Stuart J. Knechtle Oral History Interview, 2020

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Summary

Creator:
Duke University. Medical Center. Department of Surgery.
Abstract:
Dr. Stuart J. Knechtle, MD, is Professor of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Duke Transplant Center. This collection contains 1 oral history interview conducted on February 18, 2020 by Taylor Patterson as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project. In the interview, Knechtle discusses his educational background, how he decided to become a transplant surgeon, how he selected Duke for his residency, his experience as a surgical resident at Duke under Sabiston, how Sabiston influenced and helped to shape his career in medicine, and his memories of Sabiston.
Extent:
1 Interview (1 transcript) and 12.6 MB
Collection ID:
OH.KNECHTLES

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Scope and content:

Includes 1 oral history interview with Dr. Stuart J. Knechtle conducted on February 18, 2020 by Taylor Patterson as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project.

In the February 18, 2020 interview, Knechtle discusses his educational background, how he decided to become a transplant surgeon, how he selected Duke for his residency, his experience as a surgical resident at Duke under Sabiston, how Sabiston influenced and helped to shape his career in medicine, and his memories of Sabiston.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Stuart Johnston Knechtle, MD, graduated from Princeton University with a BA in biochemistry. He received his MD from Weill-Cornell College of Medicine in New York City (1982). He trained in general surgery and did his residency at Duke University School of Medicine (1982-1989) and completed a transplant fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989-1991).

After Knechtle's fellowship, he lived in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, where he started the living donor liver transplant program at the University of Wisconsin, performed the first combined liver/pancreas transplant in the state, and was named the first Ray D. Owen Professor of Transplantation, establishing a highly productive research laboratory in transplant immunology. He then became the Director of Transplantation at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Chief of the Division of Transplantation in the Department of Surgery at Emory University. In 2015, Knechtle came back to Duke University Medical Center where he is Professor of Surgery and Executive Director of the Duke Transplant Center. He is engaged in liver surgery and transplantation. His research group has been involved in translational and clinical research to develop mechanistic tools for the benefit of human organ transplant recipients.
The National Institute of Health has continuously funded his transplant research since 1992. Knechtle has published over 250 scientific papers, over 50 book chapters, and edited three medical textbooks. He served as editor-in-chief of "Transplantation Reviews", as well as serving on other editorial boards.

Knechtle is married to Mary Banks Knechtle, a pediatric nurse and parish nurse. She published the book "Glory in the Mourning" about their family story of loss and restoration. Knechtle's hobbies include gardening, cycling, tennis, cross-country skiing, rowing, and playing the piano.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2020.047 (transferred by Mary-Russell Roberson, July 2020)
Processing information:

Processed by Lucy Waldrop: September 2020

Arrangement:
Organized into the following series: Interview, February 18, 2020.
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Personal Name(s):
Knechtle, Stuart J.
Sabiston, David C., 1924-2009
Corporate Name(s):
Duke University. Medical Center
Duke University. Medical Center. Department of Surgery
Topical Term(s):
Faculty.
Surgeons.
Internship and Residency.

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[Identification of item], Stuart J. Knechtle Oral History Interview, Duke University Medical Center Archives.