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Robert Avery Montgomery, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert Avery Montgomery, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Division of Transplantation
Director, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center
Professor of Surgery

Appointment Phone: 410.955.6685

Dr. Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, FACS, is the inaugural recipient of the Margery K. and Thomas Pozefsky Endowed Professorship in Kidney Transplantation. He received his doctor of medicine with Honor from the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine. He received his doctor of philosophy from Balliol College, The University of Oxford, England in molecular immunology. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctor of science from his Alma Mater, St Lawrence University. Dr. Montgomery completed his general surgical training, multi-organ transplantation fellowship and post-doctoral fellowship in human molecular genetics at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Montgomery was part of the team that developed the laparoscopic procedure for live kidney donation, a procedure that has become the standard throughout the world. He and the Hopkins team conceived the idea of the Domino Paired Donation and the Hopkins protocol for desensitization of incompatible kidney transplant patients. Dr. Montgomery participated in the first chain of transplants started by an altruistic donor. He led the team that performed the first 2-way domino paired donation, 3-way paired donation, 3-way domino paired donation, 4-way paired donation, 4-way domino paired donation, 5-way domino paired donation, 6-way domino paired donation, 8-way multi-institutional domino paired donation, and co-led the first 10-way open chain. He is credited in the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records with the most kidney transplants performed in one day. Dr. Montgomery is considered a world expert on kidney transplantation for highly sensitized and ABO incompatible patients. His work with patients in these programs has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, the CBS, ABC and NBC Evening News, CNN, The Discovery Channel, USA Today, and the front page of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Dr. Montgomery has received important awards and distinctions including a Fulbright Scholarship and a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and memberships in the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor societies. He has been awarded multiple scholarships from The American College of Surgeons and The American Society of Transplant Surgeons. The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland has recognized his contributions to the field of transplantation with the Champion of Hope Award and the National Kidney Registry recognized him with the Terasaki Medical Innovation Award.

Selected Publications

  • Muzaale AD, Massie AB, Wang MC, Montgomery RA, McBride MA, Wainright JL, Segev DL. Risk of end-stage renal disease following live kidney donation. JAMA. 2014 Feb 12;311(6):579-86.

  • Montgomery RA, Lonze BE, King KE, Kraus ES, Kucirka LM, Locke JE, Warren DS, Simpkins CE, Dagher NN, Singer AL, Zachary AA, Segev DL. Desensitization of HLA-Incompatible Kidney Recipients and Survival. N Engl J Med. 2011 July 28;365(4):318-326.

  • Alachkar N, Gupta G, Montgomery RA. Angiotensin antibodies and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. N Engl J Med. 2013 Mar 7;368(10):971-3.

  • Kucirka LM, Grams ME, Lessler J, Hall EC, James N, Massie AB, Montgomery RA, Segev DL. Association of race and age with survival among patients undergoing dialysis. JAMA. 2011 August 10;306(6):620-626.