John McVicar, M.D.

John P. McVicar, M.D.


Surgery - Transplant




  • Professor


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UC Davis Medical Center

2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Phone: 916-734-2111
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. McVicar is a very experienced transplant surgeon, active in the field since 1990. He brings a compassionate, patient focused approach to his specialty, and his attention to detail results in outstanding patient outcomes. His current clinical practice includes kidney and pancreas transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery, and dialysis access surgery.

Clinical Interests

John P. McVicar has extensive training as a liver transplant surgeon. He has performed more than 400 solid organ operations, including kidney and kidney-pancreas transplantation. He also performs dialysis access procedures. McVicar's research focuses on immunosuppressive therapy, prevention of infections, management of patients with hepatitis C, and treatment of postoperative biliary problems.


Transplant Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Transplant Center


M.D., Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, 1981

B.A., Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1978

Internship: University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1982-85


University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1985-88


University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1988-90

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 1989

American Board of Surgery - Recertification, 2009

Professional Memberships

American Society of Transplant Surgeons

International Liver Transplant Society

Pacific Coast Surgical Association

Sacramento Surgical Society

Seattle Transplant Society

Western Association of Transplant Surgeons

Honors and Awards

American Liver Foundation Recipient of "Local" Legend" Award, 1999

Select Recent Publications

Troppmann, c., Daily, M.F.; McVicar, J.P.; Perez, R.V.: Hypothermic pulsatile perfusion of small pediatric en bloc kidneys: Technical aspects and outcomes. Transplantation, 88 (2) 289-290. 2009

Fitzgerald, J.T.; Schanzer, A.; McVicar, J.P.; Chin, A.I.; Perez, R.Y.; Troppmann, C.: Upper arm arteriovenous fistula versus forearm looped arteriovenous graft for hemodialysis access: A comparative analysis. Annals of Vascular Surgery 19:843-850. 2005

Rossaro, L.; Troppmann, c. McVicar, J.P.; Sturges, M.; Fisher, K.; Meyers, F.J.: A strategy for the simultaneous provision of pre-operative palliative care for patients awaiting liver transplantation. Transplant International 17:473-475. 2004

Fitzgerald, J.T., Schanzer, A., Chin, A., McVicar, J.P., Perez, R.V., Troppmann, C. Outcomes of upper arm arteriovenous fistulas for maintenance hemodialysis access. Archives of Surgery 139:201-208. 2004.