Joseph Leventhal MD, PhD

Northwestern University

Joseph Leventhal, MD, PhD is currently Professor of Surgery and Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs within the Comprehensive Transplant Center of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Leventhal received his medical degree from SUNY-Downstate in 1987. He completed his surgical residency and obtained his PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1996. He completed a multiorgan transplant fellowship at Northwestern University in 1998.

Dr. Leventhal’s clinical interests include kidney and pancreas transplantation, as well as vascular access for patients requiring hemodialysis. He initiated the first successful laparoscopic living donor program in the Midwest at Northwestern in 1997. Since 1997, surgeons have performed more than 2000 living donor kidney procurements, making it one of the most active in the country.

Dr. Leventhal’s clinical interests also include novel methods to expand living donor kidney transplantation, such as cross-match and blood-group-incompatible transplants. Dr. Leventhal’s basic science and translational research activities currently focus upon the use of cell based therapies to achieve transplantation tolerance. He has co-authored more than 80 peer review publications. Dr. Leventhal is a member of many national and international professional transplantation and surgical societies.