Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS


  • Ray D. Owen Professor, Division of Transplantation
  • Director, UW Health Transplant Center

(608) 265-6471

Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison WI 53792


  • MD, University of Minnesota
  • NIH National Research Service Award
  • Surgery Internship and Residency, University of Minnesota
  • Transplantation Fellowship, University of Minnesota
  • PhD, University of Minnesota


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, was the Executive Program Committee Chair for the American Transplant Congress, served on the Council of the ASTS, and was ASTS President. 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, served as Councilor of UNOS Region 7, and was a member of the Executive Board. Dr. Kaufman has also been 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

  • Early allogeneic immune modulation after establishment of donor hematopoietic cell-induced mixed chimerism in a nonhuman primate kidney transplant model.
    Little CJ, Kim SC, Fechner JH, Post J, Coonen J, Chlebeck P, Winslow M, Kobuzi D, Strober S, Kaufman DB
    Front Immunol 2024; 15: 1343616
    [PubMed ID: 38318170]

  • Twelve Thousand Kidney Transplants Over More Than 55 Y: A Single-center Experience.
    Parajuli S, Garonzik-Wang J, Astor BC, Aziz F, Garg N, Welch B, Odorico J, Mezrich J, Kaufman D, Foley DP, Mandelbrot D
    Transplant Direct 2024 Feb; 10(2): e1575
    [PubMed ID: 38264296]

  • Risk factors and outcomes of persistent post-transplant hypotension among simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant recipients.
    Aziz F, Mandelbrot D, Jorgenson M, Muth B, Baltaji A, Pantha M, Kaufman D, Odorico J, Parajuli S
    Clin Transplant 2024 Jan; 38(1): e15197
    [PubMed ID: 37975526]

  • Design and testing of a humanized porcine donor for xenotransplantation.
    Anand RP, Layer JV, Heja D, Hirose T, Lassiter G, Firl DJ, Paragas VB, Akkad A, Chhangawala S, Colvin RB, Ernst RJ, Esch N, Getchell K, Griffin AK, Guo X, Hall KC, Hamilton P, Kalekar LA, Kan Y, Karadagi A, Li F, Low SC, Matheson R, Nehring C, Otsuka R, Pandelakis M, Policastro RA, Pols R, Queiroz L, Rosales IA, Serkin WT, Stiede K, Tomosugi T, Xue Y, Zentner GE, Angeles-Albores D, Chris Chao J, Crabtree JN, Harken S, Hinkle N, Lemos T, Li M, Pantano L, Stevens D, Subedar OD, Tan X, Yin S, Anwar IJ, Aufhauser D, Capuano S, Kaufman DB, Knechtle SJ, Kwun J, Shanmuganayagam D, Markmann JF, Church GM, Curtis M, Kawai T, Youd ME, Qin W
    Nature 2023 Oct; 622(7982): 393-401
    [PubMed ID: 37821590]

  • Physician Preferences when Selecting Candidates for Lower-Quality Kidney Offers.
    Gonzalez Sepulveda JM, Mehrotra S, Yang JC, Schantz KJ, Becker Y, Formica R, Ladner DP, Kaufman D, Friedewald J
    Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2023 Dec 01; 18(12): 1599-1609
    [PubMed ID: 37729938]

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