OBM Transplantation

(ISSN 2577-5820)

OBM Transplantation is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal, which covers all evidence-based scientific studies related to transplantation, including: transplantation procedures and the maintenance of transplanted tissues or organs; assimilation of grafted tissue and the reconstitution of removed organs or parts of organs; transplantation of heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreatic islets and bone marrow, etc. Areas related to clinical and experimental transplantation are also of interest.

OBM Transplantation is committed to rapid review and publication, and we aim at serving the international transplant community with high accessibility as well as relevant and high quality content.

We welcome original clinical studies as well as basic science, reviews, short reports/rapid communications, case reports, opinions, technical notes, book reviews as well as letters to the editor. 

Free Publication in 2019
Current Issue: 2019  Archive: 2018 2017


Haval Shirwan, PhD (Biography)

Dr. Michael and Joan Hamilton Endowed Chair in Autoimmune Disease, ICT
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Member, James Brown Cancer Center
Baxter Bldg. I, Suite 404E, 570 South Preston St., University of Louisville, KY 40202-1760, USA
Office: 502-852-2066; Lab: 502-852-2065

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Research Interests: immunomodulation; transplantation immunology/tolerance; type 1 diabetes prevention/treatment; cancer immunoprevention / immunotherapy

Editorial Board

René Adam, MD, PhD

Professor and Head Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Cancer and Transplantation, Director Research Team INSERM U 935, Chair European Liver Transplant Registry (ELTR), President of the Association de Chirurgie Hépato-Bilio-Pancreatique et Transplantation (ACHBT), Chairman of the Board of Research of IHPBA, Centre Hepato-Biliaire, Hopital Paul-Brousse, 12 Avenue Paul Vaillant Couturier, 94804 Villejuif, France
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.centre-hepato-biliaire.org/annuaire-chb/details/Ren%C3%A9-ADAM
Research Interests: Surgery of the liver; biliary tract and pancreas; hepatic transplantation; liver diseases; hepatocellular carcinoma; hepatobiliary surgery; liver transplantation

Gian Luigi Adani, MD

Department of Surgery and Transplantation Unit, University Hospital of Udine, Udine, Italy
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gian_Adani
Research Interests: liver transplantation; hepatocellular carcinoma; liver surgery; transplant surgery; organ transplantation

Kamyar Afshar, DO

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://pulmonary.ucsd.edu/faculty/profiles/afshar-kamyar.shtml
Research Interests: evaluation and management of lung transplantation; alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency/copd and advanced stages management; sarcoidosis; lymphangioleiomyomatosis and interstitial lung disease management; phenotypic variance in cystic fibrosis
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals: 
Special Issue: Lung Transplant

Giovanni Ambrosino, MD

Professor and Chief of General and Hepatobiliary Surgery, Gruppo Malzoni NEUROMED IRCCS, Avellino, Italy
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.malzoni.com/diagnostica/news.asp?id=51
Research Interests: oncology; surgery; genetic engineering; laparoscopic surgery, etc

Kåre I. Birkeland, MD, PhD

Professor of Internal Medicine, Senior Physician, Department of Transplantation Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.med.uio.no/klinmed/english/people/aca/karebi/index.html
Research Interests: diabetes, clinical and mechanistic studies; insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome; laboratory endocrinology; islet and pancreas transplantation

Phillip C. Camp, Jr, MD

Director of Lung Transplant Program, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://physiciandirectory.brighamandwomens.org/Details/204
Research Interests: lung transplantation; heart transplantation; mechanical support system; pneumothorax; pulmonary sarcoidosis; transplant immunology

Waldo Concepcion, FACS, MD

Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Division of Abdominal Transplantation, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: https://med.stanford.edu/profiles/waldo-concepcion?tab=bio
Research Interests: pediatric kidney transplantation; pediatric liver transplantation; adult liver transplantation; hepatobiliary surgery; general surgery

Wasim A. Dar, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Immunology and Organ Transplantation, Department of Surgery, University of Texas at Houston, Health Sciences Center, 6431 Fannin, MSB 6.240, Houston, TX 77030, USA
Tel.: (713) 500-7401 (O); (713) 500-0875 (F)
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.uth.tmc.edu/schools/med/surgery/organ_transplant/faculty/bio-Dar-Wasim.html
Research Interests: liver transplantation; kidney transplantation; pancreas transplantation; laparoscopic donor nephrectomy; dialysis access surgery; hepatobiliary surgery; general surgery
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals: 
Special Issue: Current State of Evaluation and Management of Infectious Conditions in Liver Transplant Candidates and Recipients

Chirag S. Desai, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Surgical Director, Liver Transplant Program, Director, Chronic Pancreatitis and Autologous Islet Cell Transplant Program, Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 4024 Burnett Womack Building, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
E-Mail: [email protected] 
Website: http://www.med.unc.edu/surgery/transplant/faculty/chirag-desai-md 
Research Interests: Liver transplantation; intestinal and multivisceral transplantation; liver and pancreatobiliary disorders; chronic pancreatitis; autologous islet cell transplantation
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: Liver Tumors and Liver Transplantation

Dimitrios Giakoustidis, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Surgery and Transplantation, Division of Transplant Surgery, Department of Surgery, Aristotle University, Hippokration General Hospital Thessaloniki, Greece
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.placidway.com/doctor-detail/1223/Dr.-Dimitrios-Giakoustidis
Research Interests: surgical oncology; liver surgery; liver transplantation; pancreatic cancer; hcc and hcc signaling, etc
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals: 
Special Issue: Living Donor Liver Transplantation: Worldwide Evolution and Unmet Need

Jeffrey B. Halldorson, MD

Associate Professor of Transplant Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of California, San Diego, 9300 Campus Point Drive #7745, CA La Jolla 92037, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://profiles.ucsd.edu/jeffrey.halldorson
Research Interests: kidney transplantation; liver transplantation; pancreas transplantation; hepatobiliary surgery

Taizo Hibi, MD, PhD

Professor and Chairman, Department of Transplantation/Pediatric Surgery, Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, 1-1-1, Honjo, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, Japan
Tel.: +81-96-373-5616
Fax: +81-96-373-5783
E-Mail: [email protected]
Research Interests: Surgical oncology; hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery; living donor liver transplantation; abdominal organ transplantation

Haley Hoy, ACNP, PhD

Associate Professor, College of Nursing, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, 301 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35899, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.uah.edu/nursing/faculty-and-staff/directory/2051-haley-hoy
Research Interests: organ donation and transplantation; quality of life; web-based mobile technology; transplantation education

Andrés Jaramillo, PhD

Associate Director, Histocompatibility Laboratory
Senior Associate Consultant, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ, 85054, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.mayoclinic.org/biographies/jaramillo-andres-ph-d/bio-20155642
Research Interests: histocompatibility; immunogenetics; transplant immunology; cancer immunology

Wayel Jassem, MD, PhD

Institute of Liver Studies, King's College Hospital, SW4 9SQ, London, UK
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Wayel_Jassem
Research Interests: ischaema / reperfusion injury in liver transplantation
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: Optimisation of Extended Criteria Donor Livers Using Machine Perfusion Technology

Mureo Kasahara, MD, PhD

Professor, Director, Organ Transplantation Center, National Center for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3416-0181
Fax: +81-3-3416-2222

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Research Interests: Liver diseases; liver; kidney transplantation; transplantation; liver transplantation; liver surgery; pediatric organ transplantation; liver diseases and immunology; transplant immunology; transplant medicine; transplant surgery

Hwai-Ding (David) Lam, MD

Leiden University Medical Center, Afdeling Heelkunde, Albinusdreef 2, 2333ZA, Leiden, Nederland
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: https://www.lumc.nl/org/heelkunde/medewerkers/1167650
Research Interests: liver, pancreas, kidney abdominal organ procurement

Malek G. Massad, FACS, MD, FCCP

Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, 840 S. Wood St, CSB 417 (MC 958), Chicago, Illinois 60612, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: https://hospital.uillinois.edu/find-a-doctor/malek-massad
Research Interests: heart and lung preservation and ischemia reperfusion injury, coronary and structural valvular heart diseases and their surgical management and in lung cancer and its early detection

Majid Moshirfar, MD

Director of Research HDR, 11820 S. State Street, Suite 200, Draper, UT 84020, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: https://www.hoopesvision.com/13319-2/
Research Interests: LASIK; PRK; DSAEK; DMEK; cornea; cornea transplantation; DALK; lamellar keratoplasty; endothelial transplantation, etc

Sherif Beniameen Mossad, FACP, FAST, FIDSA, MD

Staff physician, Department of Infectious Disease, Respiratory Institute, and Transplantation Center, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA
Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, USA
Tel.: 216-445-2572
Fax: 216-445-9446
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/staff/2087-sherif-mossad
Research Interests: Transplant infectious disease; influenza; common cold

Muhammad Mujtaba, FASN, FAST, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Nephrology, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.utmb.edu/InternalMedicine/divisions/nephrology/faculty/mujtaba.asp
Research Interests: pancreas transplantation; kidney transplantation; transplant surgery; organ donation; transplant immunology
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals: 
Special Issue: The Role of Antibody Mediated Rejection in Organ Transplantation

Nandini Nair, FACC, FACP, FSVM, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Cardiology - Adv HF/MCS/Transplant Cardiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA
E-Mail: [email protected][email protected]
Website: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/som/internalmedicine/faculty/facultyDetails.aspx?eRaiderUserName=nnair
Research Interests: antibody mediated rejection; cardiac allograft vasculopathy; role of VADS in diastolic dysfunction; molecular mechanisms underlying heart failure and developing diagnostics and therapeutics
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals: 
Special Issue : Allograft Vasculopathy
Special Issue : Optimisation of Extended Criteria Donor Livers Using Machine Perfusion Technology

Steven Potter, FACS, MD

Transplant Program Director, Chair of Division of Transplantation, East Texas Medical Center, 1100 E. Lake St., Ste. 340, Tyler, TX 75701, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Research Interests: renal transplantation; pancreas transplantation; living kidney donation; transplant immunosuppression; urology; urologic oncology
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: Peril and Promise: The Present and Future of Kidney Transplantation

Simon C. Robson, ChB, FRCP, MB, PhD

Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.bidmc.org/Research/Departments/Medicine/Divisions/Gastroenterology/Laboratories/Robson-Lab/Research-Team/Dr,-d-,-Simon-Robson.aspx
Research Interests: gastroenterology; inflammatory bowel disease; liver diseases and immunology; cirrhosis; liver cirrhosis

Milagros D. Samaniego-Picota, FACP, FASN, MD

Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine – Nephrology, University of Michigan, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, 3914 Taubman Center, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5364, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.uofmhealth.org/profile/1620/milagros-dalgir-samaniego-picota-md
Research Interests: antibody-mediated rejection; management of highly sensitized and high risk kidney transplant recipients; densensitization protocols and ABO incompatible transplantation
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals: 
Special Issue: The Role of Antibody Mediated Rejection in Organ Transplantation

Yasuhiko Sugawara , MD, PhD

Professor and Director, Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, and Artificial Organ and Transplantation Division, Department of Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Japan
E-Mail: [email protected][email protected]
Research Interests: Hepatobiliary surgery; liver transplantation

Ignatius Tang, FASN, FAST, MD, PharmD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, 820 South Wood Street, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=506244&pageId=26211001
Research Interests: antibody-mediated syndromes (antibody-mediated rejection, accommodation, transplant glomerulopathy); BK viral kinetics and immunosuppression; outcomes of obese kidney transplant recepients
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: Antibody Mediated Rejection in Organ Transplantation

Raman Venkataramanan, PhD

1. Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pathology, Director of Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
2. Director of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.stiresearch.health.pitt.edu/node/255
Research Interests: clinical research, human immunology, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic drug monitoring, clinical pharmacology, xenotransplantation

Alessandro Vitale, FEBS, MD, PhD

Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplant Unit, Padua University Hospital, Padova Area, Italy
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: www.fegatochirurgia.com
Research Interests: hepato-biliary tumours; organ allocation science; survival analysis (after resection, transplantation, non surgical therapies); Markov models and cost effectiveness analyses; evaluation of new prognostic scores, etc

Jared A. White, MD

Assistant Professor, UAB Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery, LHRB 722, 1720 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://providerdirectory.uabmedicine.org/Default/Details/240
Research Interests: transplantation; minimally invasive liver surgery; cirrhosis; hepatocellular carcinoma; innovation in general surgery resident education

Esma S. Yolcu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Institute for Cellular Therapeutics, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Baxter Bldg. I, Suite 404F, 570 South Preston St., Louisville, KY, 40202-1760, USA
Phone: 502-852-2078
Fax: 502-852-2085

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Research Interests: Immunotherapy; ProtEx™ technology; gene therapy; immunomodulation; tolerance; host-versus-graft (HVG); graft-versus-host (GVH)