Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Division Chief's Message

Welcome to the Division of Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery. Our division aims to provide the Chicago-area community with innovative research, education, and clinical care in transplant surgery through Feinberg’s affiliated hospitals. Though this site, we hope to inform the public about our cutting-edge research pursuits, educational opportunities including fellowships, and our relationship with our world-class, high volume clinical practice.

As you navigate our site you will learn more about our innovative transplant techniques. We are proud of these efforts' ability to expand the organ donor pool through innovative transplants. Such efforts include: desensitization of donor specific antibodies, blood type incompatible transplant, and paired donor exchange transplants that include novel domino transplants. Innovative transplants benefit patients by successfully completing previously impossible living donor kidney transplants, making living donor transplant an option for more recipients, and decreasing waiting time to find a donor organ. This benefits the global transplant community in addition to individual patients. Every time we shorten the waiting list, with an innovative transplant previously impossible, we decrease the waiting time for all potential transplant recipients and their families. Often such waiting time can make the difference in a patient's survival.

In addition, the Division of Organ Transplantation conducts cutting-edge research focused on bringing innovative techniques to bedside practice. We have established a leading lab in the research of virology, and we are rapidly developing immunomonitoring and tolerance research labs, having received NIH grant awards in both these areas. Our Islet Transplantation research has been extremely successful in bringing research to clinical application for the benefit of diabetes patients. Cutting edge research on the clinical benefits of stem cell transplantation on the induction of tolerance is also underway in the division and with collaborations across the Comprehensive Transplant Center. The division is also excited to pursue its research in outcomes and health services for the benefit of all transplant recipients and the Chicago area community.

The Division of Organ Transplantation recruits and maintains prestigious faculty members with highly regarded research pursuits. Our faculty includes transplant nephrologists and hepatologists with appointments in Medicine and Surgery. The division offers three fellowships through the CTC: Surgical Transplantation, Transplant Nephrology, and Transplant Hepatology. A multitude of opportunities are available for our fellows due to our large clinical practice and reputation of national leadership.

The Division of Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University benefits from an ambitious and dedicated team of faculty and staff. We hope that you find this site a reflection of our efforts to achieve excellence in service and education. We invite you to contact us with your comments and questions

Michael Abecassis

Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA
Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
Chief, Division of Surgery-Organ Transplantation
James Roscoe Miller Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Professor in Surgery-Organ Transplantation and Microbiology-Immunology