Dr. Joseph Keith Melancon earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana in 1982 and then studied at Tulane Medical School where he completed a research fellowship. He went on to work in a transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota under the direction of Dr. David E.R. Sutherland.

After completing fellowship training, Melancon was recruited by John Hopkins Hospital. He worked as the director of Pancreas and Kidney Transplantation and as the director of Clinical Transplantation Research. He was also the surgical director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation while at John Hopkins Hospital.

In 2008, Melancon was recruited to Georgetown University Hospital as the director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation. He is also the director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at Washington Hospital Center and director of Pediatric Kidney Transplantation at the Children’s National Medical Center.

In the past three years, Melancon pioneered new and innovative ways of kidney transplantation at Georgetown University Hospital. Last year, he pioneered a 14-patient transplant for which he was featured on NBC Nightly News.  He performed the first ABO incompatible kidney transplant, the first HLA-incompatible kidney transplant and the first paired kidney exchange in the Washington D.C. area.  He was also the first in the Washington D.C. area to use single-port, live-donor kidney retrieval making Georgetown University Hospital one of the few centers nationwide to use this procedure.  His work has been featured on the Discovery Health Channel in a televised episode titled “Surgery Saved My Life,” a series that documented a successful triple kidney transplant.

He spoke at Black History Month in 2010.

Melancon and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of four sons, Joseph, Jonathan, Joshua and Jonah.

The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student by the Alumni Association. It recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements that have brought honor and distinction to the university. To be eligible for this award, one must be a UL graduate or former student having attended no less than 10 years ago.

Both Blanchard and Melancon will be honored during a reception on Friday, Oct. 14 and will ride in the Homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.


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