Stuart Knechtle, M.D. recently joined Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as Chief of Pediatric Liver Transplant Surgery, Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program and the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Chair for Liver Transplant Surgery.
Dr. Knechtle will also remain Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine as well as Clinical Director at the Emory Transplant Center and Director of Liver Transplantation at the Emory Clinic.
“Dr. Knechtle’s leading-edge surgical, research and teaching skills have earned him acclaim and respect throughout the medical community,” said Amy Hauser, Service Line Administrator for Transplant Services at Children’s. “His combination of talents will allow Children’s and Emory to stay at the forefront of transplant research, specifically in transplant immunology. We are thrilled to officially welcome him to the Children’s Transplant family.”
A leader in the field of liver and kidney transplantation, Dr. Knechtle has designed and led a variety of clinical trials in organ transplantation. He operated a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research lab for 17 years and continues research focused on the immunologic mechanisms of transplant rejection and immunologic tolerance. Prior to joining Emory and Children’s, Dr. Knechtle led a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that performed the state’s first liver transplant from a living donor, as well as the state’s first combined liver and pancreas transplant.
A member of several professional and scientific organizations, including the American Surgical Association and the American Society of Transplantation, Dr. Knechtle has presented at more than 60 international conferences and meetings. An accomplished author, Dr. Knechtle has also contributed to more than 300 research articles, publications and abstracts in the areas of transplantation and transplant immunology.
Dr. Knechtle earned his medical degree from Cornell University and completed both his residency and transplant immunology research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. After finishing his transplantation fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital Department of Surgery, Dr. Knechtle remained on staff for nearly two decades and most recently served as a Professor of Surgery and Director of Liver Transplantation.