UAMC Lung Transplant Program Reactivated
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The University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC) has recently reactivated their lung and heart-lung transplant programs. Effective February 20, 2013, following the recruitment of Jesus Gomez-Abraham, MD, who joined the University of Arizona department of surgery as assistant professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Gomez-Abraham is the new director of the lung and the heart-lung transplant programs at UAMC. He is also surgical co-director of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support programs. UAMC is one of the few medical centers in the nation to offer a comprehensive program of the heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, intestine, multi-visceral, and composite-tissue transplants for both adults and children. Dr. Gomez-Abraham is also involved in research on the development of technology to preserve organs for a longer period of time and to optimize their function prior to lung transplantation. Additionally, he is involved in clinical trial using ventricular-assist devices and artificial hearts for bridge-to-transplantation. “In reactivating the lung transplant program it again gives UAMC the opportunity to bring a full range of sophisticated , lifesaving care to patients with end-stage lung disease,” said Rainer W.G. Gruessner, MD, chairman, UA Department of Surgery.
Source: AHSC Office of Public Affairs