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We lose a heavy hitter, a good man, and a wonderful doc

From the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center site:

UPMC Appoints New Transplant Chief

PITTSBURGH, December 15, 2008 — Abhinav Humar, M.D., a nationally recognized expert in abdominal transplantation, has been appointed clincal director of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute and chief, Division of Transplantation in the Department of Surgery at UPMC. Dr. Humar will oversee all clinical and clinical research activities of one of the world’s most active transplant programs. Dr. Humar is expected to assume the position by March 2009.

“Dr. Humar is known as a gifted surgeon and a man of integrity and his credentials speak for themselves,? said Timothy R. Billiar, M.D., the George V. Foster professor of surgery and chairman, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “His presence at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute will enable us to continue providing the most advanced care possible to patients with end-stage organ failure. Additionally, his skills as a scholar in academic medicine will help bolster the mission of the Starzl Institute by fostering the continual improvement of the clinical, scientific and social aspects of transplantation to improve the lives of our patients.?

Dr. Humar currently serves as medical director of the Liver and Living Donor Programs at the Transplant Center of the University of Minnesota Medical Center and professor of surgery in the Division of Transplantation Surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

“This position at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh is an unparalleled opportunity,? said Dr. Humar. “The caliber of professionals, support and legacy that exists at UPMC and Pitt are outstanding. I am extremely honored and tremendously excited to be working with this dedicated team and to be in a position to carry out both the vision and the mission of the Starzl Transplant Institute.?

“With Dr. Humar joining an already outstanding transplant team, the Starzl Institute will continue its distinguished tradition of leading the field in research and clinical advances that improve treatment not only for our own patients but for transplant patients everywhere,? said Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

I have been following this situation and have posted previously on it:

A World Class Liver Transplant Surgeon At Minnesota
Let's Not Lose Him

As an old Pittsburgher whose first job was at Pitt - I have mixed feelings about this. Certainly the situation at Pitt must be extremely attractive to Dr. Humar. On the other hand he is exactly the kind of person we badly need here at Minnesota. So (gulp) congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Abhi Humar.

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