Dr. Didier A. Mandelbrot, MD, AB was recently appointed Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at the University of Wisconsin. He has been active nationally in living kidney donation in his capacity as the American Society of Transplantation representative to the Joint Societies Living Donor Working Group, and as a founding and Executive Committee member for the AST’s Living Donation Community of Practice. He was recently elected Chair of this Community of Practice. He also served as the American Society of Nephrology’s representative to Living Kidney Donor Follow-up: State-of-the-Art and Future Directions Meeting.
As a fellow and junior faculty from 1993 to 2000, he focused on laboratory research in transplant immunology, and successfully obtained two NIH training grants and an AHA Grant-In-Aid while publishing extensively in the area of T-lymphocyte costimulation. This extensive basic science background provides a firm basis to pursue translational research.
After 2000, he made a transition from bench to clinical transplantation research, with a focus on transplant immunosuppression and living kidney donation. He have published and spoken extensively in the areas of living kidney donor evaluation and living donor follow-up. Additional publications address other important issues in the field, including living donation to HIV positive patients, information about recipients should be provided to donors, racial disparities in living donation, quality of live among donors and recipients, and web-based living donation.
Dr. Mandelbrot is currently co-PI on an RO1 grant to study outcomes after kidney donation (The KDOC Study), and co-investigator on an RO1 to study ways to reduce racial disparities in living kidney donation. His extensive scientific background, proven track record in clinical research and expertise in living kidney donation provide unique qualifications to complete the proposed study. Dr. Mandelbrot has successfully collaborated and published with researchers in psychology, immunology, radiology, pathology and laboratory medicine.