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Allan Douglas Kirk, MD, PhD

David C. Sabiston, Jr. Professor of Surgery
Chair, Department of Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Professor in Pediatrics
Professor in the Department of Immunology
Campus Mail: DUMC 3704, Durham, NC 27710

Costimulation Blockade in Organ Transplantion

Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery Chairman
David C. Sabiston, Jr. Professor of Surgery

Education and Training

  • Fellow, Multi Organ Transplantation, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1995 - 1997
  • Chief Resident, Surgery, Duke University, 1994 - 1995
  • Senior Resident, Surgery, Duke University, 1992 - 1994
  • Research Fellow, Surgery, Duke University, 1989 - 1992
  • Intern & Junior Resident, Surgery, Duke University, 1987 - 1989
  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1992
  • M.D., Duke University School of Medicine, 1987
  • B.S., Old Dominion University, 1983

Selected Grants


Cooper, David K. C., Rita Bottino, Pierre Gianello, Melanie Graham, Wayne J. Hawthorne, Allan D. Kirk, Olle Korsgren, Chung-Gyu Park, and Collin Weber. “First update of the International Xenotransplantation Association consensus statement on conditions for undertaking clinical trials of porcine islet products in type 1 diabetes--Chapter 4: pre-clinical efficacy and complication data required to justify a clinical trial..” Xenotransplantation 23, no. 1 (January 2016): 46–52.

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Newell, K. A., A. Asare, I. Sanz, C. Wei, A. Rosenberg, Z. Gao, S. Kanaparthi, et al. “Longitudinal studies of a B cell-derived signature of tolerance in renal transplant recipients..” Am J Transplant 15, no. 11 (November 2015): 2908–20.

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Elder, Robert W., Roshan P. George, Nancy M. McCabe, Fred H. Rodriguez, Wendy M. Book, William T. Mahle, and Allan D. Kirk. “Immunologic Aging in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease: Does Infant Sternotomy Matter?.” Pediatr Cardiol 36, no. 7 (October 2015): 1411–16.

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Ma, Jun, Jasmin Divers, Nicholette D. Palmer, Bruce A. Julian, Ajay K. Israni, David Schladt, Stephen O. Pastan, et al. “Deceased donor multidrug resistance protein 1 and caveolin 1 gene variants may influence allograft survival in kidney transplantation..” Kidney Int 88, no. 3 (September 2015): 584–92.

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Forsberg, Jonathan A., Benjamin K. Potter, Matthew B. Wagner, Andrew Vickers, Christopher J. Dente, Allan D. Kirk, and Eric A. Elster. “Lessons of War: Turning Data Into Decisions..” Ebiomedicine 2, no. 9 (September 2015): 1235–42.

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Freitas, A. M., K. P. Samy, A. B. Farris, F. V. Leopardi, M. Song, L. Stempora, E. A. Strobert, J. A. Jenkins, A. D. Kirk, and L. C. Cendales. “Studies Introducing Costimulation Blockade for Vascularized Composite Allografts in Nonhuman Primates..” Am J Transplant 15, no. 8 (August 2015): 2240–49.

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Cendales, L., R. Bray, H. Gebel, L. Brewster, R. Elbein, D. Farthing, M. Song, et al. “Tacrolimus to Belatacept Conversion Following Hand Transplantation: A Case Report..” Am J Transplant 15, no. 8 (August 2015): 2250–55.

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Suessmuth, Y., R. Mukherjee, B. Watkins, D. T. Koura, K. Finstermeier, C. Desmarais, L. Stempora, et al. “CMV reactivation drives posttransplant T-cell reconstitution and results in defects in the underlying TCRbeta repertoire.” Blood 125 (June 18, 2015): 3835–50.


Suessmuth, Yvonne, Rithun Mukherjee, Benjamin Watkins, Divya T. Koura, Knut Finstermeier, Cindy Desmarais, Linda Stempora, et al. “CMV reactivation drives posttransplant T-cell reconstitution and results in defects in the underlying TCRβ repertoire..” Blood 125, no. 25 (June 18, 2015): 3835–50.

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