Colorado Center for Transplantation Care, Research and Education

Since the early 1960’s, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, now the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, has always been on the forefront of clinical transplantation and transplantation research. The Colorado Center for Transplantation Care, Research, and Education (CCTCARE) is a unique, multi-disciplinary transplantation center that closely integrates basic, translational, and clinical research with educational and training programs.


  • Elizabeth Pomfret, MD, PhD: Professor of Surgery; Chief of Transplant Surgery; Executive Director of CCTCARE
  • Ronald G. Gill, PhD: Professor of Surgery and Immunology; Scientific Director of CCTCARE
  • Martin Zamora, MD: Professor Emeritus, Medicine – Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care
  • Alkesh Jani, MD: Professor, Medicine – Renal Med Diseases/Hypertension
  • Trevor Nydam,MD, FACS: Associate Professor, Director of Transplant Surgery

Lab Personnel

  • Marilyne Coulombe, PhD: Research Associate and Manager, Gill and CCTCARE Labs
  • Robert Plenter: Senior Professional Research Assistant, Transplant Microsurgery Program

Transplant Microsurgery Program (TMSP)

CCTCARE, in conjunction with the CU School of Medicine, CU Health Transplant Surgery Division, formed the TMSP to accommodate the growing need of faculty for preclinical transplant models, technically challenging microsurgical techniques, and clinical needs-based research. This program brings together faculty, staff, and students from many Departments and Divisions in the School of Medicine and offers training as well as development of models for transplant-based research.

Established models include:

  • heart transplant
  • kidney transplant
  • lung transplant
  • pancreatic islet transplant
  • trachea transplant
  • skin graft
  • kidney warm ischemia
  • ex vivo perfusion of donor organs
  • intracoronary injections

Models in development:

  • liver transplant
  • segmental pancreas transplant
Transplant Microsurgery Suite


The 1200 sq. ft. TMSP facility on the third floor of the Barbara Davis Center includes:

  • 7 operating microscopes (3 motorized)
  • 5 hoods (3 biohazard safety cabinets)
  • Large animal ex vivo perfusion unit
  • 2 small animal ex-vivo perfusion system
  • Human/large animal organ research room
  • Cell culture & perfusate solution prep areas
  • Wash-up/sterilization facilities
  • Access to an OLAR-managed satellite animal facility within the building — allows for easy movement of research animals to and from the transplant microsurgery suite