Board certified transplant surgeons at BIDMC perform kidney, liver, and pancreas transplants. Transplant surgeons are skilled in pre- and post-operative care of transplant patients, including the management of immunosuppressive (anti-rejection) drugs and drug complications. Transplant surgeons work collaboratively with all members of the transplant team in the selection and care of transplant recipients and donors. Transplant surgeons also perform procedures for patients needing vascular access for hemodialysis or peritoneal kidney dialysis, general surgery in dialysis and transplant patients, and non-transplant hepatobiliary surgery.
Robert A. Fisher, MD
Chief of Transplant Surgery
Dr. Fisher is Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical Center and Chief of the Division of Transplantation at BIDMC. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, completed a residency at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, and a fellowship in transplant surgery at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dr. Fisher was a member of the United Sates Naval Medical Corps, in which he served as Fleet Surgeon for the super-carrier USS Forrestal. Board certified in transplant surgery, Dr. Fisher’s clinical interests include adult liver transplanation, renal, pancreatic, and small bowel transplant, biliary surgery, surgery for portal hypertention, hepatocellular carcinoma, and living donor transplantation.
Amy R. Evenson, MD
Dr. Evenson is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School at Harvard Medical School and on staff in the Transplant Institute at BIDMC. She received her medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and completed her internship and residency in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in transplant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Evenson's clinical interests include liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation; laparoscopic donor nephrectomy; dialysis access; hepatobiliary surgery; and general surgery in transplant candidates and recipients.
Khalid O. Khwaja, MD
Surgical Director of Solid Organ Transplantation
Dr. Khwaja is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Surgical Director of Solid Organ Transplantation at BIDMC. He received his medical degree from Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan, completed his residency in surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Science Center in Farmington, CT, and completed a fellowship in transplant at University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. Dr. Khwaja's clinical interests include liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation; hepatobiliary surgery; dialysis access surgery; and laparoscopic surgery. His research interests include immunosupressive protocols after solid organ transplantation and outcomes research in solid organ transplantation.
Anthony P. Monaco, MD
Dr. Monaco is the distinguished Peter Medawar Professor of Transplantation Surgery at Harvard Medical School and on staff in the Transplant Institute at BIDMC. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at Massachussets General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Monaco completed a research fellowship in Immunology at Harvard Medical School and was an American Cancer Society Clinical Fellow at MGH. He served as the 12th American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) President in 1985, and has led several clinical transplant teams in the Northeast including those at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Rhode Island Hospital Kidney Transplant Center.
Kristin E. Raven, MD
Dr. Kristen Raven received her medical degree at University of Illinois-College of Medicine-Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, IL. She completed her internship and residency in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she also completed a fellowship in abdominal transplantation. Dr. Raven's clinical interests include kidney, liver, and pancreas transplantation; live and deceased donor organ procurement; dialysis-access surgery; general surgery in pre- and post-transplant patients; and hepatobiliary surgery.
Her research interests include ABO-incompatible liver transplantation and renal replacement therapy during liver transplantation.
Leo E. Otterbein, PhD
Dr. Otterbein is Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and an investigator in the Department of Surgery at BIDMC. He also serves as a Site Miner for the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT). Dr. Otterbein’s research focuses on the innate immune response and defense mechanisms in models of trauma, infection, ischemia-reperfusion injury, and regenerative responses to tissue damage.
Dr. Otterbein's research page
James Rodrigue, PhD
Dr. Rodrigue is Professor at Harvard Medical School, Vice Chair of Clinical Research in the Department of Surgery, and Director of Behavioral Health Services and Research in the Transplant Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Rodrigue received his PhD from the University of Memphis. His research lab focuses on one central question: "How can we reduce the gap between the number of people who need transplants and the availability of organs for transplantation?" Dr. Rodrigue has received NIH funding to evaluate strategies to reduce racial and income disparities in live donor kidney transplantation.
Dr. Rodrigue's research page
Barbara Wegiel, PhD, MSc
Dr. Wegiel is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and a research investigator in the Division of Transplantation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She received her PhD from Lund University in Sweden and an MSc and PhD from Jagiellonian University in Poland. Her laboratory focuses on heme degradation pathways and cytoprotective protein, heme oxygenase-1, which during heme catalysis generates carbon monoxide, iron, and biliverdin.
Dr. Wegiel's research page