The Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Liver Foundation (ALF) recently named Cataldo Doria, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and director of the Division of Transplantation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, "Transplant Surgeon of the Year" for his outstanding service to the medical community and to patients with liver disease.

The ALF Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Committee members recognized Dr. Doria with the honor at the foundation's annual Honors Gala. According to the ALF, Dr. Doria won the award because his service to the medical community has been remarkable and his commitment has benefited many patients and liver transplant recipients in the region.

"I am extremely honored to be recognized in such a way by this chapter of the American Liver Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting liver health and educating the community about disease prevention," said Dr. Doria. "Having this honor bestowed upon me this year is even more gratifying as we mark the 25th anniversary of the first liver transplant in the area, which was performed here at Jefferson."

Dr. Doria is a multi-organ transplant surgeon with extensive expertise in liver and kidney transplantation, as well as numerous other hepato-biliary surgical procedures. He also organized and participated in the first laparoscopic nephrectomy with ureterectomy for living related kidney transplantation ever performed in Italy.

His research interests include issues in liver transplantation, transplant immunology, usage of artificial liver, and surgical treatment of liver cancer without usage of blood. Dr. Doria has been listed in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in America and Guide to America's Top Physicians. Dr. Doria was instrumental in making Jefferson the fastest growing liver transplant program in the region, with the highest patient and graft survival and the lowest mortality rate of those patients on the transplant waiting list. He recently secured the authorization to proceed with live donor liver transplantation.

He is a member of numerous professional and scientific societies including the Cell Transplant Society, the Academy of Surgical Research, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, AIPAC Associazione Italiana Professori a Contratto (Italian Association Professors of Surgery), the Transplantation Society, the Italian Society of Surgery, the International Liver Transplantation Society, the European Society for Organ Transplantation, the American Society of Transplantation, and the International College of Surgeons (United States Section), American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association, The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, American College of Surgeons, Society For The Advancement Of Blood Management and The Society of University Surgeons.

Dr. Doria completed a clinical fellowship in multi-organ transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh and a research fellowship in transplantation at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in Immunology in 2006 from the University of Catania School of Medicine in Catania, Italy. He received a doctor of medicine degree in 1990 from the University of Perugia School of Medicine in Perugia, Italy, graduating magna cum laude, where he also completed his residency in general surgery. Dr. Doria g 58 peer-reviewed articles and 5 book chapters.


Source: Ed Federico
Thomas Jefferson University

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