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David A. Gerber, MD

Chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery
George F. Sheldon, MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery


Solid organ transplantation, pediatric transplantation, living-related organ donation, stem cell and regenerative medicine, immunology, liver cancer, liver surgery, hepatobiliary, laparoscopic liver surgery; Gallbladder; liver transplantation; kidney transplantation


David A. Gerber, MD, was born in NY and graduated with a B.S. from Cornell University in 1985 and in 1989 received an M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1989-1996 he completed general surgery training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and a post-doctoral fellowship in Transplantation Immunology. From 1996-1998 he was a clinical transplant fellow at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He joined the Division of Abdominal Transplant, Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine in 1998, and his current title is Professor with Tenure. In 2007, he became the Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation, and in 2008 he became Chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplant at UNC.

He actively runs a basic science lab focused on stem cell research with an emphasis on cellular differentiation and organogenesis (or organ regeneration). He has received extramural funding from the American Liver Foundation, the Roche Organ Transplant Research Foundation, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the National Institutes of Health. A translational focus of his research group involves developing technologies focused on the integration of stem cells and nanotechnology for the development of bioartificial organs. As principal investigator he is involved in >15 pharma-sponsored clinical trials focused on advancing patient outcomes in kidney and liver transplantation. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and has a total of >80 peer reviewed publications in: transplantation, stem cell biology, and regenerative medicine. In addition, he has given over 100 presentations in national and international forums in the healthcare field.

His extracurricular activities extend to several national and international organizations including the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, The Transplantation Society, Society of University of Surgeons, Southern Surgical Association and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. He was chair of the Scientific Studies Committee for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and in 2008 was selected as a James IVth Traveling Fellow. From 2007-2010 he was selected to “Best Doctors in America.” In 2010 he was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Advisory Committee on Transplantation (ACOT).

He has been elected to UNC’s faculty council and the University’s Faculty Executive Committee that oversees faculty governance for the university. He is involved in teaching activities at the undergraduate and graduate level and has been the recipient of two teaching awards. In 2007, he was selected to the School of Medicine’s Academy of Educators and has been one of the key players to develop an educational platform that introduces entrepreneurship to the academy.

He is a Col. in the US Air Force Reserves, and his external activities include consulting for select biotechnology companies and serving as a board member for SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals, a facility built for families and critically ill patients.


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  • Phone Numbers

    (919) 966-8008 (Office Phone)

  • (919) 966-6308 (Fax)

  • Address

    Department of Surgery

    4025 Burnett Womack Building

    Campus Box 7211

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599