Dr. Raja Kandaswamy is the Vice-Chair of the Transplantation Division, Sutherland-Butterfield Professor in Immunology & Transplantation, Director of the Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Programs, and Director of the Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he has been faculty for the last 20 years. He serves on both national and international bodies, including being President of IPITA, Senior Staff for Pancreas Transplantation at SRTR and serving on various committees of the ASTS.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Madras, he completed his residency in General Surgery at Howard University Hospital and his Fellowship in Transplant Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kandaswamy has published over 100 articles, has over 300 accepted abstracts at national and international transplant meetings and has been an invited speaker at conferences nationally and internationally.
He is an Associate Editor for Clinical Transplantation. He is a reviewer for several journals, including American Journal of Kidney Diseases, American Journal of Transplantation, and Transplantation. His surgical expertise is in the area of multiorgan abdominal transplants including kidney, liver, pancreas, and islet transplantation. He has spearheaded the effort to develop and implement laparoscopic donor nephrectomy at the University of Minnesota. He performed the world’s first laparoscopic hemi-pancreatectomy in combination with nephrectomy as a donor procedure.
His area of research interests are in kidney, pancreas and islet transplants of which he has
led several major studies in, especially those involving steroid avoidance/withdrawal.
Kidney Transplant, Liver Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Living Donor Transplant
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