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Russell Noel Wesson, M.B.B.Ch., M.B.Ch.B.

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Assistant of Surgery

Expertise: Gallbladder Diseases, Hepatobiliary Disease, Kidney Transplant, Live Kidney Donation, Liver Cancer, Liver Transplant, Liver Tumors, Pancreas Transplant more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
Appointment Phone: 443-287-7789

601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)
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1800 Orleans St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Russell Wesson, M.B.Ch.B., is an assistant professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Division of Transplant Surgery.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, Wesson completed his internship at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa, his community service at Madwaleni in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, and returned as a medical officer in hebatobiliary and pediatric surgery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. In 2009, Wesson joined Johns Hopkins as a resident in the Department of Surgery until 2016, after which time he joined the transplant team as a fellow in abdominal transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery.

His areas of clinical expertise include hepatobiliary surgery as well as liver, pancreas, and kidney transplantation and living kidney donation. 

Wesson has spent two years of academic research time within the Transplant Biology Research Center at the Johns Hopkins University. His work focuses on expanding basic science and translational research within the context of liver and kidney transplantation as well as organ injury. more


  • Assistant of Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MBChB, University of Cape Town Medical School (2003)


  • Madwaleni Hospital / Medicine (2005)
  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital / General Surgery (2007)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Surgery (2016)


  • Medical College of Virginia / Burn Surgery (2009)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery / Surgery (2016)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Wesson, RN.; Etchill, EW.; Garonzik-Wang, J. Application and interpretation of histocompatibility data in liver transplantation. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2017 Jul 13. PMID: 28708813

Ahmadi AR, Chicco M, Wesson RN, Anders RA, Dor FJMF, IJzermans JNM, Creamer TJ, Williams GM, Sun Z, Cameron AM. Stem Cell Mobilization Is Lifesaving in a Large Animal Preclinical Model of Acute Liver Failure. Ann Surg. 2018 Oct;268(4):620-631. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002958.

PMID: 30102635

Cameron AM, Wesson RN, Ahmadi A, Singer AL, Hu X, Okabayashi T, Wang Y, Shigoka M, Fu Y, Gao W, Raccusen LC, Montgomery RA, Williams GM, Sun Z. Chimeric Allografts Induced by Short-Term Treatment with Stem Cell Mobilizing Agents Result in Long-term Kidney Transplant Survival without Immunosuppression: II Study in Miniature Swine. Am J Transplant. 2016 Jan 8. doi: 10.1111/ajt.13703. PMID: 26748958

Ahmadi AR; Qi L; Wesson RN; Dor F; Burdik J; Williams G; Cameron A; Sun Z. Prevention of Donor Specific Antibody Production after Skin Allografting by Mobilization of Endogenous Stem Cells Using a Combination of AMD3100 and Low-dose FK506 in Rats; Transplantation. 101(5S-3):S60, MAY 2017. doi: 10.1097/

Wesson RN, Cameron AM. "Stem Cells in Acute Liver Failure." Advances in Surgery, 2011; 45:117-130. PubMed PMID: 21954682.

Activities & Honors


  • Friend of Nursing Johns Hopkins Hospital Award, 2016
  • General Surgery Clerkship Teaching Award, Outstanding Senior Resident Teacher, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2015
  • General Surgery Resident of the Year Award, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2010
  • University of Cape Town Student Health and Welfare Centers Organization Award for Excellence in Community Outreach Clinic Management, 2002

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Pharmacologic Mobilization of Endogenous Stem Cells Increases Wound Tensile Strength and Reduces Scarring in an Aged Mouse Model
    Oral Presentation, Scientific Forum (10/01/2015)
    American College of Surgeons
  • Pharmacologic mobilization of hematopoeitic stem cells induces graft acceptance in a large animal preclinical model of kidney transplantation
    Oral Presentation, Gregory Bulkley Lecture in Surgical Research, Baltimore (06/01/2014)
    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Plerixafor and tacrolimus dual therapy accelerates healing in a small animal model of full thickness burn injury
    Poster Presentation, Department of Surgery Research Poster Session, Baltimore, MD (03/01/2014)
    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Portal/Superior Mesenteric Vein Resection During Pancreatic Surgery: Evolution of technique and Lessons Learned
    Oral Presentation, Gregory Bulkley Lecture in Surgical Research, Baltimore, MD (06/01/2013)
    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Chronic Pancreatitis in a patient with malnutrition due to Anorexia Nervosa
    Poster Presentation, South African Gastroenterological Society Conference, Sun City, South Africa (01/01/2007)
  • Social and institutional factors impacting the management of pediatric surgery patients in an academic public hospital in South Africa
    Poster Presentation, South African Association of Pediatrics Conference (01/01/2008)

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