Dr. Jeffrey Punch is the Jeremiah and Claire Turcotte Professor of Surgery. Dr. Punch received his medical degree from the University of Michigan. During his residency he did a Research Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Rile Rees at the Ann Arbor Veteran's Hospital studying tissue injury associated with ischemia-reperfusion. Upon completion of his general surgery residency at the University of Michigan, he completed a two year multi-organ transplantation fellowship, also at U of M, in which he was trained to perform kidney, pancreas and liver transplant procedures. During this time he also completed the University of Michigan Molecular Biology Course. He is board certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
Upon completion of his training Dr. Punch began a surgical practice that consists of liver, pancreatic, and kidney transplantation. He performs these procedures on both adults and children. In addition Dr. Punch also performs vascular surgery on patients that require dialysis access. He has also assumed the role of director of the Liver Transplant program and performed the first living donor liver transplant procedure ever in the state of Michigan in 1996. In addition to a clinical practice, Dr. Punch also runs numerous clinical research studies involving transplant recipients. Dr. Punch has served on the Liver and Intestinal Committee and on the Board of Directors for the United Network for Organ Sharing. He has also served as President of Gift of Life Michigan.