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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


Accepting New Patients



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.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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James F. Markmann MD, PhD is the Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery and Director of Clinical Operations at the Transplant Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Claude Welch Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in liver, kidney, pancreas and islet transplantation as well as hemodialysis access surgery. He is active in numerous societies, editorial boards and organizations and is currently secretary of the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association and Councilor of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. He has published more than 300 scientific papers over the last 30 years, most in the area of immune tolerance and pancreas and islet transplantation and has held continuous NIH R01 funding for >15 years. His current research interests include: 1) understanding the mechanism of action and therapeutic potential of regulatory B cells, 2) exploring the potential of ex vivo liver perfusion to improve marginal organ function, and 3) clinical trials in transplantation tolerance and pancreatic islet transplantation.

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.

News & Events

  • Preparing for the future: LVC grant supports Geriatric Emergency Medicine

    As baby boomers reach their senior years and life expectancy increases, so does the number of older adults who live with both complex chronic diseases as well as common aging-related conditions and illnesses.

  • Mass General Surgeons Named to Boston Magazine's 2019 Top Doctors List

    45 doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Surgery included in Boston magazine's 2019 Top Doctors list.

  • Transplanting experience, a patient gives back

    “At first, they didn’t know what it was,” says Karen Regan, 64, of Methuen, Massachusetts. “Yet my condition continued to deteriorate.”

  • 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.


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
Fax: 617-643-7409
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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