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The Chimera

The Chimera is our blog featuring member spotlights, op-eds from leaders in the field, and more!


Surgeon Spotlight: Anthony Watkins, MD

Dr. Watkins is a transplant surgeon and surgical director of kidney transplant at the Transplant Institute at Tampa General Hospital

Jul 13, 2023

Surgeon Spotlight: Nicholas Onaca, MD

Dr. Onaca was born and raised in Romania. He attended medical school at Carol Davilla University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania before completing his general surgery residency at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Israel, where he also spent 18 months in the militar

Apr 21, 2023

Where are we with tolerance induction in transplantation today? Is it time to ditch the pills yet?

Over two decades have elapsed since the beginnings of pilot clinical trials of combined hematopoietic cell and organ transplantation to induce tolerance in clinical living-donor kidney transplantation, at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1998 and at Stanford in 2000. Northwestern joined the effort in 2009. What is the status of tolerance induction trials today?

Apr 5, 2023

Tracheal Transplantation

Recently, Eric Genden, MD, MHCA, FACS and his team reported the first vascularized tracheal transplantation for a patient with a life-threatening 9.0 cm combined cricoid-tracheal airway stenosis. Read more about this surgical innovation!

Apr 5, 2023

Surgeon Spotlight: Amit K. Mathur, MD, MS, FACS

Learn more about Amit Mathur, MD, MS, FACS.

Apr 5, 2023

Robotic Donor Hepatectomy for Living Donor Liver Transplant: Is This the Future?

The altruistic nature of live organ donation demands that we continue to seek better, safer, and less traumatic modalities for our donors. This has been achieved nationwide with living donor kidney transplant, through the adoption of laparoscopic and robotic donor nephrectomies at almost every level.

Feb 22, 2023

Surgeon Spotlight: Carlos Esquivel, MD, PhD

Surgical powerhouse, Dr. Carlos Esquivel, MD, PhD, discusses his professional influences, his greatest achievements, and shares the best advice he received in his career.

Jan 26, 2023