After a national search, transplant surgeon, researcher and educator John Fung, MD, PhD, FACS, has been selected as chief of the Section of Transplantation Surgery and director of the new University of Chicago Medicine Transplantation Institute.
Fung, a highly respected surgeon with more than 30 years of experience in kidney, liver, pancreas, islet and intestinal transplantation, will assume the role in mid-September. He previously served as director of the Cleveland Clinic Health System Center for Transplantation, overseeing transplant services in Ohio, Florida, Indiana and West Virginia.
“The University of Chicago has a long history as a pioneer in organ transplantation, from some of the very first experiments in the 1900s to the first living donor liver transplant in the world in 1989,” said Jeffrey Matthews, MD, the Dallas B. Phemister Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at UChicago Medicine. “Dr. Fung brings a wealth of experience that will carry on this tradition by adopting innovative approaches and technologies to care for patients in every stage of the transplant process.”