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Transplant Surgery Research


Tufts Medical Center is home to a number of skilled surgeons who have expertise in transplantation surgery. In particular, we have become one of the leading medical institutions in the country for kidney and heart transplantations. Currently. Our Division of Transplant Surgery researchers are focused on investigating viral infections and organ procurement in transplantation.

Current research

Current research projects include:

  1. Viral infections in transplantation
  2. Organ allocation in transplantation

Nirenberg, N, Poutsiaka, D, Chow, J, Rohrer, RJ, Cooper, J, Freeman, R, and Snydman, DR. Baseline absolute lymphocyte count is a risk factor for CMV disease after orthotopic liver transplantation. (resubmitted)

Neidich, A, Neidich, E, Lee, A, Rohrer, R, Milner, L, Cooper, J. A novel use of intravenous immunoglobulin G in complement factor H missense mutation. Prog Transplant.2013 Sep;23(3):213-6.

Rohrer, RJ. Sham Surgery. Virtual Mentor. 2012;14:227 – 231.

Neidich E, Neidich A, Cooper J, Bramstedt KA. The ethical complexities of online organ solicitation via donor–patient websites: avoiding the “Beauty Contest”.  Am  J Transplant. 2012;12(1):43-47.

Winston DM, Rohrer RJ, Snydman, DS, and Kaplan, MM. Antibiotic prophylaxis for recurrent bacterial cholangitis after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT).  Hepatology. (in press).


Rohrer, JR. “Population Health and Kidney Transplantation”, Surgical Grand Rounds, Tufts Medical Center, April 2014.

Rohrer, JR. “Careers in High- and Low-Tech Surgery”. Surgery Interest Group Seminar, TUSM, March 2014.

Rohrer, JR. “Cholangiocarcinoma”. Discussant at Multidisciplinary GI Cancer Conference, MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham, MA, February, 2013.

Alraddadi B, Chow J, Poutsiaka D, Price L, Rohrer RCooper J, Snydman D. Incidence, Risk Factors and Consequences of Severe Neutropenia Following Orthotopic Liver Transplantation. Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, October 2012.

Rohrer, JR. “Update on Transplant Surgery”. Medical Grand Rounds, Winchester Hospital, Winchester, MA, December, 2012.

Rohrer, JR. “Careers in High- and Low-Tech Surgery”. Surgery Interest Group Seminar, TUSM, November 2012.

Rohrer, JR. “Organ Donation after Brain Death and after Cardiac Death”. Neuroscience Conference, Tufts Medical Center, October 2012.

Rohrer, JR. “Kidney Transplantation”. The Fayerweather Street School, Cambridge, MA, October 2012.

Rohrer, JR. “Forty Years of Transplantation in the Tufts System”. Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston MA, May 2012.

Rohrer, JR. “Loss Aversion, NNT, and Your Future in Anesthesia”. Department of Anesthesia Grand Rounds, Tufts Medical Center, Boston MA, March 2012.

Rohrer, JR. “Anatomy and Current Surgical Technique in the Management of Liver Disease”. Research Conference, Division of Gastroenterology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston MA, February 2012.

Rohrer, JR. “Loss Aversion, NNT, and Your Future in Surgery”. Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, November 2011. MA,  October 2011.

Rohrer, JR. “Sham Surgery”. Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover NH, February 2011.


Krishna A. Agarwal, MD

Title(s): Transplant Nephrologist
Department(s): Transplant Surgery, Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617.636.5592
Fax #: 617.636.8228

Nephrology, Kidney Transplant, Hypertension, Post-Transplant Diabetes Mellitus, Multi-organ Transplantation, BK virus

Ashtar Chami, MD

Title(s): Medical Director, Kidney Transplant; Nephrologist
Department(s): Surgery, Kidney Transplant
Appt. Phone: 617.636.5592
Fax #:

Nephrology, kidney transplantation, belatacept in kidney transplantation

Manish C. Varma, MD

Title(s): Surgeon
Department(s): Transplant Surgery, Abdominal Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617.636.5592
Fax #: 617.636.8228

Kidney Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, Pancreas Transplantation, Liver and Biliary Tract Surgery

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