The CCTI Is delighted to announce that Dr. Adam Griesemer has been appointed Surgical Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at New York Presbyterian-Columbia Hospital. In addition, he is the UNOS-designated Primary Surgeon for the Live Donor liver transplant program at Columbia and the Surgical Director for that program.
These new roles culminate the rapid rise in his clinical responsibility at Columbia as a master surgeon commanding the most difficult techniques in the field. In the spirit of clinical innovation that has marked the program in liver transplantation, Adam will continue the development of laparoscopic liver donation, a contribution for which NYP's live donor team, founded by Ben Samstein, is world renowned.
Adam joined the Columbia faculty in Transplantation in 2003, and is one of the Principal Investigators in the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology. In that capacity, he is leading the effort to develop tolerance in the liver transplant model in primates resulting in a broad scope of preclinical and mechanistic research that will characterize the unique immunologic challenges of liver transplantation. Columbia is the only research facility in the world with a successful liver transplant program in the monkey that was developed by Dr. Tomoaki Kato. Because immunologic phenomena in the mouse are not reliably predictive of human outcomes, the primate model is critical to the development of protocols that will be successful in human patients. These studies have set the stage for interventional clinical trials of tolerance in human liver transplantation that Adam will be bringing to patients as soon as the clinical protocol is perfected.
Dr. Griesemer is from Missouri where he received his MD from the University of Missouri, and trained in General surgery and transplantation at Columbia. He spent 2 years at Harvard where he conducted postdoctoral research under the direction of Dr. Kazuhiko Yamada and Megan Sykes. Adam has contributed over 55 peer reviewed manuscripts to the literature and his research is funded under multiple NIH and DOD grants. He has lectured regionally and internationally. He has mentored many young investigators and surgeons in the laboratory and is a dedicated teacher in the clinic.