Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta announces Stuart Knechtle, M.D., as Chief of Transplant Services

Respected Researcher will lead Heart, Kidney and Liver Transplant Teams

ATLANTA (March 27, 2012) – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta announces Stuart Knechtle, M.D., as Chief of Transplant Services. He adds to his roles of Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program and the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Chair for Liver Transplant Surgery.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Knechtle as our leader,” said Amy Hauser, Service Line Administrator for Transplant Services at Children’s. “His expertise in clinical care and innovative research will only further enhance our program.”

As Chief of Transplant Services, Dr. Knechtle will collaborate with other physician leaders to develop and implement strategic initiatives for the program. He will continue to enhance research and build Children’s programming, outreach and education efforts. Dr. Knechtle is also Clinical Director at the Emory Transplant Center, Director of Liver Transplantation at the Emory Clinic, Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.

He has designed and led a variety of clinical trials and is considered a leader in the field of liver and kidney transplantation. A respected researcher, Dr. Knechtle has operated a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research lab for 20 years and continues research focused on the immunologic mechanisms of transplant rejection and immunologic tolerance. Prior to joining Children’s and Emory, he led a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that performed the state’s first living donor liver transplant and Wisconsin’s first combined liver and pancreas transplant.

Dr. Knechtle is a member of several professional and scientific organizations, including the American Surgical Association and the American Society of Transplantation. He has contributed to more than 300 research articles, publications, and abstracts in the areas of transplantation and transplant immunology.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has performed more than 325 liver transplants, 250 heart transplants and 500 kidney transplants – one of only a few pediatric hospitals in the country to reach such a milestone. For more information on the Children’s transplant services, visit

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Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012