A call to action in thoracic transplant surgical training

A. Siddique, K. R. Parekh, S. J. Huddleston, A. Shults, J. E. Locke, S. Keshavamurthy, G. Schwartz, M. G. Hartwig, B. A. Whitson

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Thoracic organ recovery and implantation is increasing in complexity. Simultaneously the logistic burden and associated cost is rising. An electronic survey distributed to the surgical directors of thoracic transplant programs in the United States indicated dissatisfaction amongst 72% of respondents with current procurement training and 85% of respondents favored a process for certification in thoracic organ transplantation. These responses highlight concerns for the current paradigm of training in thoracic transplantation. We discuss the implications of advancements in organ retrieval and implant for surgical training and propose that the thoracic transplant community might address the need through formalized training in procurement and certification in thoracic transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
A.S. discloses research and consulting relationship with Transmedics Inc. M.G.H. discloses research or consulting relationships with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Transmedics, Biomedinnovations, Paragonix, Proterris, and CSL Behring. S.J.H. discloses research funding from TransMedics, Inc. and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 International Society for the Heart and Lung Transplantation


  • heart transplant
  • lung transplant
  • mechanical support
  • organ preservation
  • organ recovery
  • surgical training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Transplantation


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