The University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus has reactivated its lung and heart-lung transplant programs following the recruitment of Dr. Jesus Gomez-Abraham, who joined the UA department of surgery as assistant professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Gomez-Abraham is the new director of the lung and heart-lung transplant programs at UAMC. He also is surgical co-director of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support programs.
The hospital stopped performing lung transplants in February 2012 after its then primary lung-transplant surgeon, Dr. Michael Moulton, accepted an appointment as chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. UAMC received interim approval to reactivate the program effective Feb. 20, from the United Network of Organ Sharing.
UAMC is one of a handful of medical centers in the nation to offer a comprehensive program of heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, intestine, multivisceral, islet and composite-tissue transplants for adults and children.
Gomez-Abraham comes to the UA from The University of Utah, where he served as surgical director of the lung and heart-lung transplantation programs. He specializes in adult cardiothoracic surgery, mechanical circulatory support and total artificial heart, robotic arrhythmia surgery, robotic heart and lung surgery and cardiothoracic heart and lung transplantation surgery.
Gomez-Abraham is involved in research on the development of new technology to preserve organs for longer periods and to optimize their function prior to heart and lung transplantation. Additionally, he is involved in a clinical trial using ventricular-assist devises and total artificial hearts for bridge-to-transplantation and destination therapy (using a mechanical circulatory support when there is no option of eventually providing the patient with a heart transplant).
Gomez-Abraham completed general surgery residency training at the New York Medical College, New York City, and cardiothoracic residency training at the University of Pennsylvania/The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed a two-year fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery heart and lung transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at the University of California, Los Angeles Ronald Reagan Medical Center.
Said Dr. Rainer W.G. Gruessner, chairman of the UA department of surgery: "The reactivation of the lung transplant program gives UAMC the opportunity once again to bring a full range of sophisticated, lifesaving care to patients with end-stage lung disease."