Advancing Organ Transplantation and Life Support Research

The innovative transplant surgery research at U-M is changing how patients with organ injury and failure are treated globally.


Research centers around the optimal preservation and use of life-saving organ donations, the exploration of cutting-edge extracorporeal life support technologies and immunosupportive therapies to reduce transplant rejection and patients’ susceptibility to infection.

Transplant Researchers
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Vinay Aakalu, MD, MPH Vinay Aakalu
Professor of Ophthalmology
Professor of Visual Sciences
aaronson-keith Keith D Aaronson
Bertram Pitt M.D.
Collegiate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor of Internal Medicine
Medical Director
Cardiology Transplant
Ahmed AbdelLatif Ahmed Abdel-latif
Professor of Internal Medicine
Program Director, Internal Medicine
Ashraf S. Abou El Ela Ashraf S Abou El Ela
Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery
labcoat Ghada A Abusin
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Vice Chair of IRBMED
labcoat Farsad Afshinnia, MD MS
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Jaimo Ahn Jaimo Ahn
Harold W and Helen L Gehring Research Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery
Section Head and Service Chief, Faculty Affairs, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery
ailawadi-gorav.jpg Gorav Ailawadi
Helen F and Marvin M Kirsh Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Chair, Department of Cardiac Surgery
Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Robert Bartlett Bob Bartlett
Professor Emeritus of Surgery
Katherine Elise Bates, MD Katherine E Bates
Associate Chief Clinical Officer
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Belloli-Beth-2023 Elizabeth Anne Belloli
Ambulatory Care Clinical Chief
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
berinstein-jeffrey Jeffrey Berinstein
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Latest Publications
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Cartilage thickness mismatches in patellar osteochondral allograft transplants affect local cartilage stresses
Rosario, R, Arruda, EM, Grant, JA, Coleman, RM, J Orthop Res, 2023 Nov; DOI:10.1002/jor.25569
PMID: 37031360
Quality of Life After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Normal-Flow, Low-Gradient Aortic Stenosis
Harris, AW, Khaleel, I, Seth, M, Sukul, D, Deeb, GM, Joseph, MS, Grossman, PM, Fukuhara, S, Chetcuti, S, JACC Advances, 2023 Nov; DOI:10.1016/j.jacadv.2023.100641
Consensus recommendations in the management of Ewing sarcoma from the National Ewing Sarcoma Tumor Board
Gupta, A, Riedel, RF, Shah, C, Borinstein, SC, Isakoff, MS, Chugh, R, Rosenblum, JM, Murphy, ES, Campbell, SR, Albert, CM, Zahler, S, Thomas, SM, Trucco, M, Cancer, 2023 Nov; DOI:10.1002/cncr.34942
PMID: 37403815
Aortic valve versus root surgery after failed transcatheter aortic valve replacement
Vitanova, K, Zaid, S, Tang, GHL, Kaneko, T, Bapat, VN, Modine, T, Denti, P, EXPLANT-TAVR Investigators, Array, J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2023 Nov; DOI:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2021.12.060
PMID: 35525801
CD19 CAR T-cell therapy demonstrates activity against extramedullary disease in pediatric patients with B-ALL.
Epperly, R, Shulkin, BL, Bag, AK, Cheng, C, Inaba, H, Lucas, JT, Naik, S, Triplett, BM, Gottschalk, S, Talleur, AC, Blood Adv, 2023 Oct; DOI:10.1182/bloodadvances.2023010461
PMID: 37595052
Association of Digoxin Use With Transplant-Free Interstage Survival in Infants Palliated With a Stage 1 Hybrid Procedure.
Reddy, RK, Zyblewski, SC, Chowdhury, SM, Godown, J, Bradley, SM, Brown, DW, Duncan, RK, Brown, TN, Bates, KE, Minich, LL, Costello, JM, J Am Heart Assoc, 2023 Oct; DOI:10.1161/JAHA.123.029521
PMID: 37804192
Echocardiographic and Clinical Outcomes in Symptomatic Patients With Less Than Severe Aortic Stenosis After Supra-Annular Self-Expanding Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Sharma, RK, Laham, RJ, Sorajja, P, Shah, B, Garcia, S, Jain, R, Fender, EA, Philip, F, Eisenberg, R, Popma, JJ, Chetcuti, S, Am J Cardiol, 2023 Oct; DOI:10.1016/j.amjcard.2023.08.140
PMID: 37812864
Durable Mechanical Circulatory Support: JACC Scientific Statement
Tedford, RJ, Leacche, M, Lorts, A, Drakos, SG, Pagani, FD, Cowger, J, J Am Coll Cardiol, 2023 Oct; DOI:10.1016/j.jacc.2023.07.019
PMID: 37758441
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Medicare policy change could increase inequity in heart transplant access, study finds
Patients seen at transplant centers had almost 80% higher odds to receive “bridge-to-transplant” designation
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Donor hearts can be reprogrammed with medication for longer storage, improved transplant outcomes
Metabolic mechanism protects hearts from damaging metabolites that build up in cold storage, study finds
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Patient celebrates 30-year anniversary of lung transplant
Celebrating 30 years since her life-saving lung transplant, Mary Pierce's story is an inspiration to us all. Read how she overcame the odds and continues to live life to the fullest.