Andrew Adams, MD, PhD

Professor and Chief, Division of Transplantation,

Andrew Adams

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-301-0786

Fax 612-624-7168

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE MMC 195, Mpls,
MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Stephanie Taylor

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Professor and Chief, Division of Transplantation

John S. Najarian Surgical Chair in Clinical Transplantation

Executive Medical Director, Solid Organ Transplant
Service Line, M Health Fairview

Resident in General Surgery 2005 - 2010

Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital

Fellow in Transplant Surgery 2010 - 2012 Emory University School of Medicine Emory University Hospital

PhD, Emory University 2003

Dissertation Title: "Transplantation Tolerance: Successful

Approaches and Potential Barriers"

MD, Magna cum laude, Emory University School of

Medicine 2005

Major: Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

BS, Brigham Young University 1997 Major: Molecular Biology

American Board of Surgery


As a transplant surgeon and scientist, Dr. Adams is interested in developing the best therapies and diagnostics for transplant patients, by understanding the fundamental mechanisms of the immune system that give rise to organ rejection. As a graduate student, under the direction of Drs. Chris Larsen and Tom Pearson, Dr. Adams investigated the efficacy of costimulation blockade and helped develop Belatacept, now a clinically available therapy for transplant patients. Belatacept leads to improved survival and kidney function for renal transplant patients. The Adams’ Lab has four main areas of investigation (1) costimulation blockade and costimulation independent rejection (2) xenotransplantation (3) transplant diagnostics (4) transplant outcomes.


Liver Transplant

Kidney Transplant

Pediatric Transplant


Awards & Recognition

Doctor's Day Outstanding Faculty Recognition, Emory University School of Medicine, 2017 

Basic Science Career Development Award, American Society of Transplantation, 2017 

Fellow's Choice Award, Genzyme Transplant Fellows Conference, 2012

Woodruff Scholar Early Independence Award, 2011 

Chief Resident Teaching Award, General Surgery Residency Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2010 

Fellowship in Transplantation Award, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 2010

Professional Associations

International Xenotransplantation Association 2015 –


American Society of Transplant Surgeons 2010 - Present

American College of Surgeons 2008 - Present

American Society of Transplantation 2004 - Present

The Transplantation Society 2000 – Present


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Adams research efforts are concentrated on the development of novel strategies and therapeutics to promote transplantation tolerance. He has made important contributions to our understanding concerning the interplay between viral infection, immune memory and the allo-immune response. Dr. Adams is also an internationally recognized expert in large animal models of xenotransplantation (pig-to-non-human primateorgan transplant).