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GrandRounds Internationally-Known Transplant Surgeon Joins UT/Methodist Institute

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Internationally known transplant surgeon and researcher Daniel G. Maluf, MD, has been named professor of surgery, surgical director of liver transplantation, and director of live donor transplantation for the UT/Methodist Transplant Institute. He will also hold the Transplant Institute Endowed Professorship in Liver Transplantation at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. “This is a transformational change in the direction and future of the transplant institute, clinically by expanding live donor liver transplantation, as well as being able to perform groundbreaking transplant research,” said James D. Eason, MD, founder and program director of the UT/Methodist Transplant Institute and professor and chief of the Transplant Division in the College of Medicine at UTHSC. Dr. Eason holds the Endowed Chair of Excellence in Transplant Surgery at UTHSC. Over roughly a dozen years, he has built the transplant institute into one of the top liver transplant programs in the country. It performs approxi-

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mately 260 to 280 transplants a year, totaling more than 2,500 transplants since he began. The institute recently added live donor liver transplants. “We are especially excited to have Dr. Maluf join our team,” Dr. Eason said. “He is internationally known for his work in live donor liver transplantation, as well as his research in genomics, proteomics, and molecular pathways of rejection.” Dr. Maluf comes to UTHSC from the University of Virginia, where he has served as a tenured professor of surgery, surgical co-director of liver transplantation, director of living donor transplantation, and director of the abdominal transplant fellowship program. He received his MD degree from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba in Argentina, and did his general surgery internship and residency at Catholic University of Cordoba in Argentina. He did postgraduate work in advanced robotics in transplantation at the University of Illinois at Chicago, robotic surgery training at Eastern Carolina University, transplant surgery fellowship and a transplant research fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Michael Ugwueke, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, share a moment with Cato Johnson, the hospital’s senior vice president during the Party of the Century to celebrate 100 years of the health system.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Celebrates 100 Years To commemorate its 100-year anniversary Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare hosted what it called “The Party of the Century” at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms Park last month. “For the last one hundred years, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has served as a beacon of expertise and care in our community and region,” said Michael Ugwueke, CEO and president of the Methodist Healthcare system. “Our centennial is more than an anniversary. It’s a celebration of our commitment to the future of medicine.” A century ago, John Sherard, a Mississippi farmer hoped one day to help open a hospital that would provide high-quality care for everyone regardless of their ability to pay. Sherard was committed to this mission after his minister received care in a charity ward at another Memphis hospital. His dream became what today is Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. “To this day, we stay true to our founder as we continue to be a mission-driven organization committed to providing high-quality care to everyone regardless of their ability to pay,” said Ugwueke. The elegant evening featured special guest Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers president and former NBA star, live musical entertainment, a silent disco, gourmet food, cocktails and special indoor and outdoor activities, all overlooking beautiful Hyde Lake at Shelby Farms Park. Sponsors included AutoZone, Cigna and FedEx. memphismedicalnews

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