Whole-organ pancreas transplants and partial liver transplant programs arepriorities for renowned transplant surgeon at Cedars-Sinai

LOS ANGELES (August 27, 1999) -- Christopher R. Shackleton, M.D., an organ transplant specialist known for his high rates of success, his involvement in the establishment of transplantation programs and policies in Canada, and his previous work in Southern California, has returned to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to assist in a major expansion of transplantation services.

Among his top priorities are the implementation of a kidney/pancreas transplant program, and to guide the development of programs in partial liver transplantation for both adults and children said Achilles A. Demetriou, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the medical center's surgery department.

"Dr. Shackleton is an accomplished transplant surgeon. In fact, he brings tremendous technical expertise and experience in a number of areas," said Dr. Demetriou. "He has proven credentials, impeccable skills, and he is adding a new dimension to a very strong program."

A native Canadian, Dr. Shackleton served on the faculty of the Department of Surgery at the University of British Columbia from 1988 to 1993. He established a provincial organ retrieval team, directed British Columbia's organ procurement network, and co-founded the liver transplant program in Vancouver. The programs maintained the highest rates of organ retrieval and graft success in Canada, and Dr. Shackleton received national recognition for his contributions to the Canadian transplant community.

In 1993, Dr. Shackleton came to Southern California to help breathe new life into the whole-organ pancreas transplant program at the University of California Los Angeles. He also played a major role in UCLA's pediatric liver transplant program, introducing microsurgical techniques of arterial reconstruction that resulted in better function and improved success rates.

Dr. Shackleton served from 1995 to 1997 as program director for Cedars-Sinai's Center for Liver Diseases and

Contact: Sandra Van
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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