Professor of Surgery; Director of Transplant Services
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
Professor of Surgery; 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
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
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
John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Residency: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Research: Clinical research in pancreatic cancer and other biliary malignancies; molecular genetics of pancreatic cancer, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Clinical Interests: Pancreatic and biliary cancer; benign diseases of the pancreas and biliary tree, including pancreatitis and benign bile duct strictures; gastrointestinal surgery
Research Interest: Treatment and outcomes in pancreatic cancer; intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms of the pancreas; benign pancreatic and biliary disease
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
Professor of Surgery; Chief 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
Assistant Professor, Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
Medical School: State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Residency Programs: General Surgery, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York and
Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Fellowship: Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts
Special Interests: VATS lobectomy, minimally invasive esophagectomy, heart and lung transplant, off-pump coronary revascularization, mesothelioma, hyperhidrosis, pectus repair, tracheal resection, mediastinal tumors, surgical education and patient safety
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.
Vincent Valentine, M.D.
Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep 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.
Robert Beach, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine & Family Medicine
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine-New Orleans
Residency Program: Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch
Fellowships: Nephrology, University of Texas Medical Branch
Alexander G. Duarte, M.D.
Medical School: University of Illinois-Chicago
Residency Program: Internal Medicine Loyola University, Chicago
Fellowship: Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Loyola University
Special Interests: Lung transplantation, advanced lung disease, aerosol delivery and pulmonary hypertension.
Feroze Abid Hussain, M.D.
Medical School: The Aga Khan University-Pakistan-2001
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Arizona Tucson- 2007
Fellowship: Transplant Hepatology, Baylor College of Houston- 2011
Clinical and Research Interests: Hepatitis C treatment, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and complications. Also,
Marjan Afrouzian, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Medical School: Tehran University
Residency Program: Anatomic/Clinical Pathology, Tehran University
Interests: Diabetic nephropathy; podocyte injury and proteinuria; mechanisms of rejection in organ transplantation (kidney, liver, lung, heart, pancreas)
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
Wissam Khalife, M.D., F.A.C.C., M.A.A.C.
Roger Soloway, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology
Residency Program: Gastroenterology, University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Mayo Medical School
Special Interest: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
The Texas Transplant Center is an integral part of UTMB’s Department of Surgery, widely recognized as one of academic medicine’s premier surgery programs. In fact, among 128 medical schools, the department was ranked 13th last year in National Institutes of Health funding.
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