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University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints Dr. Jonathan Bromberg as New Head of the Division of Transplantation in the Department of Surgery

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

 Dr. Bromberg will lead the division in significantly expanding its research program.

Jonathan S. Bromberg, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed head of the Division of Transplantation within the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Bromberg is a professor of surgery and of microbiology and immunology.

“Dr. Bromberg is a world class physician-scientist with an impressive education and an equally impressive track record of cutting edge transplantation research,” says E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dean Reece also is vice president for medical affairs of the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor of the School of Medicine. “I have confidence he will lead the Division of Transplantation into a bright future of top-tier research, education and patient care, further strengthening our robust Multi-Organ Transplant Program.”

The Division of Transplantation, which focuses on kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation, includes 10 faculty members, both clinicians — who provide patient care at the University of Maryland Medical Center — and basic scientists. Dr. Bromberg will lead the division in significantly expanding its research program, in part by solidifying collaborations with the Department of Medicine and the Department of  Microbiology & Immunology, as well as with the University of Maryland Institute for Genome Sciences, according to Stephen T. Bartlett, M.D., the Peter Angelos Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery. Genomics is a key area of interest in transplant science.

“It is clear that a strong, multidisciplinary approach is the future of transplantation research, and we want to capitalize on the fantastic resources we have here among the many departments of the School of Medicine,” says Dr. Bartlett, who also is Surgeon-In-Chief for the University of Maryland Medical System and immediate past president of the Medical Staff of the University of Maryland Medical Center. “Dr. Bromberg is a versatile clinician and an outstanding investigator with very high quality research. He is the ideal person to strengthen and expand our cutting edge transplantation research, education and clinical efforts.”

Benjamin Philosophe, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of surgery, led the division since 2004. He has moved on to become the head of the Section of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery.

“We are fortunate to have an already strong Division of Transplantation, thanks to the outstanding leadership of Ben Philosophe,” says Dr. Bartlett. “I want to express my gratitude for his exceptional work as division head and I know he will continue to excel in his expanded role in the Division.”

“The University of Maryland has a long tradition of excellence in transplantation and the Medical Center has developed a comprehensive care model to support the special needs of patients facing organ transplantation,” said Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center.  “We look forward to further advancements in research and clinical care under Dr. Bromberg’s leadership.”

Dr. Bromberg already is working on research that fosters collaboration between clinicians and basic scientists from various disciplines within the School of Medicine. One area of interest is the microbiota — the microorganisms that live on and inside of the human body. Dr. Bromberg is working with the Institute for Genome Sciences to examine the microbiota of transplant patients and how those change with different immune responses. He is also collaborating with scientists in the School of Medicine and other research institutions to study gene expression in kidney transplant biopsies.

“The University of Maryland School of Medicine is unique in that it is such a large institution with established programs in a wide array of disciplines,” says Dr. Bromberg. “These are the kinds of great resources that create a fantastic atmosphere for growing and moving, changing and accomplishing. I plan to take advantage of that atmosphere in strengthening the division’s clinical, research and educational components.”

Dr. Bromberg received his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1983, and a Ph.D. in immunology the same year from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He conducted postgraduate research at University College in London before becoming chief resident at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle. Dr. Bromberg completed a fellowship in the Division of Transplantation of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on cellular and molecular immunology in transplantation. Specifically, he studies the details of how T-cells migrate from the lymph node to the transplanted organ. Dr. Bromberg examines how the intricacies of that travel affect the final immune response, determining whether the organ is tolerated or rejected. Dr. Bromberg has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles, and has more than $6.35 million in extramural research funding.

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