Faculty Profile

Dr. Ronald Parsons

Ronald F. Parsons, MD

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

Surgical Director, Pancreas Transplantation





American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Parsons' clinical focus is kidney and pancreas transplantation. He completed an abdominal transplant surgery fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, in 2014. He received his MD and graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2005, and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. While at Penn, he did a research fellowship in the Harrison Department of Surgical Research. He investigated mechanisms of B cell tolerance after islet transplantation, humoral tolerance after donor lymphocyte infusion, and plasma cell development after murine cardiac transplantation.


View Dr. Parsons' publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston


  • MD, University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Class of 2005

  • General Surgery Residency, University of Pennsylvania Health System, 2005-2012

  • Transplant Immunology Research Fellowship, Harrison Department of Surgical Research, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2011

  • Transplant Surgery Fellowship, Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 2012-2014

Honors and Awards

  • Young Investigator Award, American Transplant Congress, 2010

  • Penn Institute for Immunology Pilot Grant Recipient, 2010

  • Best Basic Research Presentation, Distinguished Fellows Research Forum, American Society of Transplantation, 2009

  • NIH LRP Recipient, 2008

  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society, 2004

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Initiate 

  • American Medical Association

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons: Cell Transplant Committee

  • American Society of Transplantation: Member-at-Large, Kidney Pancreas Community of Practice Executive Committee

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Georgia Surgical Society

Clinical Interests

  • Kidney transplantation

  • Pancreas transplantation

  • Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy

  • Liver transplantation and abdominal organ recovery

Research Interests

  • Strategies for improving organ access in highly sensitized organ transplant candidates

  • B cell and plasma cell transplant immunology

  • Techniques for maintaining humoral transplant tolerance in naive transplant recipients