John S. Najarian, MD Lecture in Transplantation

Najarian Lecture


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What has been and what will be: A Transplant Odyssey

Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil
Director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute
Professor of Surgery

Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, FACS, is the Director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute and a Professor of Surgery. He received his Doctor of Medicine with Honor from the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  He received his Doctor of Philosophy from Balliol College, The University of Oxford, England in Molecular Immunology.  Montgomery completed his general surgical training, multi-organ transplantation fellowship, and postdoctoral fellowship in Human Molecular Genetics at Johns Hopkins.  For over a decade he served as the Chief of Transplant Surgery and the Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Montgomery was part of the team that developed the laparoscopic procedure for live kidney donation, a procedure that has become the standard throughout the world.  He and the Hopkins team conceived the idea of the Domino Paired Donation (kidney swaps), the Hopkins protocol for desensitization of incompatible kidney transplant patients, and performed the first chain of transplants started by an altruistic donor.  He led the team that performed the first 2-way domino paired donation, 3-way paired donation, 3-way domino paired donation, 4-way paired donation, 4-way domino paired donation, 5-way domino paired donation, 6-way domino paired donation, 8-way multi-institutional domino paired donation, and co-led the first 10-way open chain.  He is credited in the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records with the most kidney transplants performed in 1 day.   He is considered a world expert on kidney transplantation for highly sensitized and ABO incompatible patients and is referred the most complex patients from around the globe.

Dr. Montgomery's clinical and basic science research has been supported by the NIH throughout his career.  His academic interests include HLA sensitization, tolerance protocols including simultaneous solid organ and bone marrow transplantation, and xenotransplantation.  He has received important awards and distinctions including a Fulbright Scholarship and a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and memberships in the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor societies. He has been awarded multiple scholarships from The American College of Surgeons and The American Society of Transplant Surgeons.  The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland has recognized his contributions to the field of transplantation with the Champion of Hope Award, the National Kidney Registry with the Terasaki Medical Innovation Award and The Greater New York Hospital Association with the Profile in Courage Award.

About John S. Najarian, MD 

This lecture series honors the work of former Department of Surgery Chair Dr. John Najarian (1967-1993).  In 2007, the John S. Najarian Surgical Chair in Clinical Transplantation was established in his honor.  Under his leadership, major research, clinical and educational contributions to the field of surgery led to the development of one of the world's largest transplant programs.   Recognized with a multitude of national and international awards, Najarian’s crowning honor is the 2004 Medawar Prize, widely deemed the world’s most prestigious award for outstanding achievement in organ transplantation.  He became a Medawar laureate for his monumental contributions to immunobiology, experimental transplantation and clinical transplantation. 


Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 7:30am