Advisor and Co-Founder

Dr. Sachs received his A.B. in Chemistry, Summa cum Laude, from Harvard College in 1963, a D.E.S. from the University of Paris in 1964, and his M.D., Magna cum Laude, from Harvard Medical School in 1968.  He was a surgical resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston from 1968 to 1970.  Subsequently, as an officer in the Public Health Service at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, he directed a program in transplantation research as Chief of the Immunology Branch, NCI.  In 1991, he returned to the MGH as Director of the Transplantation Biology Research Center and the Paul S. Russell Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  In July 2015, he became Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center’s Center for Translational Immunology (CCTI).  Dr. Sachs’ honors include the AST Distinguished Achievement Award (2005), the Martin Prize for Excellence in Clinical Research (2009), the Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology (2011) and the Medawar Prize (2014).  Throughout his career, Dr. Sachs has worked at the interface between basic science and clinical applications in the field of transplantation.  He has been an editor of several journals in his field, including Transplantation and Xenotransplantation, of which he was Founding Editor.  He has published over 700 research articles and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.