Dr. Stuart Knechtle

Appointed: 2014
Class: 2018

Stuart Knechtle is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Chair of Liver Transplant Surgery at Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He and his wife, Mary Banks Knechtle, moved to Atlanta in 2008 after raising their children in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, where they owned a farm. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stuart started the living donor liver transplant program, performed the first combined liver/pancreas transplant in the state, and was named the first Ray D. Owen Professor of Transplantation after establishing a highly productive research laboratory in transplant immunology. In 1999 he helped found Renovar, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on kidney disease and transplantation. Stuart has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1992 to conduct transplant immunology research, and he has published over 250 scientific papers, over 50 book chapters, two medical textbooks. He serves as editor-in-chief of Transplantation Reviews, and is on three other editorial boards. Stuart is Director of Liver Transplantation at the Emory Transplant Center and Director of Transplant Services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He is actively engaged in liver surgery and transplantation and remains keenly interested in kidney transplantation.

Stuart graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in biochemistry, and his M.D. from Weill-Cornell College of Medicine in New York City. He trained in general surgery at Duke University in Durham, NC and completed a transplant fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He was introduced to Gordon College during his youth when he attended Black Rock Congregational Church in Fairfield, Connecticut where Dr. Stanley R. Allaby, a Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary graduate, served as senior pastor. Stuart has strong family ties to the College: his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Stephanie, are 2012 graduates of Gordon College (and live in Hamilton), his son, Peter, currently attends Gordon as a member of the class of 2016, and two of his nephews are Gordon alumni. (Their third son, William, lives in Atlanta with his wife Juliana Bell Knechtle.

Stuart and Mary Banks are members of All Souls Fellowship in Decatur, Georgia. Stuart has taught Sunday School and served as elder in their previous churches in Madison, Wisconsin. Mary Banks is a pediatric nurse and parish nurse by background and recently published a book, Glory in the Mourning, about their family story of loss and restoration. Stuart’s hobbies include gardening, cycling, tennis, cross-country skiing, and rowing, and he enjoys playing the piano. His favorite book is Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and his favorite Christian author is C. S. Lewis.

Stuart Knechtle