Christina L. Kaufman, PhD

Dr. Christina L. Kaufman is the Executive Director of the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery (CMKI).  She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Hand Surgery at the University of Louisville.  She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, under the mentorship of Rene Duquesnoy and Adriana Zeevi.  Dr. Kaufman worked on transplantation tolerance protocols in experimental and clinical models at the Institute for Cellular Therapeutics where she was the Associate Director of Clinical Trials and the Director of the Flow Cytometry and Imaging Laboratory.  She also worked on clinical and experimental models of autoimmune disease and type I diabetes. In addition to her experience with the conduct and administration of Phase I and Phase II clinical trials, she is the PI of several grants through the Department of Defense and several foundations. In addition, she is the Assistant Program Director for the ACGME accredited CMKI/U of L Hand Surgery program. Dr. Kaufman currently serves as the Secretary of the Board for the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation, and is active in several other societies such as the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Society of Transplantation and the International Society of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Transplantation, and is a section editor for Current Opinions in Organ Transplantation.

Dr. Kaufman has implemented a research study using very high resolution Ultrasound Biomicroscopy to image graft vasculopathy in hand transplant patients as well as conventional hand patients.  Other current research interests include the use of adipose derived stromal vascular cells in clinical and experimental trials of immunomodulation, definition of chronic rejection in VCA (Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation) recipients, and a trial of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in transplant, replant and nerve repair patients in collaboration with Dr. Scott Frey of the University of Missouri. In addition, she directs the day to day operation and administrative and regulatory oversight of the clinical hand transplant trial in progress in the Louisville VCA program.