Zain I Khalpey, MD, PhD, MRCS(Eng)


Academic Title
Surgical Director, Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program
Director, Ex Vivo Lung Program
Director, Clinical and Translational Research
Director, CAPTURED (Cardiopulmonary Stem Cell Biobank)
Associate Professor, Surgery


Medical School
King’s College of London, University of London
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
The Harley Street Clinic
Addenbrooks Hospital NHS Trust, Cambridge University
St. Mary’s Hospital
Royal Brompton Hospital NHS Trust
Mechanical Circulatory Support, Columbia University
Clinical Superfellowship
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School,
Clinical Fellowship
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Fellowship
Cardiac Surgery ICU
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Research Fellowship
Transplant Biology
Mayo Clinic
Research Fellowship
Transplant Biology

2010 Hunterian Medal for Surgery, Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain, Royal College of Surgeons, London, England

2005 Hunterian Professor of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons. London, England

2004 British Cardiac Society Fellowship: John Parker Award

2003 UNESCO- Molecular and Cell Biology International Fellowship, United Nations

2003 International Fujisawa Fellowship, Fujisawa, Europe

2003 Boeringher Ingelheim Fonds International Fellowship, Boeringher Ingelheim Fonds, Germany

2003 The International Lancet Award, The Lancet, UK

2003 International Xenotransplantation Fellowship, Glasgow, UK

2003 Young Inves Award: European Society for the study of purine & pyrimidine metabolism in man, Europe

2003 Mayo Clinic Scholarship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

2003 Winston Churchill Fellowship, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, UK

2003 International Fujisawa Transplantation Fellowship, Fujisawa, Europe

1998 Solly Medal & Prize in Surgery, Charles Foster Merit Prize in Cardiology, Irvine Prize for Geriatric Medicine, Univ London, UKLanguages Spoken


Adult and Pediatric Heart Transplant

Mechanical Circulatory Support (Ventricular-Assist Devices and Total Artificial Heart)

Ex-vivo Lung Perfusion Minimally Invasive

Treatments for Valve Disease

Arrhythmia Surgery (Minimally invasive robotic surgical ablation and left atrial appendage management for AF, Cox MAZE IV)

Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery

Source:  American Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Khalpey focuses his research on making more organs available to patients who need a transplant. Every day, 18 people on organ transplant lists die, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In Arizona, patients have to wait two to three years for a lung transplant, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This waiting period is emotionally and financially draining for patients.

Dr. Khalpey is trying to shrink the wait time by taking damaged organs and refurbishing them so they end up in a needy patient’s body. Other organs too damaged to be refurbished are stripped of their cells and used to grow new organs with the patient’s stem cells.

In the future, donor organs may not be needed as Dr. Khalpey is working on hybrid organs that are 3-D printed and then seeded with the patient’s stem cells. – from the copamonitor.com