David Mercer MD

Professor of Surgery, Transplant, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Dr. Mercer is Professor of Surgery and Director of the Intestinal Rehabilitation Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Originally from Edmonton, Canada, he came to Nebraska to be trained as a liver and intestine transplant surgeon. He developed a love for intestinal rehabilitation during his training and it has become the main focus of his clinical career. He heads a specialized program that looks after hundreds of children and adults from across the country who are dealing with complex intestinal problems including short bowel syndrome, functional disorders of the small and large intestine and enterocutaneous fistulas. His team of dietitians, nurses, social workers and gastroenterologists provides comprehensive nutritional, medical and surgical management of patients ranging from simple TPN and tube feed management to the most difficult nutritional scenarios. He is involved in all major clinical trials in the field, and lectures on the role of intestinal rehabilitation programs in getting people off of TPN, surgical strategies in short bowel syndrome/complex intestinal problems, the role of the gut microbiome in human health and all aspects of intestinal transplantation.