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

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Assistant Professor of Surgery

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

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Appointment Phone: 443-287-7789

601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

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Russell Wesson, MB.ChB., is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Division of Transplant Surgery.

His areas of clinical expertise include Hepatobiliary surgery, Liver, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation as well as Living Kidney donation. 

Dr. Wesson completed his General Surgery Residency in 2016 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He started as an intern at Johns Hopkins in 2009 after receiving his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

After his residency, Dr. Wesson completed the American Society of Transplant Surgery accredited Fellowship in Abdominal Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Johns Hopkins.  He continues on faculty with the division of transplant surgery.

Dr. 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 Professor 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

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

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

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


  • General Surgery Residency Teaching Award, Outstanding Senior Resident Teacher, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2015
  • General Surgery Resident of the Year Award,, The Johns Hopkins Hospital PA residents, 2010
  • Friend of Nursing Johns Hopkins Hospital Award, 2016

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, Baltimore (06/01/2014)
    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Portal/Superior Mesenteric Vein Resection During Pancreatic Surgery: Evolution of technique and Lessons Learned
    Oral Presentation, Baltimore, MD (06/01/2013)
    The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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