Dr. Gerald Brandacher is scientific director of the Johns Hopkins Reconstructive Transplantation program. He is also an associate professor of surgery (PAR) in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2010, Dr. Brandacher was a key member of the hand transplant programs in Innsbruck, Austria and at the University of Pittsburgh. As scientific director of the program at UPMC he was instrumental in designing a novel cell-based immunomodulatory treatment protocol for VCA and was also part of the team performing the first bilateral hand transplant and first forearm transplant in the US. His main scientific interests are donor-specific immune tolerance and immunomonitoring strategies.
Dr. Brandacher received his medical degree from Leopold Franzens University, Innsbruck, School of Medicine, and completed further surgical training at the Center of Operative Medicine, Department of Visceral, Transplant and Thoracic Surgery, at Innsbruck Medical University. He is the recipient of many prestigious national and international awards related to his work in reconstructive transplantation including The Young Investigator Awards of the American Society of Transplantation and the European Society of Organ Transplantation, The Young Innovator Award of the American Society of Transplantation and the Excellence in Research Award of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Brandacher is furthermore the author of numerous peer reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts and has edited two textbooks on hand transplantation.
He is Past-President of the Austrian Society of Surgical Research, Board Member of the Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Working Group of the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT), Co-chair of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) Vascular Composite Allotransplantation Advisory Council and is a Founding and Board Member of the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation (ASRT).