CCTI Principal Investigator, Dr. Adam Griesemer has been awarded a 2019 Rising Star in Transplantation Surgery Award by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. Dr. Griesemer graduated with a BA in Chemistry from Harvard University. He then received his MD from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was AOA. He performed his general surgery residency at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. While in residency, he spent 3 years in a research fellowship in transplantation immunology at the Transplantation Biology Research Center at MGH. His research was focused on tolerance induction after allogeneic and xenogeneic transplantation, and he received Young Investigator awards from the AST and the IXA. Dr. Griesemer then performed his transplant surgery fellowship at Columbia University and after graduation, he joined the Faculty there 2013. At the same time, he established his laboratory in the CCTI, with a focus on tolerance induction in translational animal models and he has the only active nonhuman primate liver transplant model in the US. He has received support for this work from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Career Development Award in the Memory of the University of Michigan Transplant Team and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Faculty Development Grant, in addition to research support from the NIH. He currently serves as the surgical director of the pediatric liver transplant program and the living donor liver transplant program at NYP-Columbia.