Juan Arenas, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric and Adult Surgical Kidney Transplant
Chief, Memorial Solid Organ Transplant Institute
I specialize in treating patients with kidney and liver failure; remove benign and malignant tumors of the liver and the biliary tract; and specialize in minimally invasive removal of kidneys for kidney donation in transplantation or otherwise.
I felt the value of community service and the desire to help people early on. My father, a general surgeon, focused on personal patient care and has been a great role model to me. Now, as a transplant surgeon myself, I cherish the impact my work has on my patients. I have become close with many of them, as we continue to celebrate their “transplant birthdays” together. Undergoing an organ transplant is life changing – not only for the patient but also for their families and their loved ones. Watching their transformation inspires me to work harder, despite a difficult and taxing schedule.
I love working at Memorial Healthcare System because our comprehensive team works in partnership to provide excellent care to all the patients. I have earned a reputation for taking on the most challenging cases and I couldn’t do it without my “Memorial team.” We work closely together to ensure that patients’ unique needs are met and we utilize our robust resource system to provide high-quality care. Our goal is to make your journey as easy as possible and help you live your very best life.
Meet Dr. Arenas
- Universidad El Bosque, 1987
- Penn State/Milton Hershey Med Ctr, 1992, Surgery
- Penn State/Milton Hershey Med Ctr, 1996, Surgery
- University Of Pennsylvania, 1997, Transplant Surgery
- Arenas JD. Chapter 5: Robotics in Surgery. Surgery in the New Century, MW Mulholand and LJ Greenfield (Eds.) Ann Arbor: Milestone Publishing, 2004, pps. 45-52.
- Campbell Jr DA, Arenas JD. Chapter 31: The Immunologically Compromised and Transplanted Surgery Patient. Basic Science for Surgeons, L. Argenta (Ed.) Philadelphia: J. B. Saunders Publishing, 2004, pps. 379-386.
- Arenas JD, Punch J. Chapter 46: Complications of Liver Transplantation. Complications of Surgery, MW Mulholand and GA Doherty (Eds.) Philadelphia: Lippincot Williams and Wilkins, 2006, pps. 655-664.
- Kim D, Yoshida A, Arenas J, Jerius J, Salem R, Abouljoud M. Successful Liver Transplantation after Embolization of Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Theraspheres. Presented at the 2005 AHPBA Congress, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, April 14-17, 2005.
- Kim DY, Bazzi W, Raoufi M, Brown KA, Yoshida A, Arenas J, Jerius J, Moonka D, Neece S, Hogan K, Abouljoud M. Impact of hepatitis C in resource utilization following orthotopic liver transplantation. Presented at the American Transplant Congress 2005, Seattle, WA, May 21-25, 2005.
- Bolanowski D, Riegel M, Sun Z, Douglass D, Rodriguez R, Powell M, Brown R, Arenas J. Use of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Support to Improve Liver Transplant Viability Following Donation after Cardiac Death. American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, Boston, Massachusetts, October, 2010.
- Wright S, MacKenzie J, Thiesset H, Carricaburu M, Arenas J, Sorensen J, Schwartz J Examining the Effects of Donor / Recipient Contact on the Development of Somatic Affective Depressive Symptoms following Solid Organ Transplantation. Accepted as poster presentation, American Transplant Congress, Boston, MA, June 2-6, 2012.
- Schwartz J, Redd A, Thiesset H, Sorensen J, Yopp A, Arenas J, Schwarz R. A Susceptibility Model for Venous Thromboembolism after Major Hepatic Resection. Submitted to the 10th World Congress of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, Paris, France, July1-5, 2012.
- 2010 Consumers’ Research Council of America Guide to “America’s Top Surgeons 2010”
- 2010 “Best Doctors in Dallas 2010,” D Magazine, October, 2010
- 2011 “Best Doctors in Dallas 2011,” D Magazine, October, 2011
- 2012 Consumers’ Research Council of America Guide to “America’s Top Surgeons 2012”
- 2012 “Best Doctors in Dallas 2012,” D Magazine, October, 2012
- 2013 “Best Doctors in Dallas 2013,” D Magazine, October, 2013
- 2014 “Best Doctors in Dallas 2014” D Magazine, October 2014
- 2015 “Best Doctors in Dallas 2015” D Magazine, October 2015
In addition to my clinical career, I have dedicated my life to advancing research aimed at organ preservation and regeneration. My hope is to someday bridge the gap between the limited number of donor organs and the number of patients awaiting life-saving transplants, while potentially minimizing the use of immunosuppression.
- Arenas JD, Benign Liver Mass Management, Surgery Grand Rounds, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, October, 2009.
- Arenas JD, Update on Living Donor and Split Liver Transplantation, Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinators Review Course, Parkland Health & Hospital Center, Dallas, Texas, August 30, 2010.
- Arenas JD, From El Bosque to Dallas; My Journey as a Transplant Surgeon, LMSA Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker Series, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, September 29, 2010.
- Arenas JD, Surgery: The Career Pathway, Wilson Surgical Society, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, December, 2010.
- Arenas JD, Ethics in Organ and Tissue Donation, Physician Best Practices in Organ Donation, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Dallas, TX, April 19, 2012.
- Arenas JD, Living Donor Transplantation, NATCO Certification Preparation Class, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, December, 2010.
- Arenas JD, Liver Transplantation, Life Trac Site Visit, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, May 16th, 2012.
- Arenas JD, Liver Transplantation, Optum Health Site Visit, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, August 30th, 2012.
- Arenas JD, Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy, Continuing Medical Education Course, UT Southwestern Kidney Transplant & Dialysis Symposium, Dallas, TX, September 21, 2012.
- Arenas JD, Robotics in Surgery, XI Congress of Medical Update and 11 International, University of Bucaramanga la Autonoma, Bogota, Colombia, September 19, 2015.
- Arenas JD, Just Getting Started-How Patients Get Listed, Parkland Health & Hospital Center, Dallas, TX, April 7, 2015.