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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Renowned Surgeon Dr. Bartley Griffith Named Vice Chair for Innovation in UM School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery
University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Department of Surgery Chair Christine Lau, MD, MBA, along with UMSOM Dean Mark T. Gladwin, MD, announced today the appointment of Bartley P. Griffith, MD, as the Department of Surgery’s first Vice Chair for Innovation. In this role, Dr. Griffith will nurture a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration in the Department, and expand the integration of related sciences into surgical practice. The appointment is effective on February 1.
Friday, September 22, 2023
UM Medicine Faculty-Scientists and Clinicians Perform Second Historic Transplant of Pig Heart into Patient with End-Stage Cardiovascular Disease
A 58-year-old patient with terminal heart disease became the second patient in the world to receive a historic transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart on September 20. He is recovering and communicating with his loved ones. This is only the second time in the world that a genetically modified pig heart has been transplanted into a living patient. Both historic surgeries were performed by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) faculty at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).
Friday, June 30, 2023
Lessons Learned from World’s First Successful Transplant of Genetically-Modified Pig Heart into Human Patient
A new study published today in the Lancet has revealed the most extensive analysis to date on what led to the eventual heart failure in the world's first successful transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human patient. This groundbreaking procedure was conducted by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) physician-scientists back in January 2022 and marked an important milestone for medical science.
Friday, May 28, 2021
Grateful Patient David Carroll Makes a $1 Million Bequest Pledge to Support the Future of the Advanced Heart Failure Program
University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that grateful patient David Carroll has made a generous $1 million bequest pledge in support of the Advanced Heart Failure (AHF) program in UMSOM’s Department of Medicine’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. This gift follows an initial five-year pledge of $5,000 made by Mr. Carroll in 2017 for operating support of the program.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Severe acute liver failure (ALF), a rare but life-threatening illness, is associated with high death rates if patients don’t receive timely treatment or a liver transplant. Unlike the heart or the kidneys, there is no established mechanical device to replace the liver’s function. Now, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Surgical First: Patient Avoids Dialysis Thanks to Simultaneous Polycystic Kidney Removal and Kidney Transplant During 28-Person Kidney Swap
In a first-of-its-kind procedure in the United States, a patient was able to avoid dialysis when surgeons simultaneously removed two diseased kidneys and also transplanted a kidney from a living donor – all as part of a 28-person paired kidney exchange (PKE). The procedure, performed in May on a patient with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), eliminated the need for the patient to ever undergo dialysis.