Johns Hopkins Team
Doctor Robert Montgomery
Robert A. Montgomery is the inaugural recipient of the Margery K. and Thomas Pozefsky Professorship in Kidney Transplantation. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of the Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program, Chief of the Division of Transplantation, and Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center, at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. 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. Montgomery completed his general surgical training, multi-organ transplantation fellowship, and postdoctoral fellowship in Human Molecular Genetics at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Montgomery has been involved in the development of innovative approaches to expanding live donor renal transplantation including: the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, positive crossmatch and ABO incompatible transplantation, paired kidney exchange, and altruistic donor programs. His work with patients in these programs has been featured in numerous documentaries, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS and NBC Evening News, CNN, The Discovery Channel, and in print in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post and 3 times in The Wall Street Journal, including a front-page article.
He was part of the team that developed the laparoscopic procedure for live kidney donation, a procedure which has become the standard throughout the world. He led the team that performed the first triple swap, triple domino swap, and the world’s first quintuple kidney pared donation. He is considered a world’s expert on kidney transplantation for highly sensitized and ABO incompatible patients and has lead several national task forces and consensus groups on this subject. His other clinical interests include the use of expanded criteria donors and pulsatile perfusion pumping to preserve and rescue organs that previously were not used for transplantation. Dr. Montgomery has been the principle investigator on several extramural and NIH grants for the basic science study of the mechanisms underlying the immunomodulatory effect of plasmapheresis and incompatible transplantation, as well as gene and cell based therapies in solid organ transplantation.
Dr. Montgomery is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons and member of many surgical societies. He has received many 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.
Brigitte Reeb, Administrative Director of Transplant Center
Brigitte Reeb specializes in the integration of clinical, financial and research data to support and optimize operational and business initiatives within healthcare systems. In her role as the Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, Brigitte is responsible for management of the center’s clinical operations, financial and billing processes, institutional regulatory compliance, performance improvement activities, community outreach, data systems and business development. She holds an MBA from the Johns Hopkins University.