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Sandip Kapur, MD
Sandip Kapur, <span>MD</span>

Sandip Kapur, MD

Transplant Surgery
Surgery (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Office Phone: (212) 746-5330
One of America's Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Dr. Kapur is Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and  Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In February 2010, Dr. Kapur was named the G. Tom Shires, M.D. Faculty Scholar in Surgery in recognition of his outstanding commitment to clinical surgery, research, and education.

Dr. Kapur earned his Medical Degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in 1990. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and was a research fellow in Transplant Immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College and The Rogosin Institute from 1993 to 1994. Dr. Kapur went on to complete a fellowship in Multi-Organ Transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, where he gained expertise in both adult and pediatric transplantation. He joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College in 1998 as an Assistant Professor of Surgery, and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center.

An internationally renowned, board-certified transplant surgeon, Dr. Kapur heads the oldest kidney transplant program in New York State, and one of the highest volume programs in the country. He is a nationally recognized pioneer in developing innovative strategies that allow for successful transplantation in situations where transplants might be contraindicated at most other centers. These include crossmatch and blood type (ABO) incompatible programs, donor exchange for live kidney donation, and facilitating transplantation in older individuals. In February of 2008, Dr. Kapur led the Weill Cornell team that performed one of the nation's first living-donor kidney transplant surgery chains. These chains have the potential to revolutionize the organ transplant process in the United States and dramatically improve the opportunity for patients in need of kidney transplants to find a compatible donor.

Dr. Kapur heads one of the leading pediatric kidney transplant programs in New York, offering care for complex pediatric cases as well as innovative immune therapy, particularly the steroid-sparing regimen utilized in the majority of our pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Dr. Kapur works collaboratively with the pediatric nephrologists and other team members within the Center for Pediatric Transplant and Advanced Kidney and Urologic Diseases at the NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health. Using a collaborative team approach, the Center is able to provide continuity of care to pediatric patients and their families throughout the length of the child's illness and treatment, pre- and post- surgery.

The innovative strategies described above are offered by just a handful of transplant centers in the United States. Our skilled transplant team offers progressive therapeutic options not generally available through other transplantation programs, with lower rejection rates and higher graft survival rates compared to national standards.

Dr. Kapur has earned many awards over his career. He has been selected by Castle Connolly as one of "America's Top Doctors" and a "Top Doctor" in the New York Metro Area, and is also a "Patient's Choice Physician" and is named on New York Magazine's "Best Doctors List". Dr. Kapur also received the 2009 Spirit Award from the New York Mets for his work and commitment to organ donation and transplantation.

Dr. Kapur is a member of many professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society for University Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, The American Society of Transplantation, The Transplantation Society, and the New York Surgical Society. He has published over 65 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and plays a strong leadership role in surgical education, having served as Director for the Clinical Clerkship in Surgery for the Medical School. He is a Preceptor for medical student surgical clerkships and serves as a Faculty Mentor for surgical house staff. Dr. Kapur also serves as the Surgical Director of the Weill Cornell Physicians Assistant Program.

Dr. Kapur discusses living donor kidney transplantation in the video below:

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1990 Weill Cornell Medical College

Internship: 1991 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Residency: 1995 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Fellowship: 1998 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


Tatapudi RR,Muthukumar T,Dadhania D,Ding R,Li B,Sharma VK,Lozada-Pastorio E,Seetharamu N,Hartono C,Serur D,Seshan SV,Kapur S,Hancock WW,and Suthanthiran M. Noninvasive detection of renal allograft inflammation by measurements of mRNA for IP-10 and CXCR3 in urine.Kidney Int.,in press,2004.

Muthukumar T,Ding R,Dadhania D,Medeiros M,Li B,Sharma VK,Hartono C,Serur D,Seshan SV,Volk HD,Reinke P,Kapur S,Suthanthiran M.Serine proteinase inhibitor-9,an endogenous blocker of granzyme B/perforin lytic pathway,is hyperexpressed during acute rejection of renal allografts.Transplantation.2003 May 15;75(9):1565-70.

Dadhania D,Muthukumar T,Ding R,Li B,Hartono C,Serur D,Seshan SV,Sharma VK,Kapur S,Suthanthiran M.Molecular signatures of urinary cells distinguish acute rejection of renal allografts from urinary tract infection.Transplantation.2003 May 27;75(10):1752-4.

Ding R,Li B,Muthukumar T,Dadhania D,Medeiros M,Hartono C,Serur D,Seshan SV,Sharma VK,Kapur S,Suthanthiran M. CD103 mRNA levels in urinary cells predict acute rejection of renal allografts. Transplantation 2003 April 27;75(8) 1307-12.

Kinkhabwala MM,Guarrera JV,Leno R,Brown RS,Prowda J,Kapur S,Emond JC.Outflow reconstruction in right hepatic live donor liver transplantation. Surgery 2003 Mar;133 (3):243-50.

Goldstein MJ,Salame E,Kapur S,Kinkhabwala M,LaPointe-Rudow D,Harren NPP,Lobritto SJ,Russo M,Brown RS,Cataldegirmen G,Weinberg A,Renz JF,Emond JC. Analysis of failure in living donor liver transplantation: differential outcome in children and adults. World J Surg.2003 Mar;27 (3):356-64.

Thomas D,Yang H,Boffa DJ,Ding R,Sharma VK,Lagman M,Li B,Hering B,Mohanakumar T,Lakey J,Kapur S,Hancock WW,Suthanthiran M. Proapoptotic Bax is hyperexpressed in isolated human islets compared with antiapoptotic Bcl-2. Transplantation 2002 Dec 15; 74 (11):1489-96.

Yang H,Thomas D,Boffa DJ,Ding R,Li B,Muthukumar T,Sharma VK,Lagman M,Luo GX,Kapur S,Liou HC,Hancock WW,Suthanthiran M. Enforced c-REL deficiency prolongs survival of islet allografts 1. Transplantation 2002 Aug 15; 74 (3):291-8.

Salame E,Goldstein MJ,Kinkhabwala M,Kapur S,Finn R,Lobritto S,Brown R Jr,Emond JC.Analysis of donor risk in living-donor hepatectomy: the impact of resection type on clinical outcome. Am J Transplant 2002 Sep;2(8):780-8.

Kumar KS,Lefkowitch J,Russo MW,Hesdorffer C,Kinhabwala M,Kapur S,Emond JC,Brown RS Jr. Successful sequential liver and stem cell transplantation for hepatic failure due to primary AL amyloidosis. Gastroenterology 2002 Jun;122 (7):2026-31.

Blumenfeld JD,Catanzaro DF,Kinhabwala M,Cheigh J,Hartono C,Serur D,Kapur S,Stubenbord WT,Haschemeyer R,Riggio R. Renin system activation and delayed function of the renal transplant. Am J Hypertens.2001 Dec;14 (12):1270.

Inadomi JM,Kapur S,Kinkhabwala M,Cello JP. The laparoscopic evaluation of ascites. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am.2001 Jan;11(1):79-91.

Polyak MR,Arrington B,Stubenbord WT,Kapur S,and Kinkhabwala M. The influence of pulsatile preservation on renal transplantation in the 1990ss.Transplantation 69:249-258,2000.

MMR Polyak,B.Arrington,S Kapur,WT Stubenbord,and M.Kinkhabwala.Donor Treatment With Phentolamine Mesylate Improves Perfusion Characteristics And Early Renal Allograft Function. Transplantation 69:184-86,2000.

MMR Polyak,B.Arrington,F.Gage,S.Kapur,WT Stubenbord,and M.Kinkhabwala. Supplemental Reduced Glutathione During Cold Ischemia Does Not Improve Early Renal Allograft Function. Transplantation Proc.32: 32-4,2000.

MMR Polyak,B.Arrington,F.Gage,S.Kapur,WT Stubenbord,and M.Kinkhabwala. Supplemental Reduced Glutathione Does Not Improve Early Renal Allograft Function.Transplant Proceedings 32:32,2000.

Maximilian M.R.Polyak,Ben Arrington,Sandip Kapur,William T.Stubenbord,and Milan Kinkhabwala. Glutathione Supplementation During Cold Ischemia Does Not Confer Early Functional Advantage in Renal Transplantation. Transplantation 70 (1):202,2000.

Maximilian M.R.Polyak,Ben Arrington,Sandip Kapur,William T.Stubenbord,and Milan Kinkhabwala. Donor Treatment with Phentolamine Mesylate Improves Perfusion Characteristics and Early Renal Allograft Function. Transplantation 1999.69:184,2000

Maximilian M,R.Polyak,M.Phil,Ben Arrington,B.S.,Sandip Kapur,M.D.,William T.Stubenbord,M.D.,and Milan Kinkhabwala,M.D.Prostaglandin E1 Influences Pulsatile Preservation Characteristics and Early Graft Function in Expanded Criteria Donor Kidneys.Journal of Surgical Research 1999; 85 (1): 17-25.

Maximilian M.R.Polyak,Ben Arrington,Sandip Kapur,William T.Stubenbord,and Milan Kinkhabwala,M.D. Calcium ION Concentration of Machine Perfusate Predicts Early Graft Function In Expanded Criteria Donor Kidneys.Transplant International 1999; 12(5):378-82

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Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College

Outstanding House Staff Officer Award, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, 1996 American Society of Transplant Physicians President's Young Investigator Award, 1994 The Clarence C. Coryell Prize in Surgery, Cornell University Medical College Papanicolaou Fellow in Anatomy, Cornell University Medical College NIH Student Research Fellowship, Cornell University Medical College Arthritis Foundation Student Research Fellowship, Columbia University