Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has named Stuart Knechtle, MD, as Chief of Transplant Services. He adds this to his roles as Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program and the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Chair for Liver Transplant Surgery at Children’s. As Chief of Transplant Services, he will collaborate with other physician leaders to develop and implement strategic initiatives for the program. He will continue to enhance research and build Children’s programming, outreach and education efforts.
Knechtle also serves as Clinical Director at the Emory Transplant Center, Director of Liver Transplantation at the Emory Clinic, Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.
He has designed and led a variety of clinical trials and is considered a leader in the field of liver and kidney transplantation. As a researcher, Knechtle has operated a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research lab for 20 years and continues research focused on the immunologic mechanisms of transplant rejection and immunologic tolerance. Prior to joining Children’s and Emory, he led a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that performed the state’s first living donor liver transplant and Wisconsin’s first combined liver and pancreas transplant.
Knechtle is a member of several professional and scientific organizations, including the American Surgical Association and the American Society of Transplantation. He has contributed to more than 300 research articles, publications, and abstracts in the areas of transplantation and transplant immunology.