Bernhard Hering, MD

Executive Director, Schulze Diabetes Institute

Bernhard Hering

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-5697

Office Address:
Schulze Diabetes Institute
420 Delaware Street SE
Mayo Mail Code 195
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Kelly Swenson

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Executive Director, Schulze Diabetes Institute

Professor, Department of Surgery

Research Chair, Islet Cell Transplantation Program Eunice L. Dwan Diabetes

M.D., Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany, 1983

Residency, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany, 1985-1995 (Internal Medicine)

Fellowship, Justus-Lieb-University, Giessen, Germany, 1995-1996 (Endocrinology)


Bernhard J. Hering, M.D, is Professor and Vice Chair of Translational Medicine in the Department of Surgery, Executive Director of the Schulze Diabetes Institute and Director of Islet Transplantation at the University of Minnesota, where he holds the Jeffrey Dobbs and David Sutherland, MD, PhD Chair in Diabetes Research and the McKnight Presidential Chair in Transplantation Science. Dr. Hering is internationally renowned for his expertise in islet transplantation for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. His research on antigen-specific immune tolerance of transplants has been considered an important breakthrough in transplantation medicine and his studies on porcine islets as a scalable cell source have reinvigorated the field of islet xenotransplantation.

A sought-after speaker, he has given more than 300 invited lectures including keynote lectures at national and international conferences. He is the author or co-author of over 350 articles, including publications in Diabetes Care, JAMA, Nature, Nature Communications, Nature Medicine, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Hering has been a member of steering committees of major research initiatives of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the Clinical Islet Transplantation Consortium, Immune Tolerance Network, Nonhuman Primate Transplantation Tolerance Collaborative Study Group, and Immunobiology of Xenotransplantation Collaborative Study Group and has been the Medical Director of the NIH Collaborative Islet Transplant Registry since its inception. Dr. Hering has served as President of the Cell Transplant Society, International Xenotransplantation Association, and International Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Association. In recognition for his contributions to cell transplantation for diabetes, the U.S. News & World Report and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. named Dr. Hering one of America’s Top Doctors, a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians across the U.S. for their specialty.


  • Diabetes
  • Islet transplantat
  • Pancreatectomy and auto islet transplant
  • solid organ transplant

Professional Associations

Past-President of the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association
Past-President of the International Xenotransplantation Association


Research Summary/Interests

Cell Biology and Immunobiology of Islet Transplantation in Preclinical Models


Clinical Interests

Islet Transplantation for Treatment of Type I Diabetes