Dr. Raja Kandaswamy

Dr. Raja Kandaswamy is the Vice-Chief & Sutherland-Butterfield Professor in Immunology and Transplantation at the University of Minnesota. He is also the Surgical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs, and Director of the Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he has been faculty for the last 20 years.

Dr. Kandaswamy is the world leader in engineering improved eplet matches through paired exchange to achieve better transplant outcomes and open the door to safely lowering immunosuppression. He has published over 100 articles, has over 300 accepted abstracts at national and international transplant meetings and has been an invited speaker at conferences nationally and internationally.

He is an Associate Editor for Clinical Transplantation. He is a reviewer for several journals, including American Journal of Kidney Diseases, American Journal of Transplantation, and Transplantation. His surgical expertise is in the area of multiorgan abdominal transplants including kidney, liver, pancreas, and islet transplantation. He performed the world’s first laparoscopic hemi-pancreatectomy in combination with nephrectomy as a donor procedure.