yamanaga S, Posselt AM, Freise CE, Kobayashi T, Tavakol M, Kang SM. A Single Perioperative Injection of Dexamethasone Decreases Nausea, Vomiting, and Pain after Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy. J Transplant. 2017; 2017:3518103.
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  4. Tang Q, Kang SM. Interpretation of transplant biopsies and immune responses following Treg cell therapy. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2014 Dec; 19(6):616-20.
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  5. Gupta N, Henry RG, Strober J, Kang SM, Lim DA, Bucci M, Caverzasi E, Gaetano L, Mandelli ML, Ryan T, Perry R, Farrell J, Jeremy RJ, Ulman M, Huhn SL, Barkovich AJ, Rowitch DH. Neural stem cell engraftment and myelination in the human brain. Sci Transl Med. 2012 Oct 10; 4(155):155ra137.
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  6. Tang Q, Leung J, Melli K, Lay K, Chuu EL, Liu W, Bluestone JA, Kang SM, Peddi VR, Vincenti F. Altered balance between effector T cells and FOXP3+ HELIOS+ regulatory T cells after thymoglobulin induction in kidney transplant recipients. Transpl Int. 2012 Dec; 25(12):1257-67.
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  7. Tang Q, Bluestone JA, Kang SM. CD4(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cell therapy in transplantation. J Mol Cell Biol. 2012 Feb; 4(1):11-21.
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  8. Lopez-Vergès S, Milush JM, Schwartz BS, Pando MJ, Jarjoura J, York VA, Houchins JP, Miller S, Kang SM, Norris PJ, Nixon DF, Lanier LL. Expansion of a unique CD57?NKG2Chi natural killer cell subset during acute human cytomegalovirus infection. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Sep 06; 108(36):14725-32.
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  9. Ahearn AJ, Posselt AM, Kang SM, Roberts JP, Freise CE. Experience with laparoscopic donor nephrectomy among more than 1000 cases: low complication rates, despite more challenging cases. Arch Surg. 2011 Jul; 146(7):859-64.
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  10. Alemi F, Kwon E, Freise C, Kang SM, Hirose R, Stewart L, Corvera CU. Hepatic surgery at a VA tertiary medical center: lessons learned. Am J Surg. 2010 Nov; 200(5):591-5.
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  11. Brennan TV, Hoang V, Garrod KR, Liu FC, Hayden T, Kim J, Kang SM. A new T-cell receptor transgenic model of the CD4+ direct pathway: level of priming determines acute versus chronic rejection. Transplantation. 2008 Jan 27; 85(2):247-55.
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  12. Kim J, Chang CK, Hayden T, Liu FC, Benjamin J, Hamerman JA, Lanier LL, Kang SM. The activating immunoreceptor NKG2D and its ligands are involved in allograft transplant rejection. J Immunol. 2007 Nov 15; 179(10):6416-20.
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  13. Kang SM. Investigating the immunological mechanisms underlying organ transplant rejection. J Vis Exp. 2007; (7):256.
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  14. Liu F, Kang SM. Small bowel transplantation in mice. J Vis Exp. 2007; (7):258.
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  15. Liu F, Kang SM. Heterotopic heart transplantation in mice. J Vis Exp. 2007; (6):238.
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  16. Garrod KR, Chang CK, Liu FC, Brennan TV, Foster RD, Kang SM. Targeted lymphoid homing of dendritic cells is required for prolongation of allograft survival. J Immunol. 2006 Jul 15; 177(2):863-8.
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  17. Melcher ML, Carter JT, Posselt A, Duh QY, Stoller M, Freise CE, Kang SM. More than 500 consecutive laparoscopic donor nephrectomies without conversion or repeated surgery. Arch Surg. 2005 Sep; 140(9):835-9; discussion 839-40.
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  18. Carter JT, Freise CE, McTaggart RA, Mahanty HD, Kang SM, Chan SH, Feng S, Roberts JP, Posselt AM. Laparoscopic procurement of kidneys with multiple renal arteries is associated with increased ureteral complications in the recipient. Am J Transplant. 2005 Jun; 5(6):1312-8.
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  19. Posselt AM, Mahanty H, Kang SM, Stoller ML, Meng MV, Roberts JP, Freise CE. Laparoscopic right donor nephrectomy: a large single-center experience. Transplantation. 2004 Dec 15; 78(11):1665-9.
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  20. Visser BC, Suh I, Way LW, Kang SM. Congenital choledochal cysts in adults. Arch Surg. 2004 Aug; 139(8):855-60; discussion 860-2.
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