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Robert Avery Montgomery, M.D.

Chief, Division of Transplantation
Professor of Surgery


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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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  • Chief, Division of Transplantation
  • Director, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center
  • Professor of Surgery

Centers & Institutes


  • Surgery - Transplant Surgery


Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-6685

601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-5957

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-6685

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-5957


Abdominal Surgery, ABO Incompatible Transplant, Altruistic Donor Programs, Incompatible Kidney Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Live Donor, Laparoscopic Kidney Surgery, Laparoscopic Live Donor Nephrectomy, Liver Transplant , Minimally Invasive Surgery, Paired Kidney Exchange, Pancreas Transplant, Pancreatic Surgery, Positive Crossmatch Transplant, Transplant Surgery, Transplants, Vascular Surgery

Research Interests

Mechanisms underlying the immunomodulatory effect of plasmapheresis, gene and cell based therapies for ameliorating ischemia/reperfusion injury to transplanted organs


Dr. Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, FACS, is the inaugural recipient of the Margery K. and Thomas Pozefsky Endowed Professorship in Kidney Transplantation. 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. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctor of science from his Alma Mater, St Lawrence University. Dr. Montgomery completed his general surgical training, multi-organ  transplantation fellowship and post-doctoral fellowship in human molecular genetics 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 and the Hopkins protocol for desensitization of incompatible kidney transplant patients. Dr. Montgomery participated in 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 one day. Dr. Montgomery is considered a world expert on kidney transplantation for highly sensitized and  BO incompatible patients. His work with patients in these programs has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, the CBS, ABC and NBC Evening News, CNN, The Discovery Channel, USA Today, and the front page of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Dr. Montgomery 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 and the National Kidney Registry recognized him with the Terasaki Medical Innovation Award. more

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Kidney Transplant ACCEPTOR Clinical Trial | Q&A

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    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • University of Rochester / MD (1987)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Surgery (1995)


    • American Board of Surgery / Surgery (1996, 2006)
  • Research & Publications +

    Clinical Trials:

    ACCEPTOR Clinical Trial for Kidney Transplant Recipients

    The purpose of this study is to find out if the study treatment will allow people to accept their new kidney and be able to stop taking anti-rejection medications.

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


  • Videos & Media +


    Johns Hopkins Medicine Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program. Valentine's Day Kidney Swap 2009

    Meet Dr. Montgomery

    What Makes the Comprehensive Transplant Center Unique?

    Kidney Transplants- Even if Patients are Incompatible

    Meet Our Expert: Dr. Robert Montgomery

    Pamela Paulk's Kidney Donation at Johns Hopkins Medicine

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