Will Chapman is the Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery and Section of Abdominal Transplantation, and Surgical Director of the Transplant Center at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Chapman received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill before completion of medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then completed his surgical residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, which was followed by a Fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation at King’s College Hospital in London. He subsequently returned to Vanderbilt University as a Faculty member remaining at Vanderbilt from 1992 until 2002. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Chapman was a member of the Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation with focused research interests in hepatic ischemia reperfusion injury and development of image-guided liver surgery, with NIH funded projects in both areas.
In June, 2002 Dr. Chapman was recruited to Washington University in St. Louis as the Chief of the Abdominal Transplant Program. A fellowship program was initiated, and the abdominal transplant clinical and research programs underwent a significant expansion since that time. The research program has had a continued focus on transplant immunology, ischemia reperfusion in the liver, and the image-guided liver surgery program has progressed through clinical trials to a fully FDA-approved system now in clinical use at selected centers in the U.S. In 2007, he became Chief of the Division of General Surgery and in 2008 was one of the leading forces in organization of the multidisciplinary transplant center, for which he is Surgical Director. In 2013 he was appointed as a Director of the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Chapman serves on numerous editorial boards of surgical journals focused on transplantation and liver surgery (American Journal of Transplantation, Transplantation, Annals of Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, HPB, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery), and is a reviewer for many additional journals. He has been a participant with leadership roles in many surgical societies and plays an active role in regional and national policy regarding organ allocation and new developments in surgery. He is the author of over 200 publications in journals, books and book chapters, and invited editorials.