Martin Jendrisak, MD, FACS, is Medical Director and Vice President of Research and Development of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. As Medical Director, he provides medical oversight of all organ and tissue recovery operations for Gift of Hope. In his R&D role, Dr. Jendrisak oversees Gift of Hope’s research activities, including lab testing innovations and donor management enhancements, and he fosters research collaboration with universities, transplant programs and fellowship programs.
Before joining Gift of Hope in 2010, Dr. Jendrisak was the Surgical Director of the kidney transplant program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the Associate Medical Director at Mid-America Transplant Association for more than 15 years, and also served on their Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Committee. He is a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing’s (UNOS) OPO committee, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and St. Louis Surgical Society among several others.
Dr. Jendrisak’s work has lead to active programs in blood group incompatible transplantation, desensitization of allo-sensitized patients, paired kidney exchange and post-transplant immune monitoring. He co-developed the “mini-nephrectomy,” a minimally invasive open live donor nephrectomy to reduce living donor operative morbidity. In addition, he implemented and directed the altruistic living donor program in collaboration with Missouri’s OPO, Mid-America Transplant Services.
Dr. Jendrisak completed his fellowship in transplantation and his residency at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He holds his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio.