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Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS

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600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792

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Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS

Ray D. Owen Professor of Surgery
Chairman, Division of Transplantation
Section of Kidney and Pancreas Surgery


  • MD, University of Minnesota, 1983
  • NIH National Research Service Award, 1986 – 1989
  • Surgery Internship and Residency, University of Minnesota, 1983 – 1991
  • Transplantation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 1991 – 1992
  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 1994

Board Certifications

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 1995
  • UNOS-Certified Primary Transplant Surgeon, Pancreas, 1993
  • Diplomate, American Board of Surgery, 1992

Professional Activities

Faculty Appointments:

  • Ray D. Owen Professor and Chief, Division of Transplantation, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin – Madision, 2011 – present
  • Director, Transplantation Service Line, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 2011 – present

Dr. Kaufman is involved with the following professional societies:

  • American Surgical Association
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Cell Transplant Society, Founding Member
  • Central Surgical Association
  • International Pancreas and Islet Association, Founding Member
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • The Surgical Biology Club I
  • Transplantation Society

Leadership Roles in Transplantation

Dr. Kaufman has held leadership positions in many facets of the transplant field. He has been very active with the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and has served as Chair of the Education Committee, the Executive Program Committee Chair for the American Transplant Congress, and on the Council of the ASTS. Dr. Kaufman is also very active with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). He was past Chair of the Pancreas/Islet Transplant Committee, served on the MPSC Committee and currently is Councilor of UNOS Region 7 and a member of the Executive Board. Dr. Kaufman is an associate editor for the American Journal of Transplantation, Transplantation Journal, and Clinical Transplantation Journal.

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Kaufman is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery. Dr Kaufman’s clinical focus has been on kidney, pancreas, and islet transplantation. He was the first pancreas transplant surgeon in North America to conduct and publish studies regarding steroid-free immunosuppression in pancreas transplantation, and the first to describe the use of alemtuzumab in pancreas transplants.

Research Interests

Dr. Kaufman’s experimental clinical research has focused on immunosuppression minimization in kidney transplant recipients, and human clinical trials of islet transplantation. His basic research efforts have focused on development of a tolerance induction protocol in large animals. It is supported by an NIH UO-1 award as part of the Non-human Primate Tolerance Study Group Consortium.

Active Clinical Trials
  • Islet Transplantation in Type 1 Diabetic Kidney Allograft Recipients: Efficacy of Islet After Kidney Transplantation (CIT-06)
    Principal Investigator(s): Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS
    Status: Active, not recruiting
    [ NCT00468117]
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  • Randomized, Open Label, Multicenter Study of Belatacept-based Early Steroid Withdrawal Regimen With Alemtuzumab or rATG Induction Compared to Tacrolimus-based Early Steroid Withdrawal Regimen With rATG Induction in Renal Transplantation
    Principal Investigator(s): Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS
    Status: Active, not recruiting
    [ NCT01729494]
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Recent Publications
  • Pancreas-after-Islet (PAI) transplantation in non-uremic Type 1 diabetes: A strategy for restoring durable insulin independence.
    Wisel SA, Gardner JM, Roll GR, Harbell J, Freise CE, Feng S, Kang SM, Hirose R, Kaufman DB, Posselt A, Stock PG
    Am. J. Transplant. 2017 May 10.
    [PubMed ID: 28489277]
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  • Th17 Responses to Collagen Type V, kα1-Tubulin, and Vimentin Are Present Early in Human Development and Persist Throughout Life.
    Sullivan JA, Jankowska-Gan E, Hegde S, Pestrak MA, Agashe VV, Park AC, Brown ME, Kernien JF, Wilkes DS, Kaufman DB, Greenspan DS, Burlingham WJ
    Am. J. Transplant. 2017 Apr; 17(4):944-956.
    [PubMed ID: 27801552]
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  • Collection of hematopoietic CD34 stem cells in Rhesus Macaques using Spectra Optia.
    Haynes LD, Coonen J, Post J, Brunner K, Bloom D, Hematti P, Kaufman DB
    J Clin Apher 2016 Aug 31.
    [PubMed ID: 27578423, PMC ID: 5332349]
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  • Does DCD Donor Time-to-Death Affect Recipient Outcomes? Implications of Time-to-Death at a High-Volume Center in the United States.
    Scalea JR, Redfield RR, Arpali E, Leverson GE, Bennett RJ, Anderson ME, Kaufman DB, Fernandez LA, D'Alessandro AM, Foley DP, Mezrich JD
    Am. J. Transplant. 2017 Jan; 17(1):191-200.
    [PubMed ID: 27375072]
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  • National Institutes of Health-Sponsored Clinical Islet Transplantation Consortium Phase 3 Trial: Manufacture of a Complex Cellular Product at Eight Processing Facilities.
    Ricordi C, Goldstein JS, Balamurugan AN, Szot GL, Kin T, Liu C, Czarniecki CW, Barbaro B, Bridges ND, Cano J, Clarke WR, Eggerman TL, Hunsicker LG, Kaufman DB, Khan A, Lafontant DE, Linetsky E, Luo X, Markmann JF, Naji A, Korsgren O, Oberholzer J, Turgeon NA, Brandhorst D, Friberg AS, Lei J, Wang LJ, Wilhelm JJ, Willits J, Zhang X, Hering BJ, Posselt AM, Stock PG, Shapiro AM
    Diabetes 2016 Nov; 65(11):3418-3428.
    [PubMed ID: 27465220, PMC ID: 5079635]
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  • The mode of sensitization and its influence on allograft outcomes in highly sensitized kidney transplant recipients.
    Redfield RR, Scalea JR, Zens TJ, Mandelbrot DA, Leverson G, Kaufman DB, Djamali A
    Nephrol. Dial. Transplant. 2016 Oct; 31(10):1746-53.
    [PubMed ID: 27387475]
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  • The Association Between Renin-Angiotensin System Blockade and Long-term Outcomes in Renal Transplant Recipients: The Wisconsin Allograft Recipient Database (WisARD).
    Shin JI, Palta M, Djamali A, Kaufman DB, Astor BC
    Transplantation 2016 Jul; 100(7):1541-9.
    [PubMed ID: 26566058]
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  • Pancreas transplantation in older patients is safe, but patient selection is paramount.
    Scalea JR, Redfield RR, Arpali E, Leverson G, Sollinger HW, Kaufman DB, Odorico JS
    Transpl. Int. 2016 Jul; 29(7):810-8.
    [PubMed ID: 26859581]
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  • Single-Dose Basiliximab Induction in Low-Risk Renal Transplant Recipients.
    Cunningham KC, Hager DR, Fischer J, D'Alessandro AM, Leverson GE, Kaufman DB, Djamali A
    Pharmacotherapy 2016 Jul; 36(7):823-9.
    [PubMed ID: 27265620]
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  • Foreword.
    Kaufman DB
    Chimerism 2015 Apr 03; 6(1-2):1.
    [PubMed ID: 27104856, PMC ID: 5064458]
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