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Lung Transplant Pioneer Named to Order of Canada

Jan 06, 2015

Dr. Shav Keshavjee, innovator in thoracic sugery

Toronto, ON – University Health Network (UHN) surgeon-in-chief, Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, an innovator in thoracic surgery whose work has improved the lives of lung transplant patients in Canada and around the world, has been named an officer of the Order of Canada.

Lung transplantation is a life-saving procedure for many patients with advanced lung disease. The first successful lung transplant surgery was performed in 1983 at Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Keshavjee trained at Toronto General and now heads the hospital’s world-renowned Lung Transplant Program.

“Dr. Keshavjee’s work in developing lung preservation solutions, extracorporeal lung support – the “lung in a box” – and treatment of early lung failure after transplantation, has been transformative,” said Dr. John Granton, Head of Respirology at UHN and chair of the Ontario Lung Association.

“His leadership of a strong group of individuals committed to advancing the care of the transplant patient has had international influence. By continuing to innovate and develop new strategies, they are setting the course for lung transplantation. The Order of Canada recognizes his enormous contribution in improving the lives of Canadians with advanced lung disease.”

As well as his roles as surgeon-in-chief and James Wallace McCutcheon chair in surgery at UHN and director of the Toronto Lung Transplant Program, Dr. Keshavjee is a senior scientist at UHN’s McEwan Centre for Regenerative Medicine and professor in the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto.

He has previously been honoured with the Order of Ontario and two Queen’s Jubilee Medals.


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