October 25, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Blum
The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center has named new leaders for
its adult kidney/pancreas transplant and living related liver transplant programs.
Hamid Rabb, M.D., is the new physician director of the kidney/pancreas transplant
program, Ernesto Molmenti, M.D., has been appointed surgical director of the
kidney/pancreas transplant program, and Luis Arrazola, M.D., has been named
director of the living related liver transplant program.
"Together, these physicians bring a wealth of knowledge in transplant
procedures and research," says Andrew S. Klein, M.D., transplant center
director. "This should further strengthen our already successful kidney/pancreas
program, and our rapidly growing living related liver program."
Rabb comes to Hopkins from the University of Minnesota, where he was associate
professor of medicine and director of the kidney research laboratory. He received
his medical degree with distinction from McGill University, Montreal, Canada,
in 1985 and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California-Los
Angeles. He then received training in nephrology and molecular immunology at
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. His National
Institutes of Health-funded research is targeted toward improving early transplant
function. He is currently chairman of scientific studies for the American Society
Molmenti was formerly a transplant surgeon for Baylor University Medical Center
and clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Center in Dallas. A 1989 graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine,
he trained at Barnes Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine in St.
Louis and the University of Pittsburgh's Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute.
Molmenti has given more than 150 presentations around the world on his research
in kidney, pancreas, liver and intestinal transplant. He has published extensively
and received numerous awards.
Arrazola joins Hopkins from New York Presbyterian Hospital, part of Columbia/Cornell University, where he was assistant attending surgeon. He earned his medical degree in 1991 from Navarra University in Spain. In addition to his schooling, he was active in acquiring medical/surgical training at Edinburgh and Newcastle Universities, and in clinics in Kenya, Tanzania, East Malaysia and leading teaching hospitals (Northwestern, Loyola and Rush) in Chicago. He completed a surgical residency at the University of Kentucky, a clinical/research fellowship in kidney, pancreas, small bowel and liver transplantation at the University of Minnesota, and clinical/research fellowships in hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation at Columbia-Cornell and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Related Web sites:
The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/