University of Chicago Medicine snares top transplant surgeon


University of Chicago Medicine has recruited an internationally renowned surgeon to elevate and expand its organ-transplant program.

Dr. John Fung, formerly head of general surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and a 1982 graduate of the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine, is returning to his roots in medicine to become director of U of C's newly created Transplantation Institute.

Fung, 60, has more than 30 years of experience in kidney, liver, pancreas, islet and intestinal transplantation. He earned a doctorate in immunology from the University of Chicago, was a transplant surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and has published more than 1,000 articles and book chapters.

“I want to build a top-notch program, not only clinically but research- and teaching-wise, the traditional hallmarks of academic medicine,” Fung said in an interview from New Zealand, where he was celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary. “I see some innovations I could bring from my time in Pittsburgh and my time in Cleveland that could benefit Chicago and the region. It's not a reboot. We're going to add critical mass.” Continue reading
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