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Francis L. Weng, MD, MSCE, Named Program Director of the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

06/23/2017

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.

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