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Science at the heart of medicine Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D.
Science at the heart of medicine
Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D.
Professor, Surgery, Einstein
Chief, Transplantation, Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation
Director, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care
Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D., is an expert in hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation and also leads
the abdominal transplant programs at Montefiore and Einstein. He performs complex operations on the
liver, including live-donor liver transplantation. Dr. Kinkhabwala is an active collaborator in the Marion
Bessin Liver Research Center at Einstein, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a
member of Einstein’s prestigious NIH-designated Cancer Center. In the lab, Dr. Kinkhabwala is
developing novel cell-based therapies for liver disease as well as translational research in liver cancer
proteomics in collaboration with Dr. Allan Wolkoff, chief of the division of gastroenterology.
Dr. Kinkhabwala completed medical school at Cornell University Medical College with honors in
research and did his residency in surgery at New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center. He held a
postgraduate fellowship in transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at UCLA Medical Center. Dr.
Kinkhabwala then joined the faculty at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Cornell Medical
Center in New York and instituted a new program in pancreas transplantation at Cornell. He also cofounded the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Columbia, a novel integrated liver center
established in 1997. During his 10 years at the Center for Liver Disease, he served as surgical director,
fellowship training director and director of living-donor liver transplantation.
He has participated in several important policy initiatives leading to improvements in the care of living
donors, including the New York State regulations surrounding live-donor transplantation and the NIHfunded A2ALL study tracking live-donor outcomes. At Columbia, Dr. Kinkhabwala received a federal
grant to study machine perfusion of donor livers as a means of improving organ use, and was also a
co-investigator in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Islet Cell Program at Cornell.
In 2007, Dr. Kinkhabwala joined Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine as
chief of the division of transplantation. He has held leadership roles in such national organizations as
the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Society of Transplantation and the
International Liver Transplant Society. At Montefiore, Dr. Kinkhabwala established the Montefiore
Einstein Liver Center to combine liver-disease practitioners and scientists in an integrated inpatient and
outpatient care system.
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