Professor of Surgery
Director, Transplant Institute
NYU Langone Health
Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, FACS, is a Professor of Surgery and the Director of the newly formed NYU Langone Transplant Institute. Before coming to NYU he was 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. Montgomery completed his general surgical training, multi-organ transplantation fellowship, and postdoctoral 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, the Hopkins protocol for desensitization of incompatible kidney transplant patients, and performed 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 1 day. He is considered a world expert on kidney transplantation for highly sensitized and ABO incompatible patients.
Dr. Montgomery is a co-principal investigator for an NIH/ITN sponsored tolerance clinical trial for simultaneous donor bone marrow and live donor kidney transplantation. He runs multiple investigator initiated clinical trials of novel desensitization therapies. His research interests include mechanisms underlying the immunomodulatory effect of plasmapheresis, stem cell therapy for highly sensitized patients, and gene and cell based therapies in transplantation.
He 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 National Kidney Registry with the Terasaki Medical Innovation Award.