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James (Jim) F. Markmann, MD, PhD

  • Chief, Division of Transplantation
  • Surgical Director, Liver, Pancreas and Islet Transplant Programs
  • Clinical Director, MGH Transplant Center


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Transplant Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Transplant Center

Clinical Interests
  • Pancreas and islet transplant
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Vascular access for hemodialysis
  • Kidney (renal) transplant
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Liver transplant
Medical Education
  • MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship, UCLA Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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James Markmann MD, PhD, FACS completed Medical School and Graduate School training in immunology at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a residency in General Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a Fellowship in Liver, Kidney, and Pancreas Transplant Surgery at the University of California Los Angeles, he returned to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to practice Transplant surgery and to direct the Pancreas Transplant Program. In 2007 he joined the Massachusetts General Hospital faculty and in 2008 became the Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery and more recently the Surgical Director of the MGH Liver, Pancreas and Islet Transplant programs and Clinical Director of the MGH Transplant Center.

Dr. Markmann has diverse clinical expertise, having performed hundreds of liver and kidney transplants, laparoscopic donor nephrectomies, and vascular access procedures. Dr. Markmann is a recognized leader in the field of pancreatic islet transplantation and recently developed the only active clinical islet transplant program in New England. Recently, he and his team have developed an active islet autotransplant program for patients undergoing total pancreatectomy for chronic pancreatitis. Dr. Markmann also heads a robust research program that includes clinical trials in liver and kidney transplantation tolerance that have the goal of eliminating the need for life long immunosuppression. 

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Markmann's research interests include 1) developing ways to perform transplants without immunosuppression, 2) new approaches to alleviate the organ shortage, and 3) utilizing pancreatic islets to treat patients with Type I diabetes. Dr. Markmann has published over 250 scientific papers and his research work is funded by the NIH and JDRF.

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News & Events

  • Royal visit

    Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser of Qatar visited the MGH May 19 for a special presentation about type 1 diabetes treatment and research, islet and whole organ transplantation and the future of a bionic pancreas.

  • Center for Transplantation Sciences – A new partnership

    The MGH Transplantation Biology Research Center and the Thier 8 Transplant Surgery Research Laboratory combined on Jan. 1 to form the Center for Transplantation Sciences.

  • Center for Transplantation Sciences: A new partnership

    The MGH Transplantation Biology Research Center and the Thier 8 Transplant Surgery Research Laboratory combined on Jan. 1 to form the Center for Transplantation Sciences.

  • An MGH transplant miracle

    This marks the second time in the past 20 years that the MGH has performed a heart and liver transplant, also the second operation of its kind ever done in New England.

  • Kidney transplant patients meet their matches

    John Marzelli and Esperanza Yoblonsky were suffering from IgA nephropathy and both needed a new kidney; they found the answer in the Mass General Transplant Center's internal exchange program.

  • MGH Transplant Center hosts inaugural golf tournament

    MGH Hotline 08.27.10 Nearly 100 golfers -- including MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD; MGPO Chairman and CEO David F. Torchiana, MD; and Chief of the MGH Division of Transplantation James F. Markmann, MD, PhD -- took to the links at the Weston Golf Club July 12 for the inaugural MGH Transplant Center Golf Classic.


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Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-643-4533
Fax: 617-643-4579
Dialysis Vascular Access
165 Cambridge Street
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Boston MA, 02114-2751
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Transplant Surgical Center
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-643-4533
Phone 2: 617-726-6631
Fax: 617-643-4579

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