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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

With his long-time collaborator current Emory School of Medicine Dean Dr. Chris Larsen, Dr. Pearson initiated the Emory Transplantation Immunology Lab, which has 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 unequivocal 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 by the Immunology Lab 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 experimental drug can 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.

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. In July 2014, he began serving a two-year term as associate councillor of Region 3 of the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network and United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS). He was elected by transplant and organ donation professionals at Region 3 transplant organizations within Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas as well as Puerto Rico.

FACULTY

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

B. Daniel Campos, 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
– Director of Admissions, Graduate Program in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

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

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

Christian P. Larsen, MD, DPhil
– Dean, Emory University School of Medicine
– Vice President for Health Center Integration, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
– Chair, Board of Directors, The Emory Clinic
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory

Joseph F. Magliocca, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, 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
– Assistant Professor, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– (Joint Appointment) Assistant 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
– Associate 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
– Surgical Director, Living Donor Paired Kidney Exchange Program, Emory Transplant Center
– Surgical Director, Pancreas Transplantation, Emory Transplant Center

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