Yong Kyong Kwon, MD

Yong Kyong Kwon, MD

Liver Transplant, Transplant Center, Kidney Transplant

On staff since June 2023

Children's Title: Surgical Director, Liver Transplant

Academic Title: Associate Professor, Surgery

  • Yong K. Kwon, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, joined Seattle Children’s Transplant Surgery Division in June 2023 as Surgical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation. Additionally, he serves as Director of Clinical Innovation in Organ Perfusion and Procurement in the Transplant Surgery Division at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kwon earned his M.D. degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also completed his general surgery residency, followed by a transplant and hepatopancreaticobiliary fellowship.

    Prior to joining Seattle Children's Transplant Surgery Division, Dr. Kwon served as a faculty member at the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles, one of the top pediatric and living donor liver transplant centers in the United States. In addition, he served as a surgical co-director of the living donor liver transplant program and as a quality director for the division. Dr. Kwon's expertise lies in performing segmental and split liver transplants, as well as living donor transplants. He is a passionate supporter of organ donation and actively advocates for the development of allocation policies that prioritize the welfare of children.

  • Other Publications

    • Aziz H, Nordan T, Feng LR, Kwon YK, Khreiss M, Karagozian R, Schnelldorfer T
      Association Between Preoperative Angioembolization and Bleeding Complications in Patients With Benign Liver Tumors: Analysis of a National Database.
      37540971 The Journal of surgical research, 2023 Nov. : 291536-545
    • Khan SA, Ahmed FA, Hafeez MS, Feng LR, Seth A, Kwon YK, Aziz H
      Outcomes in elderly patients undergoing hepatic resection compared to liver transplant for hepatocellular carcinoma.
      37638401 Journal of surgical oncology, 2023 Aug 28
    • Kwon YK, Kaur N, Etesami K, Zielsdorf S, Kim B, Kahn J, Yanni G, Padilla A, Han H, Genyk Y
      Living donor liver paired exchange between pediatric and adult recipients due to donor graft size mismatch.
      36695680 American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 2023 March : 23(3)440-442


Board Certification(s)

Surgery (General Surgery)

Medical/Professional School

Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC


Medstar-Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC


Medstar-Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC