Robert Montgomery (physician)

From Wikipedia
Robert Montgomery
Citizenship United States
Awards Thomas J. Watson Fellowship[ citation needed]
Scientific career
Fields Transplant Surgery
Institutions- New York University; Johns Hopkins University (2000 - 2016)

Robert Montgomery is the director of the Transplant Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Early life and education

Montgomery was born in January 1960, in Buffalo, New York and spent his ealy years on Potter Avenue in Orchard Park, New York growing up with his three older brothers and all the kids on the street. The fourth of four male siblings, he decided to pursue a career in medicine after the long illness and death of his father from familial cardiomyopathy at age 52. [1] He received his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1987. [2]


Montgomery received his general surgical training at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1987 to 1995.[ citation needed] He did a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Human Genetics. [3] He then finished his clinical training in Multi-Organ Transplantation at Johns Hopkins from 1997-1999 after which he joined the clinical staff as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. [4] In 2003 Montgomery became Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Johns Hopkins, positions he held until 2016. [4] In the first year at those positions Montgomery was lead physician in what Johns Hopkins called the world's first simultaneous "triple swap" kidney transplant operation. [5] Other such surgeries with Montgomery as lead physician occurred at Johns Hopkins during the decade. [6] [7] In 2003, Montgomery was the inaugural recipient of the Margery K. and Thomas Pozefsky Professorship in Kidney Transplantation. In 2016, he accepted a position as the inaugural Director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute in New York. [8]

Montgomery helped develop a laparoscopic method for removing a kidney from a living donor which became common practice. [9]

In September 2021 Mongomery performed the first xenotranplantation of a nonhuman kidney to a human. A kidney from a pig genetically modified not to have the alpha-gal sugar was transplanted to a deceased human body donor, which did not reject the kidney while ventilated for 54 hours. [9]

Personal life

Montgomery is married to opera singer Denyce Graves. [10]

Montgomery has received a transplanted heart. [9]


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  4. ^ a b Simpkins, Beth. "Surgeon Biographies". Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  5. ^ Dakss, Brian (2 August 2003). "'Triple Swap' Kidney Transplant". CBS News.
  6. ^ "Doctors Perform 3-Way Kidney Swap". ABC News. 6 January 2006.
  7. ^ Dominguez, Alex (20 November 2006). "5-Way Kidney Swap Performed at Hopkins". The Washington Post. The Associated Press.
  8. ^ "Pioneering Surgeon to Lead New Transplant Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center". Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  9. ^ a b c "Progress in Xenotransplantation Opens Door to New Supply of Critically Needed Organs". NYU Langone News. Retrieved 2021-10-30.
  10. ^ Herndon, Jessica (13 September 2009). "Opera singer Denyce Graves Weds Surgeon Robert Montgomery".