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Nationally Known Transplant Surgeon and Researcher Joins the School of Medicine Faculty

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

 Dr. Bromberg not only performs transplants but also studies how to train the body to better accept these new organs.

Jonathan S. Bromberg, MD, PhD, is renowned expert in transplant immunology

Jonathan S. Bromberg, MD, PhD, a national leader in uncovering the secrets of the immune system in order to prevent rejection following organ transplants, has joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine as professor of surgery and microbiology and immunology. Dr. Bromberg is a kidney and pancreas transplant surgeon who will care for patients at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He will be the director of research in the Division of Transplantation and director of Strategic Services for Transplantation.

Dr. Bromberg comes to Baltimore from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he served for ten years as a professor of surgery and gene and cell medicine in addition to chief of kidney and pancreas transplantation and the transplantation institute at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center.
His appointment was announced by E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Dr. Bromberg is known for his innovative research involving ways to train the body’s immune system to accept a transplanted organ. His work has been continuously supported by the NIH. Since 1999, he has received more than $11 million in funding.  He will bring his lab, as well as his grants, to the University of Maryland.
“We are enormously pleased that Dr. Bromberg will continue his important work here,” says Stephen T. Bartlett, MD, professor of Surgery and Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Surgeon in Chief at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical System.

Dr. Bartlett adds, “Organ rejection is one of the greatest risks following a transplant and developing effective strategies to enable the body to tolerate a new organ while keeping the rest of the complex immune system functioning normally is a huge and very important challenge.”

“Dr. Bromberg’s laboratory was among the very first to demonstrate how the anatomy and structure of the immune system relate to immunity and tolerance. His studies at the cellular and molecular levels have produced groundbreaking results. We have no doubt that his work here will continue to advance the field of immunology research,” says Dr. Reece.

A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Bromberg went on to earn both an MD and PhD from Harvard. He completed a surgical residency at the University of Washington. His training continued with a transplantation fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Mt. Sinai, he was a professor and surgical director of Liver Transplantation at the University of Michigan and a professor of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina.

“Dr. Bromberg’s cutting edge research and his skills in caring for patients who have kidney and pancreas transplants make him a very welcome addition to our very successful transplant
program, which is one of the largest and most highly regarded in the nation,” says Rivest.

Dr. Bromberg is on the editorial board of several prestigious journals, including Surgery and the American Journal of Transplantation. He began working at the University of Maryland on October 1.

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