Sandip Kapur, M.D.

Transplantation Surgery
Sandip Kapur

Dr. Sandip Kapur is Chief of Transplant Surgery and Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. An internationally recognized expert in pioneering transplant techniques, Dr. Kapur specializes in adult and pediatric kidney transplantation and whole organ pancreas and islet cell transplantation. Dr. Kapur was named as one of "America's Top Doctors" by both US News World Report and Castle Connolly in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  He was cited  every year since 2010 as a "New York SuperDoctor," an honor accorded just 5% of all New York physicians.

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Dr. Kapur is Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and  Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In February 2010, Dr. Kapur was named the G. Tom Shires, M.D. Faculty Scholar in Surgery in recognition of his outstanding commitment to clinical surgery, research, and education.

Dr. Kapur earned his Medical Degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in 1990. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and was a research fellow in Transplant Immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College and The Rogosin Institute from 1993 to 1994. Dr. Kapur went on to complete a fellowship in Multi-Organ Transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, where he gained expertise in both adult and pediatric transplantation. He joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College in 1998 as an Assistant Professor of Surgery, and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center.

An internationally renowned, board-certified transplant surgeon, Dr. Kapur heads the oldest kidney transplant program in New York State, and one of the highest volume programs in the country. He is a nationally recognized pioneer in developing innovative strategies that allow for successful transplantation in situations where transplants might be contraindicated at most other centers. These include crossmatch and blood type (ABO) incompatible programs, donor exchange for live kidney donation, and facilitating transplantation in older individuals. In February of 2008, Dr. Kapur led the Weill Cornell team that performed one of the nation's first living-donor kidney transplant surgery chains. These chains have the potential to revolutionize the organ transplant process in the United States and dramatically improve the opportunity for patients in need of kidney transplants to find a compatible donor.

Dr. Kapur heads one of the leading pediatric kidney transplant programs in New York, offering care for complex pediatric cases as well as innovative immune therapy, particularly the steroid-sparing regimen utilized in the majority of our pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Dr. Kapur works collaboratively with the pediatric nephrologists and other team members within the Center for Pediatric Transplant and Advanced Kidney and Urologic Diseases at the NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health. Using a collaborative team approach, the Center is able to provide continuity of care to pediatric patients and their families throughout the length of the child's illness and treatment, pre- and post- surgery.

The innovative strategies described above are offered by just a handful of transplant centers in the United States. Our skilled transplant team offers progressive therapeutic options not generally available through other transplantation programs, with lower rejection rates and higher graft survival rates compared to national standards.

Dr. Kapur has earned many awards over his career. He has been selected by Castle Connolly as one of "America's Top Doctors" and a "Top Doctor" in the New York Metro Area, and is also a "Patient's Choice Physician" and is named on New York Magazine's "Best Doctors List". Dr. Kapur also received the 2009 Spirit Award from the New York Mets for his work and commitment to organ donation and transplantation.

Dr. Kapur is a member of many professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society for University Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, The American Society of Transplantation, The Transplantation Society, and the New York Surgical Society. He has published over 65 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and plays a strong leadership role in surgical education, having served as Director for the Clincal Clerkship in Surgery for the Medical School. He is a Preceptor for medical student surgical clerkships and serves as a Faculty Mentor for surgical house staff. Dr. Kapur also serves as the Surgical Director of the Weill Cornell Physicians Assistant Program.

Dr. Kapur discusses living donor kidney transplantation in the video below:


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


See Dr. Kapur's research publications
at the National Library of Medicine.

Afaneh C, Halpern J, Cheng E, Aull M, Figueiro J, Kapur S, Leeser DB. Steroid Avoidance in 2-Haplotype Matched Living Donor Renal Transplants with Basiliximab Induction Therapy. Transplant Proc In press (June 2011).

Afaneh C, Ramasamy R, Leeser DB, Kapur S, Del Pizzo JJ. Is Right Sided Laparoendoscopic Single Site (LESS) Donor Nephrectomy Feasible? & Urology In press.

Kleinschmidt D, Kapur S, Leeser DB. Endoscopic surgery for fistula creation. The Clinical Advisor . September 2010;25-31.

Gimenez E, Leeser D, Wysock J, Charlton M, Kapur S, DelPizzo J. Laparoendoscopic Single Site Live Donor Nephrectomy: Initial Experience J Urol 2010;184(5) In press.

Balachandran VP, Aull MJ, Goris M, Figueiro J, Leeser DB, Kapur S. Successful Transplantation of Single Kidneys From Pediatric Donors Weighing Less Than or Equal to 10 kg Into Standard Weight Adult Recipients. Transplantation 2010; 90(5):518-522.

Serur D, Saal S, Wang J, Sullivan J, Bologa R, Hartono C, Dadhania D, Lee J, Gerber LM, Goldstein M, Kapur S, Stubenbord W, Belenkaya R, Marin M, Seshan S, Ni Q, Levine D, Parker T, Stenzel K, Smith B, Riggio R, Cheigh J. Deceased-donor kidney transplantation: improvement in long-term survival. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2010 Jul 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Dadhania D, Snopkowski C, Ding R, Muthukumar T, Lee J, Bang H, Sharma VK, Seshan S, August P, Kapur S, and Suthanthiran M. Validation of Noninvasive Diagnosis of BK Virus Nephropathy and Identification of Prognostic Biomarkers. Transplantation 2010;90(2):189-97.

Cheng EY, Leeser DB, Kapur S, Del Pizzo J. Outcomes following laparoscopic donor nephrectomies performed without intraoperative systemic heparinization. J Urol 2010;183(6):2282-6.

Aull MJ, Saal S, Dadhania D, Hartono C, Kapur S. Modulation of Antibody Response in a Sensitized Patient with Ongoing Antibody-Mediated Injury. Clin Transpl 2009: 495-98.

Hartono C, Lubetzky M, Aull MJ, Saal S, Figueiro J, Kapur S, Dadhania D. Use of Bortezomib for Prevention and Treatment of Rejection In Sensitized Patients. Clin Transpl 2009:599-503.

Malhotra P, Malu S, Kapur S. Immunology of Transplant Rejection. Accessed at, August 10, 2009.

Butt FK, Gritsch HA, Schulam P, Danovitch GM, Wilkinson A, Del Pizzo J, Kapur S, Serur D, Katznelson S, Busque S, Melcher ML, McGuire S, Charlton M, Hil G, Veale JL. Asynchronous, Out-of-Sequence, Transcontinental Chain Kidney Transplantation: A Novel Concept. Am J Transplant 2009;9(9):2180-2185.

Huston JM, Eachempati SR, Rodney JR, Cayci C, Fusco D, Mathew M, Shou J, Goldstein MJ, Kapur S, Barie PS. Treatment of Strongyloides stercoralis hyperinfection-associated septic shock and acute respiratory distress syndrome with drotrecogin alfa (activated) in a renal transplant recipient. Transplant Infect Dis 2009; 11(3):277-80.

Gao J, Li JC, Xiao MS, Ng A, Trost D, Goldstein M, Kapur S, Wang J, Serur D, Dai Q, Jiang YX, Min RJ. Color duplex sonography in severe transplant renal artery stenosis: a comparison of end-to-end and end-to-side arterial anastomoses. Clinical Imaging 2009;33:116–122.

Winchester P, Kapur S, Prince MR. Noninvasive imaging of living kidney donors. Transplantation. 2008 Nov 15;86(9):1168-9.

Woodle ES, First MR, Pirsch J, Shihab F, Gaber AO, Van Veldhuisen P; Astellas Corticosteroid Withdrawal Study Group. A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter trial comparing early (7 day) corticosteroid cessation versus long-term, low-dose corticosteroid therapy. Ann Surg. 2008 Oct;248(4):564-77.

Dadhania D, Snopkowski C, Ding R, Muthukumar T, Chang C, Aull M, Lee J, Sharma VK, Kapur S, Suthanthiran M. Epidemiology of BK virus in renal allograft recipients: independent risk factors for BK virus replication. Transplantation. 2008 Aug 27;86(4):521-8.

Gao J, Ng A, Shih G, Goldstein M, Kapur S, Wang J, Min RJ. Intrarenal color duplex ultrasonography: a window to vascular complications of renal transplants. J Ultrasound Med. 2007 Oct;26(10):1403-18.

Muthukumar T, Dadhania D, Ding R, Snopkowski C, Naqvi R, Lee JB, Hartono C, Li B, Sharma VK, Seshan SV, Kapur S, Hancock WW, Schwartz JE, Suthanthiran M. & Messenger RNA for FOXP3 in the urine of renal-allograft recipients. N Engl J Med. 2005 Dec ;353(22):2342-51.

Tatapudi RR, Muthukumar T, Dadhania D, Ding R, Li B, Sharma VK, Lozada-Pastorio E, Seetharamu N, Hartono C, Serur D, Seshan SV, Kapur S, Hancock WW, Suthanthiran M. Noninvasive detection of renal allograft inflammation by measurements of mRNA for IP-10 and CXCR3 in urine. Kidney Int. 2004 Jun;65(6):2390-7.

Derubertis BG, Clair D, Faries P, Kapur S, Park K, Kent KC. Resection of an intravenous leiomyoma with intracardiac extension with use of endovascular techniques. J Vasc Surg. 2004 Sep;40(3):554-8.

Muthukumar T, Ding R, Dadhania D, Medeiros M, Li B, Sharma VK, Hartono C, Serur D, Seshan SV, Volk HD, Reinke P, Kapur S, Suthanthiran M. Serine proteinase inhibitor-9, an endogenous blocker of granzyme B/perforin lytic pathway, is hyperexpressed during acute rejection of renal allografts. Transplantation. 2003 May 15;75(9):1565-70.

Dadhania D, Muthukumar T, Ding R, Li B, Hartono C, Serur D, Seshan SV, Sharma VK, Kapur S, Suthanthiran M. Molecular signatures of urinary cells distinguish acute rejection of renal allografts from urinary tract infection. Transplantation. 2003 May 27;75(10):1752-4.

Ding R, Li B, Muthukumar T, Dadhania D, Medeiros M, Hartono C, Serur D, Seshan SV, Sharma VK, Kapur S, Suthanthiran M. CD103 mRNA levels in urinary cells predict acute rejection of renal allografts. Transplantation 2003 April 27;75(8) 1307-12.

Kinkhabwala MM, Guarrera JV, Leno R, Brown RS, Prowda J, Kapur S, Emond JC. Outflow reconstruction in right hepatic live donor liver transplantation. Surgery 2003 Mar;133 (3):243-50.

Goldstein MJ, Salame E, Kapur S, Kinkhabwala M, LaPointe-Rudow D, Harren NPP, Lobritto SJ, Russo M, Brown RS, Cataldegirmen G, Weinberg A, Renz JF, Emond JC. Analysis of failure in living donor liver transplantation: differential outcome in children and adults. World J Surg. 2003 Mar;27 (3):356-64.

Thomas D, Yang H, Boffa DJ, Ding R, Sharma VK, Lagman M, Li B, Hering B, Mohanakumar T, Lakey J, Kapur S, Hancock WW, Suthanthiran M. Proapoptotic Bax is hyperexpressed in isolated human islets compared with antiapoptotic Bcl-2. Transplantation 2002 Dec 15; 74 (11):1489-96.

Yang H, Thomas D, Boffa DJ, Ding R, Li B, Muthukumar T, Sharma VK, Lagman M, Luo GX, Kapur S, Liou HC, Hancock WW, Suthanthiran M. Enforced c-REL deficiency prolongs survival of islet allografts 1. Transplantation 2002 Aug 15; 74 (3):291-8.

Salame E, Goldstein MJ, Kinkhabwala M, Kapur S, Finn R, Lobritto S, Brown R Jr, Emond JC. Analysis of donor risk in living-donor hepatectomy: the impact of resection type on clinical outcome. Am J Transplant 2002 Sep;2(8):780-8.

Brown RS, Kumar KS, Lobritto SJ, Rudow DL, Harren P, Kinkhabwala M, Kapur S, Emond JC. Comparison of May end-stage liver disease (MELD) scores and Child-Turcotte-Pugh (CPT) scores as predictors of pre liver transplant (LT) disease severity and post-LT outcomes in UNOS status 2A patients. Liver Transpl 2002 Mar;8(3):278-84.

Kumar KS, Lefkowitch J, Russo MW, Hesdorffer C, Kinhabwala M, Kapur S, Emond JC, Brown RS Jr. Successful sequential liver and stem cell transplantation for hepatic failure due to primary AL amyloidosis. Gastroenterology 2002 Jun;122 (7):2026-31.

Blumenfeld JD, Catanzaro DF, Kinhabwala M, Cheigh J, Hartono C, Serur D, Kapur S, Stubenbord WT, Haschemeyer R, Riggio R. Renin system activation and delayed function of the renal transplant. Am J Hypertens. 2001 Dec;14 (12):1270.

Inadomi JM, Kapur S, Kinkhabwala M, Cello JP. The laparoscopic evaluation of ascites. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2001 Jan;11(1):79-91.

Polyak MM, Arrington BO, Kapur S, Stubenbord WT, Kinkhabwala M. & Glutathione supplementation during cold ischemia does not confer early functional advantage in renal transplantation. Transplantation. 2000 Jul 15;70(1):202-5.

Polyak MM, Arrington BO, Stubenbord WT, Boykin J, Brown T, Jean-Jacques MA, Estevez J, Kapur S, Kinkhabwala M. The influence of pulsatile preservation on renal transplantation in the 1990s. Transplantation. 2000 Jan 27;69(2):249-58.

Kapur S. The current status of islet transplantation. 2000. Accessed October 23, 2008.

Polyak MM, Arrington BO, Kapur S, Stubenbord WT, Kinkhabwala M. & Donor treatment with phentolamine mesylate improves machine preservation dynamics and early renal allograft function. Transplantation. 2000 Jan 15;69(1):184-6.

Polyak MM, Arrington BO, Kapur S, Stubenbord WT, Kinkhabwala M. Calcium ion concentration of machine perfusate predicts early graft function in expanded criteria donor kidneys. Transpl Int. 1999;12(5):378-82.

Polyak MM, Arrington BO, Stubenbord WT, Kapur S, Kinkhabwala M. Prostaglandin E1 influences pulsatile preservation characteristics and early graft function in expanded criteria donor kidneys. J Surg Res. 1999 Jul;85(1):17-25.

Kapur S, Bonham CA, Dodson SF, Corry RJ, New Strategies to Expand the Donor Pool for Whole Organ Pancreas Transplantation, Transplantation. 67(2): 284, 1999.

Bonham CA, Kapur S, Dodson SF, Dvorchik I, Corry RJ. & Potential use of marginal donors for pancreas transplantation. Transplant Proc. 1999 Feb-Mar;31(1-2):612-3.

Bonham CA, Kapur S, Geller D, Fung JJ, Pinna A. & Excision and immediate revascularization for hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm following liver transplantation. Transplant Proc. 1999 Feb-Mar;31(1-2):443.

Casavilla FA, Rakela J, Kapur S, Irish W. McMichael J, Demetris AJ, Starzl TE, Fung JJ, Clinical Outcome of Patients with Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection on Survival Following Primary Liver Transplantation Under Tacrolimus, Liver Transplantation and Surgery, 1998. 4(6):448-54

Garcia N, Kapur S, McClane J, Davis JM. Surgical infections and prophylactic antibiotics: 341 consecutive cases of gallbladder surgery in the era of laparoscopic surgery. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 1997 Jun;7 (3):157-62.

Khanna A, Kapur S, Sharma V, Li B, Suthanthiran M, In Vivo Hyperexpression of Transforming Growth Factor-B1 In Mice: Stimulation by Cyclosporine, Transplantation, Vol. 63: 1037-1039, 1997

Kapur S, Sharma V, Khanna A, Li B, Sokol K, Suthanthiran M, Regulation of The Anti-Allograft Response by Targeting the CD2 Antigen: A Potential Strategy For the Creation of Transplant Tolerance, Surgical Technology International V, 233-240, 1996

Kapur S, Khanna A, Sharma VK, Li B, Suthanthiran M, CD2 Antigen Targeting Reduces Intragraft Expression of mRNA-Encoding Granzyme B and IL-10 and Induces Tolerance, Transplantation, Vol. 62: 249-255, 1996

Szem JW, Kapur S, Klemperer J, Barie PS, et al., High-risk intrahospital transport of critically ill patients: safety and outcome of the necessary "road trip". Crit Care Med. 1995 Oct;23(10):1660-6.

Kapur S, Jones WG, Barber AE, Shires GT III, Shires GT, Effects of Cyclosporine Treatment on the Adrenocortical Response to Injury and Infection in Rats, Journal Surgical Research, 53: 357, 1992

Jones WAG, Barber AE, Kapur S, Shires GT III, Shires GT, et al., Pathophysiological Glucocorticoid Levels and Survival of Translocating Bacteria, Archives of Surgery, 126: 50, 1991

Salmon JE, Kapur S, Maryhew NL, Runquist OA, Kimberly RP, High Dose Intravenous Methyl Prednisolone Enhances Fc-Receptor Mediated Mononuclear Phagocytic Function in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Arthritis and Rheumatism, (6): 717, 1989

Salmon JE, Kapur S, Kimberly RP, Opsonin Independent Ligation of Fc-g-Receptors- The 3G8 Bearing Receptors on Neutrophils Mediate the Phagocytosis of Concavalin A- Treated Erythrocytes and Nonopsonized Escherichia coli, Journal of Experimental Medicine, 166: 1798, 1987

Salmon JE, Kapur S, Kimberly RP, Gammaglobulin for Intravenous Use Induces an Fc-g-Receptor Specific Decrement in Phagocytosis by Blood Monocyes, Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology, 43: 23, 1987


Honors and Awards

New SuperDoctors--only 5 percent of all New York physicians earn this honor

Patient's Choice Physician

Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors

Castle Connolly: Top Doctors: New York Metro Area

US News and World Report: America's Top Doctors

New York Magazine: Best Doctors List

2009 Spirit Award from the New York Mets. Citi Field, August 2009

Outstanding House Staff Officer Award, NewYork Hospital/Cornell, 1996

American Society of Transplant Physicians Young Investigator Award, 1994

Clarence C. Coryell Prize in Surgery, Cornell University Medical College, 1990