Prof José Oberholzer, is a researcher and surgeon and the director of the Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center in University of Virginia. Dr. Oberholzer has performed over 1,000 transplant-related surgeries and is an expert in liver, kidney, pancreas and small bowel transplants, as well as organ transplants in patients with diabetes. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Oberholzer specializes in islet transplantation and parathyroid transplantation. Additionally, he practices minimal invasive, robotic assisted surgery.
A career innovator, Dr. Oberholzer pioneered the use of robotic-assisted surgery. He holds three patents, helped found two start-up companies, and is the founder and coordinator of the Chicago Diabetes Project, an international research collaboration for a functional cure for diabetes.
He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the American Diabetes Association. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. An active runner, Dr. Oberholzer has completed over 25 marathons to raise money for diabetes research.
Dr. Oberholzer speaks four languages: English, Spanish, German and French.