Dr. Vijay Gorantla is Associate Professor of Surgery, Ophthalmology and Bioengineering at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Dr. Gorantla received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences in India and pursued clinical training at King George Hospital. He completed postgraduate surgical training in Manchester, United Kingdom, followed by post-doctoral fellowships in microsurgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery at the University of Louisville and the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, Kentucky. He holds a Masters and a PhD from the University of Louisville focused on the transplantation immunology of vascularized composite allografts (VCA). Dr. Gorantla has a Master’s in Medical Management (MMM) [Healthcare MBA] from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Management.
Dr. Gorantla played a key role in the Nation’s first hand transplant program at the University of Louisville before joining the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where his efforts were fundamental to the institutional approval, federal funding, and establishment of the Nation’s second upper extremity transplant program. He joined the Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2017.
Dr. Gorantla is the Director of the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Program, Expert Consultant for Military Medicine at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He also serves as the Chief Scientific Consultant in Reconstructive Transplantation - RESTOR Program, USAISR, 59th Medical Wing, USAF.
Dr. Gorantla is founding member and elected board member of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation. He is council member on the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society. He serves as the VCA expert on the OPTN/UNOS Membership and Professional Standards Committee (MPSC) and has also been elected to the Leadership and Innovation Council at the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance.
Dr. Gorantla is a member of the Transplantation Society, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the American Society of Transplantation, the Plastic Surgery Research Council, and the Kleinert Society. His interests include healthcare innovation as focused on e-health, telemedicine, precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, population health, and predictive analytics to improve health related quality of life outcomes.
View a list of Dr. Gorantla’s publications here.