Dr. Vijay Gorantla is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and the Administrative Medical Director of the Pittsburgh Reconstructive Transplant Program at UPMC.
Dr. Gorantla received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences in India and pursued clinical training at King George Hospital. He also completed postgraduate surgical training in Manchester, United Kingdom, followed by a microsurgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery research fellowship at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He also earned an MS and a PhD from the University of Louisville with a dissertation focused on the transplantation immunology of vascularized composite allografts (VCA). He pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery and played a key role in the Nationís first hand transplant program at the University of Louisville before coming to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). At UPMC, his efforts were fundamental to the institutional approval, federal funding and establishment of the Nationís second upper extremity transplant program. In 2008, at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) he helped gain approval for the Nationís first Upper Extremity Transplant Program at a Transplant VA Center. He was appointed as Director of the VAPHS Program in 2010. He is also currently consultant for Reconstructive Transplantation at the San Antonio Military Medical Center and the Lackland Air Force Base.
Dr. Gorantlaís specific training and background involves reconstructive transplantation (limb, face, and other structures) after civilian or combat trauma. His academic interests include but are not limited to translational and clinical aspects of immunomodulation (stem cell therapies, immunobiologics), neuroregeneration (neurobiologics) and targeted therapeutic, monitoring or diagnostic strategies in VCA (local immunosuppression, gene therapy, immunosurveillance, non-invasive molecular/multimodality imaging of rejection, ex vivo preservation techniques, immunocloaking and immunoevasion in donor grafts).
Dr. Gorantla is the Principal Investigator at the University of Pittsburgh on two DOD-funded trials awarded to the University of Pittsburgh supporting translational and clinical studies in upper extremity transplantation. Recently, he was awarded a $1.2 M clinical trial award from the DOD to study the use of Videoenabled High Resolution Ultrasound for non-invasive monitoring of chronic graft vasculopathy and nerve generation in upper extremity transplantation. As an established DOD-funded investigator, over the last decade, Dr. Gorantla has also been actively engaged in convergent technologies in the restoration or rehabilitation of disabilities secondary to complex limb loss, traumatic brain injury, or vision loss. These involve disruptive or transformative strategies incorporating regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, nanotechnology, computational biology, predictive analytics, or other multi- or cross-disciplinary integration to address the critical needs of service men and women as well as civilians with traumatic injuries.
Dr. Gorantla is founding member of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation. He is a member of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the American Society of Transplantation, the Transplantation Society, the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society, the Plastic Surgery Research Council, and the Kleinert Society. Dr. Gorantla recently obtained a Masterís in Medical Management (MMM) [Healthcare MBA] from the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School of Management. His interests include healthcare innovation as focused on personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, population health, and predictive analytics to improve the quality of care.
View a list of Dr. Gorantlaís publications here.
Vijay S. Gorantla, MD, PhD
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