Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS

Professor

  • Ray D. Owen Professor, Division of Transplantation
  • Director, Transplant Service Line 
  • Section of Kidney and Pancreas Surgery

kaufman@surgery.wisc.edu
(608) 265-6471

Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison WI 53792

Education

  • 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

Honors

Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors Surgery

Best Doctors in America Award Surgery, Transplantation

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014 Award Surgery, Transplantation

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.

Recent Publications

  • The Importance of Bringing Transplantation Tolerance to the Clinic.
    Cosimi AB, Ascher NL, Emond JC, Kaufman DB, Madsen JC, Miller J, Monaco AP, Montgomery RA, Newell KA, Sánchez-Fueyo A, Sarwal MM, Scandling JD, Strober S, Todo S, Weir MR, Sachs DH
    Transplantation 2021 May 01; 105(5): 935-940
    [PubMed ID: 33901128]

  • Complex Ureteral Reconstruction in Kidney Transplantation.
    Al-Qaoud TM, Al-Adra DP, Mezrich JD, Fernandez LA, Kaufman DB, Odorico JS, Sollinger HW
    Exp Clin Transplant 2021 Mar 31;
    [PubMed ID: 33797353]

  • The demise of islet allotransplantation in the United States: A call for an urgent regulatory update.
    Witkowski P, Philipson LH, Kaufman DB, Ratner LE, Abouljoud MS, Bellin MD, Buse JB, Kandeel F, Stock PG, Mulligan DC, Markmann JF, Kozlowski T, Andreoni KA, Alejandro R, Baidal DA, Hardy MA, Wickrema A, Mirmira RG, Fung J, Becker YT, Josephson MA, Bachul PJ, Pyda JS, Charlton M, Millis JM, Gaglia JL, Stratta RJ, Fridell JA, Niederhaus SV, Forbes RC, Jayant K, Robertson RP, Odorico JS, Levy MF, Harland RC, Abrams PL, Olaitan OK, Kandaswamy R, Wellen JR, Japour AJ, Desai CS, Naziruddin B, Balamurugan AN, Barth RN, Ricordi C, “Islets for US” Collaborative
    Am J Transplant 2021 04; 21(4): 1365-1375
    [PubMed ID: 33251712]

  • Pancreas transplants from small donors: are the outcomes acceptable? A retrospective study.
    Al-Qaoud TM, Odorico JS, Al-Adra DP, Kaufman DB, Sollinger HW, Leverson G, Welch B, Redfield RR
    Transpl Int 2020 11; 33(11): 1437-1446
    [PubMed ID: 32749728]

  • Phase 3 trial of human islet-after-kidney transplantation in type 1 diabetes.
    Markmann JF, Rickels MR, Eggerman TL, Bridges ND, Lafontant DE, Qidwai J, Foster E, Clarke WR, Kamoun M, Alejandro R, Bellin MD, Chaloner K, Czarniecki CW, Goldstein JS, Hering BJ, Hunsicker LG, Kaufman DB, Korsgren O, Larsen CP, Luo X, Naji A, Oberholzer J, Posselt AM, Ricordi C, Senior PA, Shapiro AMJ, Stock PG, Turgeon NA
    Am J Transplant 2021 04; 21(4): 1477-1492
    [PubMed ID: 32627352]

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