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Ron Shapiro, MD

Job Title Surgical Director, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Job Title Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Job Title Robert J. Corry Chair in Transplantation Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-647-5730 Phone
412-647-5736 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1980 Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA


1986 Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY


1983 Research Fellow, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
1988 Fellow in Transplantation, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons     
  • The Transplantation Society      
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellowship    
  • Cell Transplant Society       
  • Association for Academic Surgery     
  • American Society of Transplant Physicians    
  • Central Surgical Association      
  • International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association   
  • The Society of University Surgeons     
  • International Pediatric Transplant Association    
  • American Surgical Association

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • National Board of Medicine Examiners, Diplomate
  • DEA


  • Election to Phi Beta Kappa      
  • Departmental Honors       
  • Gift of Life Award, National Kidney Foundation of Western Pennsylvania 
  • TRIO’s Golden Anniversary of Kidney Transplants Honoring
    Barbara J. Carpenter, M.D. and Ron Shapiro, M.D.   
  • Sandipani Rishi Gnyaanpeeth Sanmaan for Distinguished Teachers


  • Kayler LK, Batal I., Mohanka R, C. Morgan, Basu A, Shapiro R, Randhawa PS.  Antirejection Treatment in Kidney Transplant Patients with BK Virus. Transpl 2008. Sept 27;86(6):797-804.
  • Kayler LK, Monhanka R, Basu A, Shapiro R, Randhawa PS.  Correlation of histologic finding on preimplant biopsy with kidney graft survival.  Transplant International.  21(9):892-8, 2008 Sep.
  • Randhawa P, Bohl D, Brennan D, Ruppert K, Ramaswami B, Storch G, March J, Shapiro R, Viscidi R.  Longitudinal analysis of levels of immunoglobulins against BK virus capsid proteins in kidney transplant recipients.  Clinical & Vaccine Immunology: CVI.  15(10):1564-71, 2008 Oct.

    View Dr. Shapiro's full list of publications from PubMed.

Research Interests

The focus of my research has been generally within the fields of clinical renal and pancreatic transplantation, and more specifically, with the development and optimization of immunosuppressive protocols.  We have conducted a number of randomized clinical trials to demonstrate the efficacy of tacrolimus-based immunosuppression, and have helped develop the agent for use in clinical renal and pancreatic transplantation.  More recently, we have focused on strategies to minimize immunosuppression after transplantation.

Additional interests include analysis of adverse events related to immunosuppression, including post-transplant diabetes mellitus and viral infections, including cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, and BK virus.  Finally, a significant part of my academic interest has involved the publication of comprehensive textbooks, including an Atlas of Organ Transplantation, a textbook on Renal Transplantation, and a textbook on Pancreatic Transplantation.

Active Research Projects / Grants

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