Fellowship Directors

2018- now

John Fung MD PhD/Piotr Witkowski MD PhD



John Renz MD PhD,

SUNY Downstate Health Science University,

Brooklyn , NY 

2000- 2012 

Michael Millis MD

University of Chicago, IL

Current Transplant Surgery Fellows 

Braden Juengel MD 


Kumar Jayant MD PhD
2020- 2022 

Dr. Juengel joined us following  his general surgery residency training at University of Illinois Medical Center. Now, starting his second year of training. 

Dr. Jayant was trained in India and UK, where obtained his PhD in hepatobiliary surgery. 

He is just starting now. welcome Jay!


Yaser AlSalmay MD 


Dr. ALSalmay will join us after the completion of his general surgery residency in Northwell Health Hospital,  Manhasset, NY in July next year.. 

However, he has already started remotely his participation in our research projects.

Welcome Yaser!  

Previous Fellows 

Angelica Perez

Gutierrez MD 


Ragheed Saoud MD 

Dr. Perez Gutierrez came to us as fully trained general surgeon from Mexico City and also after her 2 years of research fellowship in transplantation at University of Pittsburg. Once accomplished 2 year ASTS fellowship with us, she has stayed with us for 1 year fellowship in pancreatic islet transplantation. 

Now, she is joining our team as a Clinical Associate. 

Dr. Saoud came as a fully trained urologist from Lebanon. 

He accomplished with us 1 year of training in kidney and pancreas transplantation and then pursed his fellowship in urologic oncology and robotic surgery with Dr. Shalhav at our Institution.

All the best Ragheed. 



Conferences and Workshops

  • American Transplant Congress, May 2020 ​, (Dr Perez- Gutierrez)

  • Winter ASTS Symposium, Miami, FL, January 2020. (Dr Perez- Gutierrez)

  • Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy Workshop, August 2019, Houston TX (Dr. Perez-Gutierrez)


  • Annual AST Fellows Symposium, September 2019 (for first year fellows) (Dr.Juengel)


  • Annual AST Fellows Symposium, September 2018 (for first year fellows) (Dr.Saud)

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Fellow's Publications

  • Bachul PJ, Grybowski DJ, Anteby R, Basto L, Perea L, Gołąb K, Wang LJ, Tibudan M, Perez-Gutierrez A, Komorniczak M, Nagpal S, Lucander A, Fung J, Matthews JM, Witkowski P. Total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation in diabetic and prediabetic patients with intractable chronic pancreatitis. J Pancreatology, 2020, in press

  • Ezzelarab MB, Perez-Gutierrez A, Humar A, Wijkstrom M, Zahorchak AF, Lu-Casto L, Wang YC, Wiseman RW, Minervini M, Thomson AW. Preliminary assessment of the feasibility of autologous myeloid-derived suppressor cell infusion in non-human primate kidney transplantation. Transpl Immunol. 2019. Oct; 56: 101225.

  • Perez-Gutierrez A, Metes DM, Lu L, Hariharan S, Thomson AW, Ezzelarab MB. Characterization of eomesodermin and T-bet expression by allostimulated CD8+ T cells of healthy volunteers and kidney transplant patients in relation to graft outcome. Clin Exp Immunol. 2018 Nov;194(2):259-272

  • Lee JC, Olaitan OK, Lopez-Soler R, Renz JF, Millis JM, Gottlieb LJ. Expanding the envelope: the posterior rectus sheath-liver vascular composite allotransplant. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Feb; 131(2): 209e-218e.

  • Ragab A, Lopez-Soler R, Oto A, Testa G. Correlation between 3D-MRCP and intra-operative findings in right liver donors. Hepatobiliary Surg Nutr. 2013 Feb;2(1):7-13. 

  • Byam J, Renz J, Millis JM. Liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma. Hepatobiliary Surg Nutr. 2013 Feb;2(1):22-30. 

  • Mao Y, Yang H, Xu H, Lu X, Sang X, Du S, Zhao H, Chen W, Xu Y, Chi T, Yang Z, Cai J, Li H, Chen J, Zhong S, Mohanti SR, Lopez-Soler R, Millis JM, Huang J, Zhang H. Golgi protein 73 (GOLPH2) is a valuable serum marker for hepatocellular carcinoma. Gut. 2010 Dec; 59(12):1687-93. 

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Fellow's Presentations 

  • Perez Gutierrez A, Baker T, Becker YT, Witkowski P, Fung J.  A,  Simultaneous Heart/Liver/Kidney Transplant : The Challenge Is In The Choreography. Winter ASTS Symposium, Miami, FL 2020.  Read full article

  • Logan Galansky, Joshua Aizen, Ciro Andolfi, Ragheed Saoud, Osmanuddin Ahmed, Arieh Shalhav. The effect of selective angioembolization on renal function for iatrogenic vascular lesions after partial nephrectomy: a matched case-control study. American Urology Association, 2019

  • Perez Gutierrez A, Donor Reactive Eomesderminhi CD8+ T Cells Are Significantly Upregulated Early after Transplant in Kidney Transplant Patients without Rejection. ATC 2019. 

Previous Transplant Fellows


Omar Hussain MD


Jerome Byam MD,

Staff Surgeon,

United Medical Center, Washington DC

2011- 2013 

Qi Li MD

Private Practive

New Heaven, Il

2010- 2012 

Oyedolamu K Olaitan MD

Associate Professor,

Section of Transplantation

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

2009- 2011

Raynold Lopez-Soler MD PhD

Associate Professor

Layola Medical Center, Chicago, IL


Bejon T Maneckshama MD

Assistant Professor,

Section of Transplantation

Hartford Hospital Medical Center, CT


Inbo Shim, M.D.

Staff Surgeon,

VA Hospital, NC


Tiffany L Anthony MD 

Associate Professor

Baylor Medical Center, Dallas, TX



John Milner, M.D.,

Assistant Professor,

Loyola University, Chicago, IL



Julian Losanoff, M.D.

Professor and Chairman of Surgery,

VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System



Sanjay Kulkarni, M.D.,

Associate Professor of Surgery, Yale University School of Med. New Haven, CT.,

Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation



Randolph Schaffer, M.D.,

Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA



Charles Winans, M.D.,

Assistant Professor of Surgery,

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH



Somchai Limsrichamrern, M.D.,

Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand



Christoper Siegel, M.D.,

Director, Adult Kidney-Pancreas and Pediatric Liver Transplant Programs,

University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH



Joseph Buell, M.D.,

Assistant Professor of Surgery,

Director, Israel Penn International Transplant Tumor Registry, University of Cincinnati, OH



Atsushi Yoshida, M.D.,

Senior Staff Surgeon, Div. of Transplant Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI



Hani P. Grewal, M.D.,

Associate Professor,

Mayo  Clinic Jacksonville, FL



George E. Loss, M.D., Ph.D.,

Professor, Chief, Section of Transplantation,

Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA



David C. Cronin, M.D.,

Associate Professor,

Director of Liver Transplantation

Medical College of Wisconsin


Magaral Rajesekar, M.D.,

Director, Liver Transplant Program,

New Delhi, India


David S. Seaman, M.D,

Private Practice in Virginia






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