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Rolf N. Barth

Rolf N. Barth M.D.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Surgery
Location: 29 S. Greene Street, Suite 200
Phone: (410) 328-5408
Fax: (410) 328-6343

Personal History:

Rolf Barth is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine specializing in kidney, pancreas, and liver transplantation. Dr. Barth received his medical degree and surgical training at Duke University and continued specialty training in transplant surgery at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Barth also performed post-doctoral training in transplant immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Research Interests:

Dr. Barth, along with Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez in plastic and reconstructive surgery and Dr. Stephen Bartlett, have an active lab investigating transplant tolerance and pre-clinical models of composite facial and limb transplantation towards the clinical goal of reconstructive transplantation.

Clinical Speciality:

Dr. Barth specializes in kidney, pancreas, and liver transplantation. Dr. Barth also performs minimally invasive surgery for living kidney donation and performed the first "scarless" single-port laparoscopic donor nephrectomies in Maryland (also referred to as SILS or e-NOTES).


Sener A, Schweitzer EJ, Cooper M, Munivenkatappa R, Bartlett ST, Philosophe B, and Barth RN. Deceased Donor Renal Transplantation in the Geriatric Population Demonstrates Equal Graft Survival Compared to Younger Recipients. Transplantation 2009 May 27; 87(10).

Barth RN, Bluebond-Langner R, Nam A, Stanwix M, Shipley S, Bartlett ST and Rodriguez ED. Facial Subunit Composite Tissue Allografts in Non-Human Primates: I. Technical and Immunosuppressive Requirements for Prolonged Graft Survival. Plast Reconstr. Surg. 2009; 123: 493-501.

Barth RN, Bartlett ST. Composite Tissue Transplantation: What Does the Future Look Like? Transplantation Reviews 2007; 21(3): 129-135.

Barth RN, Becker YT, Odorico JS, Sollinger HW. Nasogastric Decompression is Not Necessary After Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney Transplantation. Annals of Surgery 2008; 247(2): 350-6.

Barth RN, Janus CA, Lillesand CA, Radke NA, Pirsch JD, Becker BN, Fernandez LA, Chin LT, Becker YT, Odorico JS, D'Alessandro AM, Sollinger HW, Knechtle SJ. Outcomes at 3-years of a prospective pilot study of Campath-1H and sirolimus immunosuppression for renal transplantation. Transplant International 2006, 19: 885-892.

Barth RN and Knechtle SJ. New Immunosuppressive Protocols. In Gruessner RWG, Benedetti E (Eds) Living Donor Organ Transplantation (2008); pp. 731-736. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.