Monday, December 15, 2008

Ouch, this hurts...

Dr. Abhi Humar Goes to Pittsburgh to Head Transplant Program

I've written about this before - sadly we have lost him.

For background - see A World Class Liver Transplant Surgeon at Minnesota, Let's Not Lose Him.

Humar named chief of transplantation at UPMC

Pittsburgh Business Times

Dr. Abhinav Humar has been named clinical director of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute and chief of the division of transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the hospital network announced Monday.

Humar currently serves as medical director of the Liver and Living Donor Programs at the Transplant Center of the University of Minnesota Medical Center. His appointment at UPMC is effective in March.

Humar received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa and completed his general surgical residency at the University of Ottawa in 1995 and a surgical fellowship in transplantation at the University of Minnesota. In 2000, he was appointed medical director for the Living Donor Transplant Program and also serves as a staff physician at Fairview University Medical Center and VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Humar’s areas of research include partial liver transplants and studies of hepatic regeneration and clinical outcome studies in kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He has received numerous National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical research grants.


Anonymous said...

Too bad for Humar, he doesn't know what he's getting into.

Mr. B. said...

I disagree...

I am sure Dr. Humar knows exactly what he is getting into. Starzl is still there and I am sure he will back Humar to the hilt. The problem predecessor was a sleaze and Starzl certainly doesn't want to leave this planet with his transplant program screwed up.

Pitt is very lucky to get Dr. Humar. He will not be taking shortcuts to get the number of transplants up.

Bill Gleason
U of M Med school
aka Mr. Bonzo

Anonymous said...

No Bob, you are wrong, Starzl has been excommunicated from The Starzl Transplant Institute by Dr. Humar's new boss. See this link with this quote: "Starzl said he received a letter telling him he could not enter UPMC premises -- including the Starzl Transplantation Institute at UPMC Montefiore in Oakland -- unless he needed personal medical care."

Read the whole article -- it's chilling. The problems at Minnesota are tiny compared to Pittsburgh.

Anonymous said...

You should see Dr. Humar's face now that he knows the mess he walked into. I feel bad for him, he really didn't understand. He seems like a nice guy. If you'll take him back, I think he'd come back.

Anonymous said...

Fortunately for me, Dr, Humar was present at Pittsburgh when I received a living donor transplant in April 2009. It's been two years since the transplant and I believe my well-being is due to Dr. Humar's guidance .