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Sanjay Kulkarni

Associate Professor of Surgery (Transplant) and of Medicine (Nephrology); Medical Director, Center for Living Organ Donors; Scientific Director, Yale Transplant Research Unit; Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program; UNOS Primary Living Donor Surgeon

Contact Information

Sanjay Kulkarni, MD, FACS, MHCM

Patient Care Locations

Mailing Address

  • Transplant & Immunology

    PO Box 208062

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8062

    United States



Dr. Kulkarni is a multi-organ transplant surgeon and the Director of the Kidney Transplant program at Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital. The clinical program has been the one of the largest programs in New England since 2008, in terms of new patients listed, number of living donor transplants and the total number of kidney transplants performed. Clinical highlights of the program include an accelerated work-up and listing process (AJKD 2012;60(2):288, Healthgrades Award for overall program performance 2010, and implementation of a total laparoscopic kidney donation procedure. Watch a video with Dr. Sanjay Kulkarni >>

Dr. Kulkarni is medical director of the newly established, Center for Living Organ Donors, which is founded on the free life-long welfare and clinical monitoring of living donors that have donated at Yale. This unique program provides donor-centered outreach throughout CT and engages donors longterm to assure health. It also serves as a platform to donor community development and longterm engagement with our donors to foster the sharing of health through living donation.

As the scientific director of the Yale Transplant Research Unit, Dr. Kulkarni has expanded clinical research with an emphasis on cross-departmental collaboration, with the overall goal of expanding investigator-initiated, industry-sponsored studies. The program currently has 11 different principal investigators and 24 different clinical research trials and projects. Every year, the research unit funds pilot research grants to support research at Yale for the development of new therapeutic targets applicable to transplant patients.

Dr. Kulkarni is principal investigator on numerous clinical research trials and projects. His research has focused on the use of anti-complement therapies to improve kidney graft survival and novel approaches to improving living donor outcomes through surgical innovations, including low-pressure laparoscopy. Ongoing research initiatives include the ethics and implementation on patient-centered care in the care of living donors through shared-decision making, identifying reasons why individuals opt-out of donation and fostering the development of local donor communities using a social capital framework.

Education & Training

  • MHCM
    Harvard University, School of Public Health (2018)
  • Global Clinical Scholars Training Program (GCSRT)
    Harvard Medical School (2015)
  • Fellow
    University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL (2004)
  • Fellow
    University Hospital Essen, Germany (2004)
  • Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP)
    University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine (2004)
  • Chief Resident
    University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL (2002)
  • Resident
    University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL (2001)
  • Research Fellow
    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1999)
  • MD
    Medical College Wisconsin (1995)
  • BS
    University of Wisconsin (1990)
  • Research Fellow
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (1990)

Professional Service

AASLDAASLD, Liver & Intestive Committee2013 - 2015
UNOSRegion representative, UNOS Living Donor Committee 2013 - 2015

Departments & Organizations