Ranked among the busiest solid organ transplant programs in the country and part of the Emory Transplant Center, an umbrella organization that oversees and integrates all of Emory's academic, clinical, and research resources in organ transplantation, the Division of Transplantation of the Department of Surgery at Emory specializes in islet, kidney, kidney/pancreas, and liver transplantation for adult and pediatric patients.
The history of the Division's transplant efforts includes performing Georgia's first kidney transplant in 1966, the state's first liver transplant in 1987, its first simultaneous kidney/pancreas operation in 1989, its first living-related pediatric liver transplant in 1997, its first laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy in 1999, its first islet transplant to treat Type 1 diabetes in 2003, the first hand transplant in Georgia and the Southeast in 2011, and Emory and Georgia's first HIV to HIV kidney transplant in 2017.
The Transplant Immunology Lab is the research component of the Division and is investigating innovative strategies to stop rejection of transplanted organs and free patients from the toxic side effects of daily immunosuppressant medicines. The lab has done seminal work in the establishment of co-stimulation blockade as a viable treatment for achieving long-term survival of organ allografts for recipients of solid organ transplants. Programs specific to kidney, pancreas, heart, liver, lung, and bone marrow transplantation are ongoing.
General surgery residents study with Division faculty during transplant service rotations in the first and third years of training. At all levels, residents can participate in organ retrieval surgery. The Division also offers offers an accredited two-year, clinical fellowship in adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplantation as well as adult pancreas transplantation.