News from the UT Transplant Center

Cigarroa Revives Liver Transplant Program in San Antonio

After six years as University of Texas System chancellor, Dr. Francisco Cigarroa has returned to full-time patient care as surgical director of the pediatric transplant program at University Hospital.


photo UT Transplant surgeons featured in Austin's MD News: Since the first liver transplant at the University Transplant Center 22 years ago, our transplant programs have continued to evolve. "We built a program that followed a structured progression to introduce liver transplant capabilities to University Health System and have since performed more than 1,000 liver transplants," says Glenn Halff, MD, Director of the University Transplant Center and Professor of Surgery at UT Medicine.
Read story in Austin MD News, April 2014 | UT Transplant Center    (6-10-14)

photo Robert Esterl, MD, Professor of Transplant Surgery, UT Transplant Center, Department of Surgery, selected as recipient of prestigious 2013 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award: The Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors the annual Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award for a faculty member who best demonstrates the Foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence. Dr. Esterl also served as the keynote speaker at the School of Medicine's 2013 Convocation and White Coat Ceremony on Sunday July 21, 2013. More about Dr. Esterl | More about the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (7-23-13)

photo Congratulations to Bob Esterl, MD, Transplant, who has returned to the School of Medicine Dean's Office as Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education: Dr. Esterl's initial focus will be leadership and direction of the School of Medicine's Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation response and ensuring SACS compliance. He will also take a lead role in crafting the Medical Student Performance Evaluation and shepherding graduating students through the Match. More about Dr. Esterl (1-22-13)

photo University Transplant Center achieves record lung transplants in one year: Transplant surgeons recently performed the 40th lung transplant at the UT Transplant Center, also marking the 403rd lung transplant since the center – a partnership of University Health System and the UT Health Science Center San Antonio – began performing this procedure in 1987. The procedure allows patients to breathe on their own again and, despite such severely compromised patients, the survival rate is a remarkable 92 percent. Read HSC News story | (5-05-11)

photo Naveen Mittal, MD, UT Transplant, featured in Spring 2011 Mission magazine: In partnership with CHRISTUS, the UT Transplant Center surgeons and physicians are saving the lives of extremely ill children in South Texas and beyond with new transplant procedures for our very small patients. Naveen Mittal, MD, is one of many talented and dedicated physicians in the pediatric liver and kidney transplant center at CHRISTUS Children's Hospital in downtown San Antonio. Read Mission magazine article. | More about pediatric liver and kidney transplant services at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital (3-31-11)

photo San Antonio CEO 'victor' over pancreatic cancer: Diagnosed in 2010 with pancreatic cancer, Larry Baker, a 68-year-old Texas businessman, turned to the UTHSCSA Cancer Therapy and Research Center. Told by a local highly regarded surgeon that his tumor was inoperable, Mr. Baker sought a second opinion from CTRC and Transplant Center physicians. Transplant surgeons Ken Washburn, MD, (pictured left) and Jose Almeda, MD, (pictured right) moved forward with successful surgery to remove the tumor on the head of Mr. Baker's pancreas. HSC News story | More about Dr. Washburn | More about Dr. Almeda | (2-23-11)

photo Congratulations to Robert Esterl, MD, who has been selected as a Distinguished Teaching Professor by the Chancellor, the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs of the University of Texas System: This distinction is given to recognize faculty who have made significant contributions to education. Faculty who receive this distinction are also selected by their peers to become members of the Academy of Master Teachers. HSC News – HSC honors 175 stellar faculty members | More about Dr. Esterl (11-03-10)

photo Providing new options for patients with pancreatic or liver cancer – Jose Almeda, MD, interviewed for MDNews October 2010: Dr. Almeda and other members of the UT Transplant Center surgical team are taking a new approach. "We evaluate a patient's functional status rather than his or her chronological age, and we try to find solutions for all patients who will have a high quality of life after surgery." More about Dr. Almeda | MDNews San Antonio (10-13-10)

photo Lung transplant patient honored as 'medical miracle' at University Health System's annual UHS Foundation fundraiser: Kevin King, a lung transplant recipient, credits Luis Angel, MD, with the medical miracle of a new life. Diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, King's lungs developed multiple scars, resulting in a restricted ability to move air in and out. In March 2008, King received the gift of a new lung transplant. After some setbacks and problems, King is now doing great.    More information:    Adult Lung Transplant Program | UHS Medical Miracles Gala | More about Dr. Angel | Lung transplant 'Medical Miracle' patient - KENS-5 story, photos and video (5-7-10)

photo Tapestry of life and giving: Kidney disease patient Raymond McEntyre and his wife, Monique, tell the story of their experiences with the UT Transplant Center and Daniel Riley, MD, the nephrologist Mr. McEntyre credits with changing – and saving – his life. From the Winter 2010 edition of the School of Medicine's Future Magazine. Read the story on our website | UT Transplant Center Adult Kidney Transplant Program | Winter 2010 FUTURE magazine (3-31-10)

photo Beloved academic pediatrician celebrates lifesaving kidney transplant: After enduring a year of kidney dialysis, John Mangos, MD, pediatrician at the UT School of Medicine in San Antonio, asked Glenn Halff, MD, interim dean of the school and Professor and Director of the Transplant Center, why his team did not transplants older patients. Dr. Halff replied, 'We do," and explained that the prospect of a successful outcome — not age — was the determining factor. With Dr. Mangos' son-in-law's match for a living kidney donation, the transplant journey was underway.
Read the complete HSC News story about Dr. Mangos' lifesaving kidney transplant. (12-9-09)

photo Loving nephew helps uncle with lifesaving liver transplant: Thanks to his nephew, James Steffanic, Joe Steffanic has recently celebrated his 60th birthday. In late August, James donated a portion of his liver to his uncle. Transplant surgeons Drs. Glenn Halff, Kenneth Washburn and Vincent Speeg performed an advanced type of liver transplant surgery at the University Transplant Center. This was the first living donor liver transplant performed in the past two years because of the extremely selective matching procedures used. Joseph is healing and getting stronger every day. "What my nephew did is a beautiful thing. I'm very proud of him for stepping up to help save my life," he said. "The surgeons are wonderful, too. I feel like everything is going to be OK."
Read HSC News story (11-4-09)


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