Faculty Profiles

Collin Weber, MD

Collin J. Weber, MD

William C. McGarity Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Elizabeth Brooke Gottlich Diabetes Research and Islet Transplant Laboratory, Emory University

Telephone: 404.778.3712

Email: cweber@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery, originally certified 1979, recertified 1999, added qualifications in Surgical Critical Care, 1990, recertified 2009

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 1992


Dr. Weber's distinguished career includes seminal investigations and contributions to the field of diabetes research, including being among the first diabetes investigators to examine both cross-species islet transplantation and the protective encapsulation of transplanted islets. Dr. Weber directs the Elizabeth Brooke Gottlich Diabetes Research and Islet Transplant Lab, and has received significant funding for his efforts to make islet transplantation a viable cure for patients with Type 1 diabetes and to increase the supply of donor islets.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MD, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY, Class of 1971

  • General Surgery Residency, Department of Surgery, Columbia University, and College of Physicians and Surgeons, Surgical Service, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1972-1978

  • Doctor of Medical Science, Columbia University, New York, NY, and NIH Postdoctoral Research Trainee in Surgery, Department of Surgery, Columbia University, 1973-1978

Honors and Awards

  • First Annual Arthur Blakemore Prize for Surgical Research, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, June, 1978

  • NIH Research Career Development Award, #1 KO4 AM00806, September 5, 1980-August 31, 1985

  • Golden-Lamport Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, May, 1985

  • JDRF Medical Science Review Committee, 2009-2011

  • Atlanta's Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2011-2015

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • The Transplantation Society (International)

  • The Association for Academic Surgery

  • International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association

  • Society of University Surgeons

  • New York Surgical Society

  • Society of University Surgeons

  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons

  • International Association of Endocrine Surgeons

  • Societe International de Chirurgie

  • Cell Transplant Society (founding member)

  • Atlanta Surgical Society

  • American Surgical Association

  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • Medical Association of Georgia

  • DeKalb Medical Society

  • Southern Surgical Association

Clinical Interests

  • Adrenal masses

  • Colorectal surgery

  • Endocrinology surgery

  • Gallbladder surgery

  • Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Hernia

  • Pancreatic surgery

  • Parathyroid surgery

  • Rectal surgery

  • Thyroid surgery

Research Interests

  • Developing techniques for safe and durable pancreatic islet transplantation for patients with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, the focus being the use of xenogeneic tissues as sources of donor islets and microencapsulation plus selective immune modulation of hosts to accomplish cross species islet graft survival.

  • Investigating the causes and functional characteristics of human parathyroid tumors by examining secreted products of human parathyroid tumors including neuropeptides and cytokines and analyzing replication of parathyroid tumors of differing histopathologies.