Jason A Wertheim, MD, PhD

Vice Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Professor, Surgery
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Wertheim joined The University of Arizona from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he served as vice chair for research in the Department of Surgery and associate director of the MD-PhD program. Dr. Wertheim's NIH- and VA-funded laboratory investigates new methods to bioengineer liver and kidney tissue as a future solution to organ shortage in transplantation.

Dr. Wertheim holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained a doctoral degree in bioengineering and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his clinical training in general surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a transplant surgery fellowship at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Wertheim was awarded the highly coveted Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2019.


  • MD: University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD: Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • BS: Chemical Engineering (major), Biology (minor), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Board Certifications
Certification, American Board of Surgery (2012)
State of Arizona, unrestricted medical license (2020)
Step I, II, and III United States Medical Licensing Exam (2005)
Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Program, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). (2009)
State of California, unrestricted medical license (2009)
State of Illinois, unrestricted medical license (2011)