The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) has elected Michigan Medicine’s John C. Magee, M.D., as chair of its board of directors. Magee joined the board in 2012 where he served as secretary for two years, then vice chair until being elected chair at a meeting on June 20. He replaces Jin-Kyu Koh, who served as chair for the past two years.
“We’re looking forward to having John serve as our board chair. In addition to being a renowned transplant surgeon, he is a longtime, dedicated supporter of the foundation. His skills and experience will add a wonderful dimension to this volunteer leadership role,” said NKFM President and CEO Linda Smith-Wheelock.
Magee is the Jeremiah and Claire Turcotte Professor and Head of the Section of Transplantation in the U-M Department of Surgery as well as a professor of internal medicine and pediatrics. He serves as the director of the U-M Transplant Center and as the surgical director for Pediatric Abdominal Transplantation. He performs kidney, pancreas and liver transplants.
Magee received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his general surgery residency at U-M in 1996. During his residency, Magee spent three years as an immunobiology research fellow in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He also completed the Post-Doctoral Cellular and Molecular Biology Research Training Program at U-M. After completing a two-year multi-organ transplant surgery fellowship at U-M, he joined the faculty in 1998.
His primary research interests include improving the care of adults and children with end-stage organ disease, focusing on the role of transplantation, organ donation and organ allocation. He has an extensive record of leading multidisciplinary and multi-institutional teams in clinical and translational research funded by industry, foundations and the National Institutes of Health. Magee has also received funding for the development and refinement of transplant policy and oversight in the U.S. He has held several leadership positions at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.