Camillo Ricordi, M.D. is the Stacy Joy Goodman Professor of Surgery, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Microbiology and Immunology. He also serves as Director of the University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute and Cell Transplant Center. In addition, Dr. Ricordi is Adjunct Professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University, and at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. He also serves as President of ISMETT (Mediterranean Institute of Transplantation and Advanced Therapies) in Palermo, Sicily and on the board of the DRI at H. San Raffaele Institute in Milan, Italy. His research objective is to develop a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, and he is known for pioneering islet isolation techniques that are now used worldwide and for performing the first successful series of human islet allografts. Dr. Ricordiâ€™s research interests include induction of immune tolerance, cellular therapies, stem cells and regenerative medicine strategies. Founder and former president of the Cell Transplant Society and the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association (IPITA), he also served as councillor of The Transplantation Society and the American Society for Transplant Surgeons. He has been serving on several NIH Expert Panels, Strategic Planning committees, on the NCRR Islet Cell Resources Executive Committee, and as Chairperson of the NIH Clinical Islet Transplant Consortium. Honors and awards include the 2001 World Prize of Surgery (Geneva); the 2002 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award (ADA); the 2006 Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award; the 2008 NIAF Special Achievement Award and delivery of the Galileo Lecture at the 2008 EASD Congress in Rome; in 2009 Dr. Ricordi was Knighted by the President of the Republic of Italy in the highest Order of the Republic (the Order of Merit); and in 2010 he was one of the few surgeons ever inducted into the Association of American Physicians (AAP). Dr. Ricordi has authored over 600 scientific publications and has been awarded 12 patents.