Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS


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

(608) 265-6471

Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison WI 53792


  • 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


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

  • Post-pancreatic transplant enteric leaks: The role of the salvage operation.
    Fleetwood VA, Falls C, Ohman J, Aziz A, Stalter L, Leverson G, Welch B, Kaufman DB, Al-Adra DP, Odorico JS
    Am J Transplant 2022 Aug; 22(8): 2052-2063
    [PubMed ID: 35593379]

  • The Presence of Donor-specific Antibodies Around the Time of Pancreas Graft Biopsy With Rejection Is Associated With an Increased Risk of Graft Failure.
    Parajuli S, Djamali A, Mandelbrot D, Aziz F, Radke N, Kaufman D, Odorico J
    Transplantation 2022 06 01; 106(6): e289-e296
    [PubMed ID: 35427295]

  • Robust engraftment of fetal nonhuman primate CD34-positive cells in immune-deficient mice.
    Little CJ, Haynes WJ, Huang L, Daffada CM, Wolfe KB, Perrin E, Simpson JA, Kropp Schmidt JA, Hinkle HM, Keding LT, Behrens RT, Evans DT, Kaufman DB, Thomson JA, Golos TG, Brown ME
    J Leukoc Biol 2022 Mar 30;
    [PubMed ID: 35352381]

  • The Role of Procurement Biopsies in Kidney Acceptance Decision Making and Kidney Discard: Perceptions of Physicians, Nurse Coordinators, and OPO Staff and Directors.
    Schantz K, Gordon EJ, Lee U, Rocha M, Friedewald J, Ladner DP, Becker Y, Formica R, Reese PP, Kaufman D, Barah M, Walker M, Mehrotra O, Viveros D, Mehrotra S
    Transplant Direct 2022 Apr; 8(4): e1299
    [PubMed ID: 35310603]

  • Patient and Clinician Perceptions of Informed Consent and Decision Making About Accepting KDPI > 85 Kidneys.
    Schantz K, Gordon EJ, Lee U, Rocha M, Friedewald J, Ladner DP, Becker Y, Formica R, Reese PP, Kaufman D, Barah M, Walker M, Mehrotra O, Viveros D, Mehrotra S
    Transplant Direct 2022 Jan; 8(1): e1254
    [PubMed ID: 34934806]

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