Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD

Biography

Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD

Email: adkirk@emory.edu

An internationally recognized surgical scientist and authority on transplant immunology, Dr. Kirk came to Emory from the NIH, where he was a senior investigator and the founding chief of the Transplantation Branch at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. He serves as a kidney/pancreas transplant surgeon at Emory University Hospital and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, with primary appointments in the Department of Surgery and a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics to facilitate novel transplant therapies for children. Dr. Kirk's special interests include development of improved therapeutics and more precise monitoring techniques so that immune therapies can be tailor-made to the transplant patient and patient outcomes improved. He has successfully targeted several costimulatory molecules with monoclonal antibodies in primates, is evaluating multiple anti-CD154 approaches pre-clinically, has developed new therapeutics for use in transplantation, and designed several novel means for monitoring transplant recipients. In 2009, Dr. Kirk was named editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Transplantation.

Kirk's special interests include development of improved therapeutics and more precise monitoring techniques so that immune therapies can be tailor-made to the transplant patient and patient outcomes improved. He has successfully targeted several costimulatory molecules with monoclonal antibodies in primates, is evaluating multiple anti-CD154 approaches pre-clinically, has developed new therapeutics for use in transplantation, and designed several novel means for monitoring transplant recipients.