About Us

About Us

Meet the PI

Dr.MacConmara
Dr. MacConmara

I currently serve as a transplant surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. I focus clinically on both pediatric and adult liver transplantation, with a research focus on hepatic tissue injury. I currently direct the clinical research program in machine perfusion at UTSW and performed the first liver transplants in Dallas done using normthermic machine perfusion techniques.

My goal as a transplant surgeon and clinical researcher has been to develop a comprehensive research program with a focus on donor organ viability and patient outcomes post-transplant. One of the major challenges we face in liver transplantation is the safe transplantation of increasingly marginal donor livers to meet the ever-growing numbers of potential recipients with end-stage liver disease. Essential to this question is fatty-liver disease, as it increases rapidly in the donor population. Improving our understanding of the interaction between the donor, procurement, and reperfusion injury cascades in the steatotic liver is critical to utilizing many of the potential donor livers available for transplant.

Lab Manager

Ryan Huebinger, Ph.D.

Ryan Huebinger, Ph.D.

Dr. Huebinger received a Ph.D. in genetics from Texas A&M. Over the course of his scientific career, he has worked on a diverse array of topics from population genetics of bowhead whales to the genetics of meat quality in livestock. Most recently, he has studied biomarkers as they relate to outcome from burn/traumatic injury. When not in the lab, Dr. Huebinger enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors. 

 

Current Lab Members

Emily Carlson

Emily Carlson, Project Specialist

 
Cyrus Feizpour, M.D., Research Fellow

Cyrus Feizpour, M.D., Research Fellow

Dr. Feizpour is from Dallas and doing a transplant surgery research fellowship at UT Southwestern. He plans to be a transplant surgeon and looks forward to an academic career centered on research and ex-vivo perfusion technologies to improve organ care. In his spare time, he likes to play basketball and watch Dallas Mavericks games.

 
Ali Syed, Research Coordinator

Ali Syed, Research Coordinator

 
Benjamin Wang, Medical Student

Benjamin Wang, Medical Student

Ben is a second year medical student at UT Southwestern. Prior to medical school, he studied chemical engineering at Rice and pursued a career in oil and gas before discovering his passion for general surgery and data science. His interests lie in technology and medicine.