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James F. (Jim) Markmann, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Transplantation

Surgical Director, Liver, Pancreas and Islet Transplant Programs

Clinical Director, MGH Transplant Center

  • Phone: 617-726-6631
Transplant Surgery
Department of Surgery


  • Cancer Center
  • Liver Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Transplant Center
  • Pancreas/Islet Transplant
  • Pediatric Transplant Surgery
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Liver Transplant
Clinical Interests
Pancreas and islet transplant
Hepatobiliary surgery
Vascular access for hemodialysis
Kidney transplant
Liver transplant
Minimally invasive surgery
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship, UCLA Medical Center
Board Certifications
Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


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. 


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Transplant Surgical Center
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-6631

Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-643-4533
Fax: 617-643-4579

Dialysis Vascular Access
165 Cambridge Street
Suite 301
Boston, MA 02114-2751

Phone: 617-643-0765

Transplant Surgical Center
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-643-4533
Phone 2: 617-726-6631
Fax: 617-643-4579