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October 25, 2001
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Hopkins Transplant Center Names New Directors For Kidney/Liver Programs

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 of Transplantation.

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/


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