I am a Professor and Jesse H. Meredith Chair in Transplant Surgery and Director of Transplantation at Wake Forest Baptist Health, which is currently one of the largest kidney and pancreas transplant centers in the US. I also have a cross-appointment as a Professor both in Urology and with the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine. I accepted this appointment in October 2001 following many years as Professor of Surgery and Director of Pancreas Transplantation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and as Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee, Memphis.
After earning my B.S. degree at the University of Notre Dame, I received my M.D. degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine and trained in General Surgery at the University of Utah. I then completed a transplant clinical and research fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I am co-author of 6 books, 41 book chapters, >750 abstracts, >100 online commentaries, >425 oral presentations, and >450 peer-reviewed articles dealing predominantly with transplantation. I have accumulated more than $10 million in career research funding. I have been active in medical school, surgical resident, and transplant fellow education since 1988; have been a member of 35 medical societies; three editorial and physician review boards each; and numerous local, regional, and national committees including United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) activities since 1988.
My areas of research interest and expertise include kidney and pancreas allocation and transplantation, immunosuppressive strategies, organ donation and preservation, and utilization of marginal donors. I am the past President of the Executive Board of Directors of Carolina Donor Services and was recently Councillor of UNOS Region 11 and a member of the UNOS Board of Directors. I have lectured worldwide on kidney and pancreas transplantation, have performed more than 2,500 transplants in my career, am board certified in General Surgery, and have been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1993, one of America's Top Surgeons since 2004, and am currently listed as one of America’s Top Doctors and the Patients’ Choice Award.