In response to an ever-increasing need for kidney and pancreas transplantation
and the program’s continuous growth, Francis L. Weng, MD, MSCE,
(pictured right) was recently appointed to the newly created role of Program
Director for the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Program at Saint Barnabas
Medical Center (SBMC). As a vital member of the Transplant Team, Dr. Weng
will provide oversight for all clinical aspects of the kidney and pancreas
transplant program as well as its extensive research endeavors. He will
continue to serve as Director of Transplant Research for the Renal and
Pancreas Transplant Program, a position he has held since 2010.
“When you couple the severe shortage of donor organs with nearly
60 percent of Americans predicted to develop kidney disease at some time,
advances in the field of living donor kidney transplantation are crucial”,
states Shamkant Mulgaonkar, MD, Chief, Renal and Pancreas Transplant Program
at SBMC. Dr. Weng’s proven leadership and dedication to expanding
the reach of our living donor program, especially though his research
endeavors, makes him an excellent physician to lead the program.”
As an active clinical researcher, Dr. Weng seeks to increase access to
and awareness of living donor kidney transplantation, especially among
minorities. While at SBMC, he has served as the lead investigator for
three federally-funded transplant studies, collaborating with epidemiology,
biostatistics, health disparities, and behavioral science researchers
at other institutions. He has published multiple original studies based
upon research performed at SBMC.
Dr. Weng joined the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Program in 2005 as a
transplant nephrologist. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology
from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and his medical degree from Columbia
University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. He performed
his residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New
York, NY, and fellowships in Clinical Epidemiology, Nephrology and Transplant
Nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia,
PA. Dr. Weng currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology,
Rutgers School of Public Health.
The world-class Renal and Pancreas Transplant Program, located at Saint
Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, is one of the world’s
most progressive transplant programs. With 304 kidney transplants performed
in 2016, Saint Barnabas is among the 10 largest kidney transplant programs
in the country and ranks as the fourth largest for living donor kidney
transplantation. The Program has a dedicated team of eight transplant
physicians, three transplant surgeons, a transplant urologist, and a large
team of coordinators, social workers, transplant pharmacists and dietitians.
In addition, the Program conducts extensive research and participates
in trials for new medications and surgical techniques. As a result of
this and other research, almost 98 percent of living-donor kidneys survive
the first year and nearly 90 percent survive five years.
To learn more about kidney transplants or becoming a donor, please visit
the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Program webpage at
www.transplantkidney.org or call 1.888.409.4707.