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FOR PHYSICIANS SPRING/SUMMER 2012 University of Maryland Ro un ds CLINICAL AND RESEARCH UPDATES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEDICAL CENTER Living Liver Transplants: Full Steam Ahead In this Issue Rounding Out Care and Research | p3 University of Maryland Completes Face Transplant | p4 Novel Lung Transplant Trial | p5 Advanced Fetal Care | p6 A 24-year-old woman’s liver unexpectedly shuts down, sending her to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in acute liver failure. No one — including her father and uncle, who are both physicians — knows what caused the young woman’s condition to deteriorate so rapidly, but they do know she will die if she doesn’t receive a new organ quickly. Her boyfriend offered to donate part of his liver, and then they were both on the road to recovery within a few days. Not all living liver donation stories are quite so dramatic, but this one was particularly poignant since it launched UMMC’s re-emergence into living liver transplants after a four-year hiatus. With the addition of John LaMattina, M.D. — an assistant professor of surgery who was trained in livingdonor transplant surgery in Istanbul, Turkey — to the liver transplant team, UMMC’s program was recently recertified by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), which manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the U.S. government. | cont’d p2 medicine on a mission | OneCall 1-800-373-4111

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