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John J. Fung, MD, PhD

President of The Transplantation Society (TTS)

Director, UChicago Medicine Transplantation Institute

Chief, Section of Transplant Surgery

Professor of Surgery


John J. Fung, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the UChicago Medicine Transplantation Institute.  Prior to that, he served as Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Health System Center for Transplantation, as well as the former Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.  With over 30 years of involvement in abdominal and cellular transplantation, he is also an accomplished immunologist.

Dr. Fung received his B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975, followed by a Ph.D. in Immunology in 1980 and M.D. in 1982 from the University of Chicago.  He completed his surgical residency at the University of Rochester, and a transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Starzl.  Between 1987 and 1988, he served as Director of Histocompatibility Testing at the University of Rochester.  In 1989, he joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and held the tenured position as the inaugural Thomas E. Starzl Professor in Surgery.  He joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2004 as the Chairman of the Department of General Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western University. He also served as the Medical Director of Allogen Laboratory, one of the largest histocompatibility laboratories in the United States and oversaw transplantation services at five Cleveland Clinic facilities globally.  In 2016, he was recruited to serve as the Director of the newly created University of Chicago Medicine Transplantation Institute.

Dr. Fung is a member of numerous scientific and surgical societies and served as President of the International Liver Transplantation Society from 1997-1999.  He is currently Secretary of the Transplantation Society.  He has published over 1,200 articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial board for several medical journals.  He is the past Editor-in-Chief for Liver Transplantation.  His principal research interests are in transplantation immunology, immunosuppressive therapies, and liver related immunology.  In addition, he has received numerous prestigious lay and professional awards.  His research interests are in transplant immunology, liver immunity, immnosuppression, and outcomes analysis.

Dr. Fung is active in community affairs and has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Americans for Medical Progress and the Gift of Hope Organ Procurement Organization.  He received an honorable discharge from the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He and his wife, Beth have four children: Justin, Lauren, Brendan and Shannon.