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Piotr Witkowski, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Director, Pancreatic and Islet Transplant Program

Piotr Witkowski, MD, PhD, is a leading expert in islet transplantation. He is also highly skilled in kidney, pancreatic, and liver transplantation, including laparoscopic techniques used to procure organs from living kidney donors. Dr. Witkowski also performs islet autotransplantation for patients who need a pancreatectomy.

A widely published researcher, Dr. Witkowski has an impressive record of success in both basic science and clinical research pertaining to islet cell and abdominal organ transplants. Among other accomplishments, he was instrumental in developing an optimized islet isolation technique that greatly improved success in clinical transplants. Under Dr. Witkowski's leadership, multidisciplinary research teams at the University of Chicago are currently conducting several studies skillfully designed to improve quality and outcomes in islet cell transplantation in patients with type 1 diabetes.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

General Surgery

Medical School

Medical University of Gdansk

Internship and Residency

Medical University of Gdansk, Poland


New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY


American Society of Transplant Surgeons
American Society of Transplantation
Association of Polish Surgeons
International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-6319

Office Fax

(773) 702-2126

Office Postal Address

Piotr Witkowski, MD, PhD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 5026
Chicago, IL 60637

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Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Witkowski's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.

Learn More About Dr. Witkowski

Dr. Witkowski is a key member of the Polish-American Transplant Center, a program run by a Polish-speaking team of experts who coordinate all aspects of transplant care.

Dr. Witkowski is working on a new clinical trial to improve islet transplantation results for patients with type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Witkowski is featured in a story about kidney transplant donor, Michelle Harazak, and her stepfather/recipient, Ron Egger.