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Shands in Florida to Reinstate Transplant Program After Hiring Chief of Transplantation

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The transplant program at Shands HealthCare at the University of Florida in Gainesville may resume operations after the healthcare organization hired a new chief of transplantation surgery, according to a Gainesville Sun report.

Shands suspended its liver and pancreas transplant programs last August when three of its four key surgeons left after accepting positions at the University of Minnesota, Emory University in Atlanta and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Shands officials said, at the time, the suspension was voluntary and temporary as the organization worked to recruit multi-organ surgeons.

After hiring Jeffrey Fair, MD, as chief of the division of transplantation surgery, Shands and the University of Florida filed paperwork with the United Network for Organ Sharing. Pending UNOS' approval, Shands' transplant program could be conducting liver transplants as early as the end of this month.

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