José Oberholzer, MD, MHCM, FACS, founded CellTrans Inc. and is the President of the company. Dr. Oberholzer is a professor of surgery and biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia and an adjunct professor of surgery and endocrinology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Raised in Switzerland, he earned his medical degree from the University of Zurich Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Geneva, where he later led the Human Islet Transplantation Program. He was a fellow in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and transplantation at the University of Alberta in Canada. He also earned a master’s degree in healthcare management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He 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, as well as vascular access for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis catheter placements. He practices minimal invasive, robotic assisted surgery, including robotic kidney and pancreas transplantation, living donor nephrectomy, adrenalectomy, liver and pancreas surgery and hernia surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Surgical Association, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the American Diabetes Association, and a founding member of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Additionally, he is the founder and coordinator of the Chicago Diabetes Project, an international research collaboration for a functional cure for diabetes. His overall focus is to remove barriers to transplantation and improve access for those in need.