In a unique collaboration, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Mid-America Transplant and Washington University School of Medicine have joined together to create a new endowed distinguished chair focused on lung transplantation. Daniel Kreisel, MD, PhD, the surgical director of the lung transplant program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University, was recently installed as the inaugural recipient of the G. Alexander Patterson, MD/Mid-America Transplant Endowed Distinguished Chair in Lung Transplantation.
The endowed distinguished chair was made possible by an initiating gift from Mid-America Transplant and marks the first time an organ procurement organization (OPO) has established a research chair. The gift, which was made to the Foundation, was matched by the Department of Surgery and the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, representing an innovative collaboration between hospital, academic medical center and OPO.
“The synergy of this group of donors reflects a day-to-day collaboration that is the reason we have one of the leading programs in solid organ transplant in the world,” said Bob Cannon, president of BarnesJewish Hospital and group president of BJC HealthCare. “In fact, we are currently No. 4 in the nation for solid organ transplants. The hospital, the organ procurement organization and the surgeons work together every day to ensure our patients and their families have extraordinary experiences.”
President and CEO of Mid-America Transplant, Diane Brockmeier, shared that the organization makes this unprecedented gift with a responsibility and a privilege to honor the heroic and selfless gifts of organ and tissue donors. “We believe the most important way we can do that is through intentional stewardship of those gifts,” she said. “Our decision to make the initiating gift for this endowed distinguished chair is simply an act of stewardship because we are ensuring that right here in our own community we have world class surgeons and physicians like Dr. Patterson and Dr. Kreisel working each day to save more lives.”