March 3, 2011

Message from the Deputy Vice Chancellor: New Director Named for the Vanderbilt Transplant Center

Dear Colleagues,
I am delighted to announce Seth J. Karp, M.D., as the new director for the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, effective July 1.

Seth is currently assistant professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School where he is director of the Pancreas Transplant Program and director of the Transplant Fellowship Training Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He also serves on the Admissions Committee for Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (M.D.).

After receiving both his undergraduate degree and a Master in Astrophysics from Harvard, Seth went on to earn his M.D. from the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Division of Health and Technology.

Seth’s residency training in surgery occurred at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he served as chief resident and also underwent additional fellowship training. He underwent a fellowship in Transplantation at Johns Hopkins where he also served as assistant professor of Surgery.

His clinical contributions at Beth Israel include expertise in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation, vascular access and general surgery, where he also conducts research on surgical innovations.

In addition to his clinical contributions, Seth also conducts basic sciences research on the biology of liver development and liver regeneration, with the goal of understanding the molecular basis of these processes, then applying this knowledge to strategies for liver renewal or replacement. His research has already resulted in the publication of 23 original articles.

Seth’s selection and appointment comes as the result of a national search. I would like to thank the dedicated members of the search committee, chaired by Dan Beauchamp, M.D., the JC Foshee distinguished professor and chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences. Other members of this search committee included Dai Chung, M.D., Agnes Fogo, M.D., Louis Muglia, M.D., Ph.D., Roman Perri, M.D., Douglas Sawyers, M.D., Ph.D., and Edward Zavala, M.B.A.

As a liver transplant surgeon, and having served as director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center since 1993, I am keenly aware of the importance of the role Seth will play as he joins our faculty.

The Vanderbilt Transplant Center remains Tennessee’s only comprehensive transplant center, offering transplantation of all solid organs — heart, lungs, liver, kidney/pancreas — as well as bone marrow transplantation. Seth joins a team of tremendously talented and dedicated professionals who, through the miracle of organ donation and transplantation, profoundly and positively impact the lives of so many patients throughout this region.

The selection of Seth as director of the Transplant Center, only the third individual in the history of transplantation at Vanderbilt to hold this position, allows us to build upon the rich history, tradition and the outstanding progress we have made in the field of organ transplantation since our center’s founding more than two decades ago.

Please join me as we welcome Seth into this new role.

C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D.
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
CEO, Vanderbilt Health System