A Tribute to Two Fearless Leaders in Transplant

 2015 is the year for recognizing two of our own leaders within the Toronto Transplant community.

G LevyGary Levy, founding Director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital and Director of the Living Donor Liver Program for UHN, was awarded the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour. See the full story: QUARTET FROM UHN RECEIVE ONTARIO’S HIGHEST HONOUR and the LEVY LEAGACY 

While Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, Surgeon-in-Chief, Sprott Department of Surgery at UHN was named an officer of the order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour.shaf keshavjee 3


As they continue to move forward in transplant care, they comment of what their next steps will entail, what work is left to be done and provide inspirational advice for all transplant fellows.

Dr. Levy

Next Steps:

[GL]  Induction of tolerance will be next great advance to allow patients to live with transplanted organs without the need for long term immunosuppression.

Work that’s left to be done:

[GL] We need to improve rates of organ donation to allow improved access for patients with end stage organ failure.

Advice for transplant fellows:

[GL]  Transplantation remains an exciting area of research and clinical medicine. In the next generation we will see the ability to create and generate  new organs  and tissues in vitro for transplantation  as well as the ability to transplant without the need for immunosuppressive which will revolutionize  not only transplantation but medicine in general.

Dr. Keshavsjee

Next Steps in transplant:

[SK] Our next step is to begin a clinical trial in using genetically modified lungs in lung transplantation. This is a culmination of years of research directed to designing organs that are pre-prepared for the injury and the immune attack related to implantation in the recipient.

Work that’s left to be done:

 [SK] We need to further develop and expand the “personalized medicine” approach to the management of donor organs to improve utilization and outcomes of transplantation.

Advice for transplant fellows:

 [SK] Transplantation is an exciting and rapidly growing career path. Organ replacement – whether it’s transplantation, artificial organs or regeneration of new organs is a fantastic area of medicine providing unprecedented hope to patients with end stage organ failure.

“As an inspiration to the transplant community and the Toronto Transplant Institute, we would like to congratulate our transplant leaders on their awards and thank them for their contribution to the Multi-Organ Program.  Here’s to a future of continuous success,” says Dr. Atul Humar, Director, UHN Multi-Organ Transplant Program and the University of Toronto Transplant Institute.

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