By Lojine Kamel
Editor in Cheif
Dr. Fadi G. Lakkis was born on March 1, 1962 in Beirut, Lebanon. His family descends from the village of Deddeh, El Koura, North of Lebanon.
Dr. Fadi Lakkis received his B.S and M.D degrees from the American University of Beirut in 1981 and 1985, respectively. He is currently the Scientific Director of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, and the Frank & Athena Sarris Chair in Transplantation Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Lakkis completed his training in Internal Medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit in 1989 and in Nephrology and Transplantation Immunology at Harvard Medical School in Boston in 1922. He held faculty appointments at Emory University (1992 – 2001) and Yale University (2001 – 2005) before joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.
Dr. Lakkis is internationally renowned for his research in solid organ transplantation. He has published more that 90 original manuscripts, review articles, and book chapters on the mechanisms of graft rejection and transplantation tolerance. He is the editor of the textbook “Immunotherapy in Transplantation: Principles and Practice,” due for publication in 2012, and is Associate Editor of the American Journal of Transplantation.
Dr. Lakkis has received numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, founded by Sir William Osler in 1885. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Young Investigator Award of the American Society of Nephrology (2002) and the Basic Science Established Investigator Award of the American Society of Transplantation (2009). Between 2001 and 2004, Dr. Lakkis served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Transplantation.
Dr. Lakkis and his wife Lisa live in Pittsburgh, USA with their 11 year old son Zachary and their 5 year old daughter Zoe.