Faculty Profile

I. Raul Badell, MD

I. Raul Badell, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Surgical Director, Living Donor Kidney Program, Emory Transplant Center

Director, Kidney Paired Donor Exchange Program, Emory Transplant Center

Telephone: 404-712-6562

Email ibadell@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2015


Dr. Badell received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine in 2006, after which he came to Emory for his general surgery residency and abdominal organ transplantation fellowship, which he completed in June 2015. Within this period of clinical training, he completed a pre-doctoral research fellowship in pathology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and a post-doctoral research fellowship in transplant immunology at the Emory Transplant Center under the direction of Dr. Christian Larsen. During his clinical fellowship he re-engaged with the Emory Transplant Center's research enterprise and focused on basic immunology and clinical trial investigations. His clinical practice consists primarily of kidney/pancreas transplantation.

In 2017, Dr. Badell received an NIH K08 award to study the mechanisms of DSA formation following kidney transplantation — DSA plays a significant role in the development of chronic rejection and fibrosis and can lead to late renal allograft loss. Dr. Badell believes that gaining a better understanding of the cellular interactions responsible for DSA formation after transplantation could guide the optimization of current immunosuppressive strategies and the development of novel therapies to control its production. Dr. Badell received Emory's 1% Award later in the year because the proposal obtained the highest possible score from the NIH study section.

The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) awarded Dr. Badell it's 2018 Vanguard Prize for authoring the previous year's best clinical and basic research manuscript from a young investigator. The paper was "Selective CD28 Blockade Results in Superior Inhibition of Donor-Specific T Follicular Helper Cell and Antibody Responses Relative to CTLA4-Ig," which was first published electronically in August 2017 by the American Journal of Transplantation. Later in 2018, the ASTS Foundation awarded him the Astellas Faculty Development Grant for his proposal, "Circulating T Follicular Helper Cells as a Biomarker for Donor-Specific Alloantibodies in Transplantation."


View Dr. Badell's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine, 2001-2006

  • Clinical & Research Fellowship in Pathology, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 2003-2004

  • General Surgery Residency, Emory University School of Medicine, 2006-2008, 2010-2013

  • Research Fellowship in Transplant Immunology, Emory Transplant Center, 2008-2010

  • Abdominal Organ Transplantation Fellowship, Emory Transplant Center, 2013-2015

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1999

  • High Honor Graduate, University of Texas at Austin, 2001

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2005

  • Honor Graduate, Baylor College of Medicine, 2006

  • ABSITE Performance Award, 2008, 2011-2013

  • AST/ASTS Young Investigator Award, American Transplant Congress, 2009, 2010

  • TTS Travel Award, Joint Meeting of IPITA-IXA, 2009

  • Fellowship in Transplantation Grant, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 2013

  • Emory University Research Committee Award, 2016

  • Emory 1% Award, for investigators whose NIH grant proposals have received study section review scores in the top one percentile, 2017

  • ASTS Vanguard Prize, 2018
  • Astellas Faculty Development Grant, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 2018

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons

  • American Society of Transplantation

Clinical Interests

  • Kidney/pancreas transplantation

Research Interests

  • Transplant immunology

  • Clinical optimization of belatacept in kidney transplant recipients