Organ donors give gift of life


Dr. Gazi B. Zibari, director of the John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center in Shreveport.(Photo: Submitted)
Dr. John C. McDonald was known to most people in our community first as a surgeon at LSU Health Sciences Center and, in his later years, as chancellor of the same institution. What many may not realize is that he was also a pioneer in organ transplantation, serving in national capacities as president of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Society of Transplantation, United Network for Organ Sharing, Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency and the Southern Surgical Society.
In 1977, he had a vision to bring organ transplantation to North Louisiana. Under his leadership, many developments evolved in organ transplant and many systems were implemented that would further the advancement in organ transplant, both nationally and here in Louisiana. During the infancy of organ transplant, McDonald perfected techniques that are taught to surgical residents and transplant fellows today.

Forty years later, I’m proud that McDonald’s legacy lives on and that his name is linked to our local center, the John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center at Willis-Knighton.

During April, which is Donate Life month, we are reminded of the honor our comprehensive team has to work to advance transplant surgery, not only for our patients but to enhance the legacy of Professor Emeritus and Chancellor Emeritus J.C. McDonald.

Since 1990 our center has performed more than 2,000 liver, kidney, pancreas and heart transplant surgeries, saving the lives of many people in the Ark-La-Tex. We hope that this community feels a sense of pride that Shreveport has the only transplant center in Louisiana outside of New Orleans and that we serve a large population in the region. Continue reading

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