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Sanjay Kulkarni

Professor of Surgery (Transplant); Physician Executive Director, Clinical Continuity & Integration, Yale-New Haven Hospital; Interim Division Chief, Transplant & Immunology Surgery; Service Line Director (Interim), Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center; Surgical Director of Kidney Transplantation, Yale-New Haven Hospital ; Medical Director, New England Donor Services

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Sanjay Kulkarni, MD, MHCM, FACS

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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 one of the largest programs in New England since 2008, in terms of new patients listed, the 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 the 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 of 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.

Appointed to the role of Physician Executive Director, Clinical Continuity & Integration for Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Kulkarni aims to improve the patient experience by identifying areas of fractured care within the health system and implementing novel interventions to improve care coordination within the domain networks.

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

UNOSEthics Committee2020 - Present
American Journal of TransplantationAssociate Editor2019 - Present
AASLDAASLD, Liver & Intestive Committee2013 - 2015
UNOSRegion representative, UNOS Living Donor Committee 2013 - 2015

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