Michael J. Goldstein Named Director of Kidney Transplantation at Miami Transplant Institute

Michael J. Goldstein, M.D., has been named director of kidney transplantation at the Miami Transplant Institute, a collaborative program between the Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital. Goldstein also has been appointed Executive Director of the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency.

A renowned transplant surgeon, Goldstein specializes in high-risk kidney and pancreas transplantation and gears his clinical efforts toward improving patient access to transplantation through use of advanced immunosuppressant drug regimens and by maximizing the use of organs from deceased and living donors.

“Dr. Goldstein has established himself as a leader in transplant and organ donation,” said Rodrigo Vianna, M.D., professor of surgery and Director of Transplant Services at the Miami Transplant Institute. “We are thrilled to have him as part of our transplant team and to be able to offer his unparalleled expertise to South Florida residents.”

Before joining UM/Jackson, Goldstein directed kidney and pancreas transplantation at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Before that, he was assistant professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he helped grow deceased donor organ use by 400 percent. He also served as surgical director of pediatric abdominal transplantation at Columbia University, where he led the development of abdominal organ transplantation in children at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. In addition, he led a team of researchers in improving the management of the deceased organ donor program and enhancing organ quality at the New York Organ Donor Network. He is one of the founding members of a national strategy for donor research.

Goldstein received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed both his post-doctoral residency fellowship in general surgery and his abdominal transplantation fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center.

Goldstein has authored many manuscripts and editorials focusing on clinical transplantation outcomes, organ donor management, organ ischemia/preservation, and the changing nature and modernization of surgical education. He also has presented several lectures on the challenges and successes of organ transplantation, optimizing organ acceptance, transplanting organs with glomerulosclerosis, and regional disparities in access to organ transplantation.

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