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Hidetaka Hara, MD, PhD



200 Lothrop Street, Biomedical Science Tower E1555
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: (412) 624-6699

Research Assistant Professor of Surgery

MD, Kawasaki Medical School, Okayama, Japan; PhD, Department of Surgery, Hiroshima University, Japan

Research Area(s):

Pig-to-primate xenotransplantation

Dr. Hara joined the research group of Dr. David K.C. Cooper at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004.  He is responsible for carrying out many of the surgical procedures in large animals models including pig-to-baboon heart, kidney, liver and islet transplantation, and pig-to-pig spleen, kidney, heart and islet transplantation.  He has extensive experience in performing research relating to the in vitro work that is carried out in the laboratory focusing mainly on the human-to-pig immune response(s).  He has recently become interested in corneal xenotransplantation.  Dr. Hara has contributed to illuminating how genetic modifications in pigs can protect their organs from the human immune responses.