Samuel Liburd Jr.

Transplant is a new medical discipline, but has seen transformative success in its ability to save lives. Access to this incredible gift is limited, not only by the number of donors available but also through the discarding of donated organs due to poorly understood donor and clinical criteria. Within minority communities, this travesty is further compounded by misinformation about organ donation and gatekeeping behind outdated and inconsistent biologic metrics. Samuel’s work focuses on providing new life to human organs that have been declined for transplant, not only to identify mechanisms of pathophysiology or avenues for treatment but also to discover more reliable metrics for organ survival. He seeks to validate the idea that these organs, although declined for transplant, can still save lives.

Samuel grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with people from many diverse backgrounds and beliefs. He recognizes that without guidance, science has a high attrition rate, especially for minorities. As an M.D./Ph.D. trainee at Yale, he uses this identity to give back to the community through mentoring in both research and medicine.


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