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  Benjamin Philosophe, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery University of Maryland School of Medicine
Head, Abdominal Transplant Program University of Maryland Medical Center

Benjamin Philosophe, M.D., Ph.D., head the University of Maryland’s Division of Transplantation, specializes in liver, pancreas and kidney transplants.

Dr. Philosophe came to the University of Maryland in 1997 as a fellow, and then joined the faculty in 1998. Since then, he has helped develop the medical center’s living donor liver program, in which part of the liver from a living donor provides a lifesaving transplant for a person in liver failure.

Dr. Philosophe’s research focuses on the role of the liver in preventing organ rejection following a transplant. In 2001, he published a large, authoritative study demonstrating that a particular surgical approach could significantly reduce organ rejection among people who have a pancreas transplant. He showed that connecting a transplanted pancreas to the blood vessel that drains into the liver, instead of the traditional technique of bypassing the liver, helps the body’s immune system to become more tolerant of the new organ, decreasing rejection.

Dr. Philosophe received his medical degree and his Ph.D at Boston University. He did his surgical residency at Barnes Hospital, Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis before coming to the University of Maryland.

Adrian E. Park, M.D. F.R.C.S. (C) F.A.C.S.   Adrian E. Park, M.D. F.R.C.S. (C) F.A.C.S.

Campbell and Jeanette Plugge Professor of Surgery University of Maryland School of Medicine
Chief of General Surgery University of Maryland Medical Center

Adrian E. Park, M.D., is chief of general surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Park, a renowned laparoscopic surgeon, joined the University of Maryland after six years with the University of Kentucky where he was director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, head of surgical endoscopy and chief of the section of gastrointestinal surgery. In addition, he was a professor of surgery and the Commonwealth Professor of Minimally Invasive Surgery, an endowed professorship. Prior to that, Dr. Park was on the faculty in the Department of Surgery at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.

After completing his bachelor of sciences with honors at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Dr. Park received his medical degree from McMaster University. Dr. Park continued his training as an intern, resident and chief resident in general surgery in Ontario. He also completed a fellowship in laparoscopic/endoscopic surgery at Hotel Dieu de Montreal.

Dr. Park's clinical interests lie in the field of minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery including the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux, achalasia, hiatal hernia, intestinal disorders and ventral/incisional hernias. He also has extensive experience and interest in laparoscopic splenic and adrenal surgery. He is an active researcher in minimally invasive surgery and has been directly involved in initiating, developing, and applying new techniques and technologies in endoscopic surgery.

Stephen T. Bartlett, M.D.   Stephen T. Bartlett, M.D.

Barbara Baur Dunlap Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Stephen T. Bartlett, M.D., a nationally-recognized transplant surgeon, is Chairman of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Dr. Bartlett, who is also the Barbara Baur Dunlap Professor of Surgery, came to Baltimore in 1991 from the University of California at Davis to lead the University of Maryland’s Division of Transplantation. Within only five years, he had developed the medical center’s kidney and pancreas transplant program into one of the largest and most successful programs in the United States, known for excellent patient care, innovation and community outreach. By the mid-1990’s, Dr. Bartlett had also performed Maryland’s first simultaneous pancreas/kidney transplant and its first successful pancreas-alone transplant.

Working with colleagues in general surgery, Dr. Bartlett was also a leader in the development of the laparoscopic, or minimally invasive technique for removing a kidney from a living kidney donor, which opened the door for many patients with kidney failure to identify a living donor.

Dr. Bartlett, who is board certified in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery, received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He received residency training in general surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and did a vascular surgery fellowship at Northwestern University.

Dr. Bartlett leads a wide variety of large basic and clinical research projects, including islet cell transplantation and kidney transplantation in HIV+ patients.


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