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Texas Transplant Center Physicians


Transplant Surgery

Luca Cicalese M.D.Luca Cicalese, M.D.

Professor of Surgery

Medical School: University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy

Residency Program: School of General Surgery II, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

Fellowship Program: Transplant Surgery, T.E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Special Interests: Multi-organ transplantation; liver, intestinal transplantation; hepatobiliary surgery; laparoscopic hepatic surgery; immunosuppression and Hepatitis C; hepatocellular carcinoma; cellular transplantation

Research Projects: Effects of new immunosuppressive agents; treatments for liver cancer; ischemia reperfusion injury; organ/cellular preservation; mechanisms of acute and chronic rejection and tolerance induction; bio-artificial intestine; islet transplantation

Kristene K. Gugliuzza, M.D.Kristene K. Gugliuzza, M.D.

Professor of Surgery; Interim Director of Transplant Services, Director of Pancreas Transplant Program

Medical School: University of Illinois, Rockford, Illinois

Residency Program: Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Fellowship Program: Renal Transplantation, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana; pancreas transplantation, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Special Interests: Pancreas and renal transplantation; pediatric renal transplantation; quality management; surgical education; robotic surgery

Research Projects: Outcomes research; effects of new immunosuppressive agents; computer use in the academic surgical setting

Cristiana Rastellini, M.D.Cristiana Rastellini, M.D.

Professor of Surgery, Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology; Director of Cellular Transplantation and Transplant Research

Medical School: University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

Fellowship Program: Cell Transplant Research Fellowship, T.E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Special Interests: Organ transplantation; immunomodulation-immunosuppression; tolerance induction; cell transplantation; beta cell proliferation; diabetes

Research Projects: Organ/cellular preservation; mechanisms of acute and chronic rejection; tolerance induction; pancreatic islet transplantation; beta cell proliferation

Guillermo A. Gomez, M.D.Guillermo A. Gomez, M.D.

Granville T. Hall Chair and Associate Professor of Surgery; Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Medical School: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile School of Medicine

Residency Program: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile School of Medicine–General Surgery and Surgical Gastroenterology; The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas–General Surgery

Special Interests: Endoscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery

Research Projects: Studies in gastrointestinal endocrinology; surgical studies on metabolism of gastrointestinal hormones


Dr. Sharad SharmaSharad Sharma, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Medical School: Indira Gandhi Medical College, India

Residency Program: MAMC, New Delhi, India (General Surgery) (1997-2003)

Transplant Fellowships: Methodist University Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee (2008-2010)

University of Southern California Hospital, Los Angeles, California (2006-2007)

Nazih Zudhi Transplant Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2007-2008)

Membership: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2004)

Special Interests: Immune monitoring; transplant tolerance; allograft manipulation; ischemia reperfusion injury; HCC in cirrhotic, hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancers


Cardiothoracic Surgery

Vincent Conti, M.D.Vincent R. Conti, M.D.

Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

Residency Program: University of California, Los Angeles, California; University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama (Cardiovascular Surgery)

Special Interest: Surgery of acquired heart disease

Research Projects: Myocardial preservation for cardiac surgery; physiology of cardiopulmonary bypass


Dr. Mahamed Morsey

Mohamed Abdel Kader Morsy, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UTMB Division of Cardiology

Medical School: Alexandria University School of Medicine

Residency Program: Internal Medicine, Western Pennsylvania Hospital

Fellowship Program: Cardiology, Western Pennsylvania Hospital

Board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, CT Angiography, Lipid and Metabolism, Hypertension specialist certificate and vascular medicine. 

Recipient of the “Jose Esquivel Avila, MD” best teaching award in 2012 and 2013 and the “William McCarron, MD” award for highest productivity in 2013.

Special interests: Heart failure and transplant, cardiac imaging, and cholesterol management.

Transplant Medicine

Dr. Vincent Valentine

Vincent Valentine, M.D.

Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine

Medical School: Louisiana State University, New Orleans

Residency Program: Internal Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Medicine-New Orleans

Fellowship: Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Stanford University Hospital; Advanced Fellow, Heart-Lung and Lung Transplantation, Stanford University Hospital

Special Interest: Heart-Lung transplantation, lung transplantation, end-state lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis.

Dr. Marjan Afrouzian 

Marjan Afrouzian, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Medical School: Tehran University

Residency Program: Anatomic/Clinical Pathology, Tehran University

Anatomic/Clinical Pathology, University of Calgary

Fellowships: Nephropathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; Nephropathology, University of Alberta, Canada

Interests: Diabetic nephropathy; podocyte injury and proteinuria; mechanisms of rejection in organ transplantation (kidney, liver, lung, heart, pancreas)  

 Ann Kathleen Gamila-Crudo, M.D.

Ann Kathleen Gamilla-Crudo, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Nephrology

Medical/Professional School: University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

Residency Program: Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Fellowships: Nephrology, University of Texas Medical Branch

Internship: General Med/Surg, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

Dr. Wissam Ibrahim Khalife

Wissam Khalife, M.D., F.A.C.C., M.A.A.C.

Assistant Professor
Director of Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplant and Left Ventricular Assist Device Program
Division of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine


Roger Soloway, M.D.

Roger Soloway, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology

Medical School: Cornell University Medical College

Residency Program: Gastroenterology, University of Pennsylvania

Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Mayo Medical School

Special Interest: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology





































































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