UC San Diego Health

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL


Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery


Aleah Brubaker, MD, PhD, is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in abdominal (liver and kidney) transplantation in adult and pediatric patients. She also has expertise in surgical treatment of liver tumors, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver cirrhosis and end-stage renal disease.

As an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, she trains medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Brubaker's research interests include transplantation and the human microbiome.

Her work has appeared in medical and research publications, including Transplantation and Clinical Transplantation. Dr. Brubaker has co-authored several book chapters on transplantation. She also has presented her work on transplant outcomes and pediatric transplants at various national meetings.

Dr. Brubaker completed a fellowship in transplant surgery at Stanford Health Care in Stanford, Calif., where she also did her residency in general surgery. She holds both a medical and doctorate degree from the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. She is board certified in general surgery.

Dr. Brubaker is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

In her free time, Dr. Brubaker enjoys hiking, swimming, skiing and cooking.


US Liver Transplant Outcomes After Normothermic Regional Perfusion vs Standard Super Rapid Recovery.
Brubaker AL, Sellers MT, Abt PL, Croome KP, Merani S, Wall A, Abreu P, Alebrahim M, Baskin R, Bohorquez H, Cannon RM, Cederquist K, Edwards J, Huerter BG, Hobeika MJ, Kautzman L, Langnas AN, Lee DD, Manzi J, Nassar A, Neidlinger N, Nydam TL, Schnickel GT, Siddiqui F, Suah A, Taj R, Taner CB, Testa G, Vianna R, Vyas F, Montenovo MI

Utilization of Normothermic Machine Perfusion to Rescue Liver Allografts in Unallocated Unstable Donors.
Covarrubias K, Trageser J, Nethercot D, Schnickel GT, Brubaker AL

The American Society of Transplant Surgeons Consensus Statement on Normothermic Regional Perfusion.
Wall AE, Adams BL, Brubaker A, Chang CWJ, Croome KP, Frontera J, Gordon E, Hoffman J, Kaplan LJ, Kumar D, Levisky J, Miñambres E, Parent B, Watson C, Zemmar A, Pomfret EA

Risk factors for breakthrough COVID-19 infections in solid organ transplant recipients receiving tixagevimab/cilgavimab for pre-exposure prophylaxis.
Abraham DL, Lichvar AB, Brubaker AL, Haste N, Chen V, Abeles S, Aslam S, Yam N, Horton L, Chen B, Binkin N, Law N

Extended duration of machine perfusion: Maximizing organ utilization.
Brubaker AL, Bensard C, MacConmara M, Elbetanony A, Attia M, Sanchez R, Schnickel G

Heart-liver-kidney transplantation for AL amyloidosis using normothermic recovery and storage from a donor following circulatory death: Short-term outcome in a first-in-world experience.
Brubaker AL, Urey MA, Taj R, Parekh JR, Berumen J, Kearns M, Shah M, Khan A, Kono Y, Ajmera V, Barman P, Tran H, Adler ED, Silva Enciso J, Asimakopoulos F, Costello C, Bower R, Sanchez R, Pretorius V, Schnickel GT

Single-center Experience on Nonlung Solid Organ Transplantation From SARS-CoV-2-positive Donors.
Covarrubias K, Brubaker AL, Mekeel K, Pretorius V, Shah M, Adler E, Ajmera V, Schnickel GT, Aslam S

Infection with Two Multi-Drug-Resistant Organisms in Solid Organ Transplant Patients Is Associated with Increased Mortality and Prolonged Hospitalization.
Cao S, Tennakoon L, Brubaker AL, Forrester JD

Utilizing Macrosteatotic Allografts for Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Recipients.
Brubaker AL, Loomba R

Operative Technique of Donor Organ Procurement for En Bloc Heart-liver Transplantation.
Elde S, Brubaker AL, Than PA, Rinewalt D, MacArthur JW, Alassar A, Bonham CA, Esquivel CO, Shudo Y, Concepcion W, Woo YJ

What solid organ transplant healthcare providers should know about renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors and COVID-19.
Wong SY, Brubaker AL, Wang AX, Taiwo AA, Melcher ML

Eliminating international normalized ratio threshold for transfusion in pediatric patients with acute liver failure.
Lee A, Mendoza J, Brubaker AL, Stoltz DJ, McKenzie R, Bonham CA, Esquivel CO, Gallo AE

Ureterostomy as an alternative to ileal conduits in pediatric kidney transplantation.
Brubaker AL, Wu HY, Lee A, Vuong P, Stoltz DJ, Chaudhuri A, James G, Grimm PC, Concepcion W, Gallo AE

Superior Hypertension Management in Pediatric Kidney Transplant Patients After Native Nephrectomy.
Brubaker AL, Stoltz DJ, Chaudhuri A, Maestretti L, Grimm PC, Concepcion W, Gallo AE

Experimental Approaches to Tissue Injury and Repair in Advanced Age.
Brubaker AL, Carter SR, Kovacs EJ

Episodic binge ethanol exposure impairs murine macrophage infiltration and delays wound closure by promoting defects in early innate immune responses.
Curtis BJ, Hlavin S, Brubaker AL, Kovacs EJ, Radek KA

The role of aryl hydrocarbon receptor in interleukin-23-dependent restoration of interleukin-22 following ethanol exposure and burn injury.
Rendon JL, Li X, Brubaker AL, Kovacs EJ, Gamelli RL, Choudhry MA

G-CSF enhances resolution of Staphylococcus aureus wound infection in an age-dependent manner.
Brubaker AL, Kovacs EJ

Reduced neutrophil chemotaxis and infiltration contributes to delayed resolution of cutaneous wound infection with advanced age.
Brubaker AL, Rendon JL, Ramirez L, Choudhry MA, Kovacs EJ

The aging lung.
Lowery EM, Brubaker AL, Kuhlmann E, Kovacs EJ

Dysregulation of neutrophil CXCR2 and pulmonary endothelial icam-1 promotes age-related pulmonary inflammation.
Nomellini V, Brubaker AL, Mahbub S, Palmer JL, Gomez CR, Kovacs EJ

An improved cell isolation method for flow cytometric and functional analyses of cutaneous wound leukocytes.
Brubaker AL, Schneider DF, Palmer JL, Faunce DE, Kovacs EJ

Age-related Dysregulation of Inflammation and Innate Immunity: Lessons Learned from Rodent Models.
Brubaker AL, Palmer JL, Kovacs EJ

Aging of the Innate Immune System: An Update.
Mahbub S, Brubaker AL, Kovacs EJ

Neutrophils and natural killer T cells as negative regulators of wound healing.
Brubaker AL, Schneider DF, Kovacs EJ

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