Faculty Profile

William Kitchens, MD

William Kitchens, Jr., MD, PhD

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

Telephone: 404.727.8461

Email: whkitch@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2016


After graduating from Harvard Medical School with honors, Dr. Kitchens continued his general surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. During his research sabbatical from residency, he moved back to his hometown of Atlanta to successfully pursue a PhD in transplant immunology at Emory University under the guidance of Mandy Ford, PhD, and Christian Larsen, MD, DPhil. He finished his surgical training at MGH, then returned to Emory to complete a clinical fellowship in abdominal transplant surgery.

Throughout his training years, Dr. Kitchens received a variety of awards recognizing the quality of his research efforts, including three consecutive Young Investigator Awards from the American Transplant Congress and two Young Innovator Awards at Annual Scientific Exchange meetings of the American Society of Transplantation. He was also awarded the highest research awards offered for surgical residents and transplant fellows by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

In 2018, Dr. Kitchens led the surgical team that performed the first liver transplant from an HIV-positive deceased donor to an HIV-positive recipient in the state of Georgia and one of the first in the Southeast.


View Dr. Kitchens' publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston



  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Class of 2006

  • General Surgery Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2006-2014

  • PhD, Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis, Emory University, 2009-2012

  • Abdominal Transplantation Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine, 2014-2016

Honors and Awards

  • Fellowship in Transplantation, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 2014

  • Young Investigator Award, American Transplant Congress, 2011-2013

  • Young Innovator Award, American Society of Transplantation Annual Scientific Exchange, 2010, 2011

  • Distinguished Fellow Award, American Society of Transplantation/Canadian Society of Transplantation Joint Symposium, 2011

  • Roche Laboratories Scientist Scholarship, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 2009-2011

  • Robert Linton Surgical Research Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2009

  • Student Research Award, Association for Academic Surgery, 2006

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship, 2004-2005

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons

  • American Society of Transplantation

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Clinical Interests

  • Liver transplantation

  • Hepatobiliary surgery

  • Kidney transplantation

  • Pancreas transplantation

Research Interests

  • Transplant immunology