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Pancreas Transplant Team

The Upstate Transplant Program is staffed by some of the most experienced pancreas transplant surgeons and physicians in the country. The program has made transplantation for diabetic patients, and specifically pancreas and islet transplantation, a cornerstone of its overall activities and is focused on bringing this life-saving therapy to our patients.

Our dedicated transplant team is committed to guiding you safely through the transplant process. Our goal is to make you insulin-free and non-diabetic. We will take the time to explain to you and your family the various options available for your pancreas transplant.

Our Team

Brian J Gallay, MD, PhD
Brian J Gallay, MD, PhD
315 464-5290

Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: Oregon State University, 1999, Clinical Transplantation Medicine
  • Fellowship: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998, Research Nephrology
  • Fellowship: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997, Immunology
  • Fellowship: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997, Nephrology
  • Residency: University of California at San Diego, 1993, General Internal Medicine
  • Internship: University of California at San Diego, 1991, General Internal Medicine
  • MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1990
  • PhD: Columbia University, 1990, Genetics


Internal Medicine; Nephrology

Matthew J Hanlon, MD
Matthew J Hanlon, MD
315 464-7329

Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: Medstar-Georgetown Medical Center, 2020, Transplant & Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery
  • Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, 2018, General Surgery
  • MD: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, 2013
  • BA: Boston College, 2005, Biology



Rauf Shahbazov, MD, PhD
Rauf Shahbazov, MD, PhD
315 464-5413

Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: University of Virginia Medical Center, 2017, Transplant Surgery


Transplant; Acute Pancreatitis; Bile Duct Cancer; Bile Duct Injuries; Bile Duct Stricture; Chronic Pancreatitis; more

Research Interests

  • Transplant immunology, clinical outcome studies in abdominal solid organ transplantation, islet cell transplantation research

Education Interests

  • Application of minimal invasive techniques in transplant and hepatobiliary surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Kidney, pancreas, islet and liver tranplant surgery

    Hepato pancreato biliary sugery

    Total pancreatectomy and auto islet transplantation


  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS)
  • International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA)
  • Clinical Robotic Surgery Association
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh (RCS ED)
  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • European Liver and Intestinal Transplantation Association (ELITA)
  • European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT)
  • Middle East Society of Organ Transplantation (MESOT)
  • American Medical Association