Ibrahim joins as transplant nephrology leader

By Darla Brown, Office of Communications

Dr. Hassan Ibrahim - transplant nephrology head
Hassan Ibrahim, MD, MS

Richard Andrassy, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery, has announced Hassan Ibrahim, MD, MS as the new leader of transplant nephrology.

A recognized national and international leader in kidney transplantation research and clinical service, Ibrahim recently joined McGovern Medical School as a professor of surgery from Houston Methodist Hospital. There he was the Charles and Anne Duncan Centennial Chair in Nephrology, director of the living donor kidney transplant program, director of the transplant nephrology fellowship, and associate chairman of Academic Affairs. Prior to that, he was a professor of medicine and the chief of nephrology and transplantation at the University of Minnesota, where he trained and also obtained a master’s degree in clinical research from the School of Public Health.

“The addition of Dr. Ibrahim to our transplant program will foremost benefit our patients and enhance our research and training missions,” said Andrassy, Mayfield Distinguished University Chair, Cooley Chair, H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences, and executive dean, ad interim.

Ibrahim’s research interests include mechanisms of kidney disease progression, kidney transplantation, and outcomes of kidney donors. His decades-long focus has helped kidney donors and clinicians determine long-term risks. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and invited reviews. He has lectured on kidney transplantation and donation at numerous academic institutions and conferences worldwide.

He has served and continues to serve on study sections for the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control, the National Kidney Foundation, and the American Society of Nephrology.

Dedicated to training the next generation of kidney transplant specialists, Ibrahim has mentored numerous students, residents, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. He has been recognized for his love for teaching and was named Faculty Teacher of the Year in both institutions where he worked.

Ibrahim and his team will be focusing on expanding the transplant program, allowing easier access and enhanced experience to those in need of a life-saving transplant. “The team members will reach out to the community, providers and legislators to make sure all Texans can benefit from a world-class encounter with our system,” Ibrahim said. “The overarching mission is to provide timely treatment, improve quality of life, and build an academic transplant program that is very productive and nationally visible.”