GREENVILLE, N.C. - It is with great pleasure that the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center welcome Dr. David A. Axelrod to their surgery faculty and staff.

Axelrod joins the ECU Department of Surgery as professor of surgery, vice-chair for Quality, and as chief of surgical immunology and transplantation having recently been chief of transplant at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and liver transplant surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He is a nationally-recognized leader in the field of transplant surgery, outcomes research and quality initiatives for improvement in patient care.

Axelrod earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham. He also earned an MBA in health care management from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. He completed training at the University of Michigan in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and completed a Transplant Surgery Fellowship at Northwestern University Hospital Surgery.

He currently serves as associate editor of the American Journal of Transplantation and section editor of Current Transplantation Reports. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing and served as past chairman of the national pancreas transplant committee. He has also been a leader in the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, serving as chairman of the Business Practice and Standards committees.

“I am thrilled to be joining a growing and dynamic division of transplant surgery at ECU and Vidant Medical Center,” said Axelrod. “We are committed to working with our referring providers to provide the highest quality of care for patients with advanced kidney and liver disease in eastern North Carolina.”


About Vidant Health
Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,439-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multispecialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in 80 practice sites. Vidant Health is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant Health has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit

About the Brody School of Medicine
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is nationally recognized for preparing primary care physicians who practice in medically underserved communities. All those admitted are North Carolina residents and the majority of its graduates practice primary care in North Carolina. Brody’s research includes a strong focus on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and preventative care. Brody partners with Vidant Health to provide a teaching hospital, sharing faculty physicians in broad service areas such as critical care, surgery, emergency care and trauma. It also operates ECU Physicians, the clinical practice for the Brody School of Medicine.