21995-Ekser, Burcin

Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Surgery

UH 4601
Indianapolis, IN


Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine where he completed his clinical fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery. He is an active multi-organ transplant surgeon with a main focus on adult and pediatric liver and intestine/multivisceral transplantation. Dr. Ekser serves as the Director of Transplant Research and Director of Transplant Immunology and Xenotransplantation Research Laboratories at Indiana University. Along with his busy clinical service, he directs an active extramurally funded research laboratory which is involved in genetic engineering, xenoimmunology, coagulation dysregulation, identification of new xeno-antigens, tissue engineering, 3D-organ bioprints and 3D-organ models (organoids), with a focus on 3D liver and kidney (normal and disease) models. He is an active member of many societies including, TTS, IXA, AST, ASTS, ESOT, ILTS, AASLD, and ISLS. Dr. Ekser has served as the Chair of Basic and Translational Science Committee of the ILTS. He currently serves as a co-chair of the ISLS Deceased Donor Liver Transplantation-Basic Science Study Group, and as a council member of the IXA, representing North America. He is also a member of the Vanguard Committee as well as Surgeon-Scientists Task Force Initiative of the ASTS. Dr. Ekser is also involved in program development and scientific program committees for TTS, IXA, ILTS, ATC, and ASTS Winter Symposium.

He has published more than180 peer-reviewed scientific articles mainly in high-impact journals, and holds several patents in 3D-bioprinting, 3D organoids and xenoantigen discovery.

Dr. Ekser is the recipient of the 2022 Rising Star in Transplantation Surgery Award by the ASTS and was previously the recipient of ASTS Vanguard Prize and ASTS Faculty Development Grant. He also won several young investigator and rising star awards from many different societies, including the ASTS, AST, ATC, ILTS, IXA, TTS.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Director, Transplant Research
  • Director, Transplant Immunology and Xenotransplantation Research Laboratory
  • Education
    2014 FEL Indiana University School of Medicine
    2014 PhD University of Catania
    2010 RES University of Padua
    2009 FEL University of Pittsburgh
    2004 FEL University of Padua
    2002 MD University of Padua
    2001 MD Istanbul University
  • Research

    As director of IU School of Medicine's Director of Transplant Research and Xenotransplantation Research Laboratory, Dr. Ekser's research interests include transplant immunology, liver pathobiology, xenotransplantation research, genetic engineering, and scaffold-free 3D bioprinting of organs and organ models.

    Research Publications can be seen at PubMed.

  • Professional Organizations
    American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
    American Medical Association (AMA)
    American Society of Transplant Surgeons
    American Society of Transplantation
    Association of Italian Surgeons in North America
    European Society for Organ Transplantation
    International Liver Transplantation Society
    International Xenotransplantation Association
    Italian Society for Organ Transplantation
    The Transplantation Society
  • Clinical Interests

    Dr. Ekser is a transplant surgeon at Indiana University Health specializing in liver and intestinal transplantation.

  • Awards
    Org: International Liver Transplantation Society
    Desc: Young Investigator Award
    Scope: International
    Org: International Liver Transplantation Society
    Desc: Rising Star Award
    Scope: International
    Org: American Transplant Congress (AST & ASTS)
    Desc: Young Investigator Award
    Scope: National
    Org: American Transplant Congress (AST & ASTS)
    Desc: Poster of Distinction (x2)
    Scope: National
    Org: Italian Transplant Society
    Desc: Best Scientific Manuscript

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