Emily Blumberg, MD

Dr. Emily Blumberg is a Transplant Infectious Diseases specialist and the Director of the Transplant Infectious Diseases Program and the Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, positions she has held since 1999 and 2005 respectively. She received an AB from Princeton University and MD from New York University School of Medicine, and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, and Infectious Diseases fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  She began her faculty career at Hahnemann University before moving to the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, where she is currently a Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Blumberg’s academic interests are focused on infectious disease complications in transplant recipients and candidates.  She is especially interested in donor derived infections and viral infections, including HIV and CMV.  She has authored or co-authored over 185 publications and 14 book chapters and has given 175 invited lectures nationally and internationally.  She is an active investigator in numerous multicenter trials examining new antimicrobial agents and has been a site investigator for multicenter trials sponsored by the NIH.  She is a Deputy Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation and an Associate Editor for Transplant Infectious Diseases.

A member of the AST since 1999, Dr. Blumberg is the AST's current Past President. Dr. Blumberg’s service included terms as Chair of the Training and Workforce Committee, the ID Community of Practice, and the Conflict of Interest Committee, and as a member of the AST Board of Directors. She was the first Board liaison to the Transplant Administrator COP.  She co-chaired the 2012 AST/ASTS Consensus Conference on the Optimal Testing of the Live Donor to Prevent Transmission of Infectious Diseases, served as an Editor of the AST ID COP guidelines 3, was a member of the Education Committee, the Nominations Committee, and the Grants and Awards Committee.  She is a former Chair of the UNOS Disease Transmission and Advisory Committee and former member of the UNOS MPSC, the HHS Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability, and of the Gift of Life (Philadelphia) Medical Advisory Board.

Updated January 2021