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Christian Larsen, MD, PhD

Yerkes Affiliate Scientist

Emory University School of Medicine

Vice President for Health Center Integration
Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University

Chair, Board of Directors
The Emory Clinic

Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine


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Christian P. Larsen, MD, PhD, is focused on achieving immune tolerance to organ and tissue transplants while preserving protective immunity within the recipient. During the last 15 years, his lab has been pivotal in the development and application of costimulation blockers to facilitate transplantation of both solid organs as well as pancreatic islets to treat type 1 diabetes. This research started in nonhuman primates at the Yerkes Research Center and was subsequently translated to highly successful human clinical trials.

Dr. Larsen received his medical degree magna cum laude from Emory University and his Doctor of Philosophy in transplantation immunology from the University of Oxford, England. After completing his general and transplantation surgery training at Stanford and Emory, where he was Chief Resident in Surgery and a fellow in transplantation surgery, he was appointed to the faculty of the Emory University Department of Surgery in 1991. Dr. Larsen rapidly established himself as a leading transplant surgeon and immunologist and, in 2001, became the first Carlos and Marguerite Mason Professor of Surgery and the founding director of the Emory Transplant Center, which is an umbrella organization that oversees and integrates all of Emory's academic, clinical and research resources in organ transplantation.

Dr. Larsen’s clinical practice focuses on kidney, pancreas and islet transplantation. In 2003, he performed the first islet transplant in Georgia. In addition to maintaining this busy surgical and clinical schedule throughout his career, he has built one of the foremost transplantation immunology programs in the world. The Emory Transplant Center now includes 200 members who provide coordinated, patient-focused, multidisciplinary care and conduct multidisciplinary research.

In 2009, Dr. Larsen was appointed Joseph Brown Whitehead Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, as well as surgeon-in-chief of Emory University Hospital and director of surgical services for Emory Healthcare.

Dr. Larsen collaborates with a number of researchers at Yerkes, including Drs. Rama Rao Amara, Maria Crane, Arash Grakoui, Joe Jenkins and Elizabeth Strobert.


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