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Speaker Topics: Transplant Center

Speaker Topics: Transplant Center


  • Renal disease & transplantation
  • Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy
  • Positive crossmatch and ABO incompatible transplantation
  • Paired kidney exchange
  • Altruistic donor programs
  • Use of expanded criteria donors 
  • Use of pulsatile perfusion pumping to preserve and rescue donor organs
  • Gene/cell based therapies for ameliorating ischemia/reperfusion injury to transplanted organs

Robert Montgomery, M.D., D.Phil
Director, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center

Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of the Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program, Chief of the Division of Transplantation, and Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center, at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.  He received his Medical education at the University of Rochester where he was the valedictorian of his class.  He received his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford, England in molecular immunology.  Montgomery completed his general surgical and multi-organ transplantation training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He was a postdoctoral fellow in Human Molecular Genetics also at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Montgomery has been involved in the development of innovative approaches to expanding live donor renal transplantation including: the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, positive crossmatch and ABO incompatible transplantation, paired kidney exchange, and altruistic donor programs.  His work with patients in these programs has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS and NBC Evening News, CNN, The Discovery Channel, and in USA Today, The New York Times and The Washington Post.  He was part of the team that performed the world’s first live donor kidney removal using minimally invasive techniques.  He led the team that performed the first triple swap kidney transplant.  He is considered a world’s expert on kidney transplantation for highly-sensitized and ABO incompatible patients.  His other clinical interests include the use of expanded criteria donors and pulsatile perfusion pumping to preserve and rescue these organs. 

Dr. Montgomery is a member of many Surgical Societies.  He has received several awards and distinctions including a Fulbright Scholarship, 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.


  • Advanced heart failure
  • Surgical therapies for heart failure from a Cardiologist
  • Update on new therapies for heart failure

Dr. Stuart Russell
Associate Professor of Medicine
Clinical Chief, Heart Failure and Transplantation

Dr Russell is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is the Clinical Chief of Heart Failure and Transplantation.  He went to medical school at the University of Washington before coming to Johns Hopkins to do his Internal Medicine residency from 1991 to 1994.  He then went to Duke University Medical Center for his Cardiology fellowship.  After fellowship, he went to UCLA Medical Center to do an additional fellowship in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation.  He then returned to Duke where he was the Medical Director of Cardiac Transplant and the Associate Director of Heart Failure since 1999. 

Dr. Russell came back to Johns Hopkins in 2004 to be the Clinical Chief of Heart Failure and Transplantation.  Dr. Russell’s main research interest is in the exercise physiology of patients with heart failure.  This includes trying to understand the pathophysiology of the exercise limitations that these patients have, understanding if exercise is safe in this population, and using exercise testing to predict the effects of new medications.  Additionally, he has participated as the Director of an Exercise Core Lab for many multicenter trials.  Dr. Russell also has a research interest in the complications that occur in patients post transplant and has been active in trials trying to reduce those complications.


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