Transplantation Faculty

Executive Director, Emory Transplant Center

Thomas C. Pearson, MD, DPhil
– Livingston Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Kidney Transplant Program, Emory University
– Co-Director, Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program, Emory University
– Affiliate Scientist, Division of Pathobiology and Immunobiology, Yerkes Primate Research Center

Dr. Pearson and his long-time collaborator Dr. Chris Larsen played a pivotal role in developing the class of immunosuppressive drugs known as costimulation blockers. In 1996, Dr. Larsen, Dr. Pearson, and others published an article in Nature that provided evidence that blocking one of the immune signals required for organ rejection (costimulatory blockage) at the time of transplantation promoted long-term survival of organ allografts in rodents. This finding was rapidly translated to primates at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and later to humans.

In March 2010, Dr. Pearson, Dr. Larsen, and their colleagues published the data from two international phase III clinical trials of belatacept in the American Journal of Transplantation, concluding that the then-experimental drug could prevent graft rejection in kidney transplant recipients while better preserving kidney function and maintaining lower blood pressure and cholesterol when compared to standard immunosuppressive medications. In June 2011, the FDA approved belatacept in the form of the drug Nulojix for the prevention of graft rejection after kidney transplants. The drug is now being tested in clinical trials for kidney transplant, liver transplant, and pancreatic islet transplant.

In addition to being an eminent scientist, Dr. Pearson is also a highly accomplished transplant surgeon and has been involved in such milestones as the performance of Georgia's first islet transplant.

Faculty

Andrew B. Adams, MD, PhD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

I. Raul Badell, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Mandy L. Ford, PhD
– Associate Professor, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Scientific Director, Emory Transplant Center
– Training Faculty, Graduate Program in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Neal N. Iwakoshi, PhD
– Assistant Professor, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Christian P. Larsen, MD, DPhil
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Affiliate Scientist, Yerkes Primate Research Center

Raymond J. Lynch, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Denise J. Lo, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Joseph F. Magliocca, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Surgical Director, Adult and Pediatric Liver Transplantation, Emory University Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Kenneth A. Newell, MD, PhD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Program Director, Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Ronald F. Parsons, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Rachel E. Patzer, PHD, MPH
– Associate Professor, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– (Joint Appointment) Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health

Elizabeth A. Strobert, DVM
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief, Veterinary Medicine, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University

Paul L. Tso, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Nicole A. Turgeon, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Clinical Islet Transplant Program, Emory Transplant Center
– Director, Extramural Studies, General Surgery Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University
– Director of Pancreas Transplantation, Emory Transplant Center
– Surgical Director, Living Donor Kidney and Living Donor Pancreas Transplant Programs, Emory Transplant Center
– Director, Kidney Transplant Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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