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About the Chair: David Gerber, MD

David Gerber Head ShotDavid Gerber, MD, became the ninth Christian R. Holmes Memorial Chair of Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery on Nov. 1, 2023. Previously, he was the George F. Sheldon Distinguished Professor with Tenure at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Medicine and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at UNC. He also served as chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplantation and the executive medical director of the UNC Healthcare Center for Transplant Care and Jason Ray Transplant Clinics. A retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Gerber is an adjunct professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

A surgeon-scientist, Dr. Gerber specializes in solid organ transplantation and liver cancer, and his research focuses on cell biology and tissue engineering in the field of regenerative medicine and on the relationship of the matrix/environment that supports the growth and differentiation of select stem cell populations into functional tissues. He has served on the board of the United Network for Organ Sharing as Region 11 councilor and as the chief medical officer of Biomed Organ Bank, LLC, a company focused on developing ex vivo organ preservation technologies. Dr. Gerber has received two patents and, in 2008, designed and implemented a course in the UNC School of Medicine on “Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences” as a way of introducing the concepts surrounding biotechnology commercialization. He is a founding member of the UNC Healthcare Innovation Council and since 2012 he has chaired UNC’s Institutional Conflicts of Interest Committee.

The recipient of more than 25 basic science grants, Dr. Gerber has been principal investigator or co-investigator of over 40 industry-sponsored clinical trials focusing on advancing patient outcomes in transplantation and hepatocellular carcinoma. He has published more than 200 publications, abstracts and book chapters in the areas of transplantation, stem cell biology, regenerative medicine and liver cancer. Additionally, he has given more than 100 national and international presentations on health care and biotechnology.

Dr. Gerber is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and diplomate in the American Board of Surgery. He has been elected for membership in the American Surgical Association, the Southern Surgical Association and the Halsted Society and is an active member in the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, The Transplantation Society, Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association and International Hepato-Pancreato Biliary Association. In 2010, he was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Advisory Committee on Transplantation. In 2019 he was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve as a member of the License to Give Trust Fund Commission. He also served on the Board of Directors for HonorBridge, the organ procurement organization in central and eastern North Carolina.

In 2013, Dr. Gerber received the Clinical and Academic Grand Master Special Experience Identifier Award from the Office of the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force. In 2020, the Secretary of Defense authorized the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the military's highest joint service decoration and the highest non-combat award, be awarded to Dr. Gerber.

Dr. Gerber received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and then completed general surgery training and a postdoctoral fellowship in transplantation immunology at Emory University. He was a clinical transplant fellow at the Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before joining the UNC faculty in 1998.

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