Steven Paraskevas, MD, PhD, is a multi-organ transplant surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, and an IPITA member since 1995. Dr. Paraskevas was educated at Harvard, and completed medical training at McGill and the University of Minnesota. Returning to McGill, Dr. Paraskevas has led the pancreas transplant program since 2008. He helped plan and develop the MUHC Human Islet Transplant Laboratory, which has performed clinical transplants since 2015. He runs an active basic research lab studying the effect of graft injury and extracellular vesicle release on alloimmune and autoimmune responses, primarily in the islet context. His lab also studies the effect of Treg/Th17 axis changes on graft survival.
As an avid teacher of both graduate students and residents, Dr. Paraskevas is deeply committed to preparing the next generation of physicians and scientists. He helped to develop and continues to Co-Chair the Canadian Donor Surgical Skills Masterclass, now in its third iteration. Dr. Paraskevas has been actively involved in professional organizations and conferences, has been Co-Chair of the American Transplant Congress, and President of the Canadian Society of Transplantation. He is a passionate cyclist and sailor.