The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Bryan Tillman, MD, PhD (pictured), to the position of Assistant Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medicine Center. As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Tillman will collaborate with many McGowan Institute faculty members to address some of the needs for engineered tissue he has observed as a surgeon.
Dr. Tillman’s research includes applications of tissue engineering to construct replacement vessels for use in dialysis access and for patients with peripheral vascular disease. Replacement of diseased vessels continues to be an important clinical dilemma. At present, for lack of a suitable alternative, synthetic grafts are currently used in many patients. These synthetic grafts, unfortunately, have a variety of complications that include blockage from blood clots and infection. Those problems substantially reduce long-term outcomes for patients and cost billions of dollars to correct.
Dr. Tillman attended Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA, where he received Bachelors of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biology in 1994. He received his MD and also completed his PhD in the field of gene therapy using targeted viral vectors, both at the University of Alabama. Dr. Tillman completed his residency training in general surgery at the Ohio State University. From 2006 to mid-2009, he was at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine as a Tissue Engineering Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Clinical Fellow. In addition to publications in various journals, Dr. Tillman is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery.
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Bio: Dr. Bryan Tillman