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Maria B. Magella Doyle, Physiciana highly reputed Liver Transplant Surgeon, awarded the Mid-America Distinguished Chair for Abdominal Transplant/Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Doyle, MD, professor of surgery, is the surgical director of the liver transplant program at Barnes Jewish School of Medicine and the pediatric liver transplant program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She also runs the Hepatobiliary Fellowship Program. Her focus is on adult and pediatric hepatobiliary, pancreatic and pancreatic surgery as well as liver and kidney transplantation.
Doyle has been installed as inaugural chair by David H. Perlmutter, MDExecutive Vice Adviser for Medical Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine George and Carol Bauer; Angelleen Peters-Lewis, Ph.D., chief operating officer and chief executive nurse at Barnes Jewish Hospital; Faculty of medicine Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, Bixby Professor of Surgery, chief of surgery and director of the Siteman Cancer Center; And the William C. Chapman, MDchief of surgery Eugene M. Bricker, director of general surgery, chief of transplant, and surgical director of the transplant center.
“The partnership between Mid-America Transplant, University of Washington Department of Surgery and our hospital institution to create this chair exemplifies the collaboration that has made our program a national leader in solid organ transplantation,” he said. John Lynch, MDPresident of Barnes Jewish Hospital. “Every day, we work together to provide exceptional care to our patients, along with compassionate support to guide patients and their families through every stage of their journey.”
Lynch added that the creation of the awarding chair honors an excellent transplant surgeon – but also a champion organ and tissue donor. “As a member of the Mid-America Transplant Board of Directors and as a pulmonologist who has been involved in our transplant program for many years, I am very proud to be a part of this,” he said.
From Cork, Ireland, Doyle joined the University of Washington in 2005 as a Clinical Fellow. In 2012, she received her MBA from the University of Washington while she was an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Abdominal Transplantation.
“Dr. Doyle is an example of what sets our program apart,” Perlmutter said. “She works in a field of medicine that demands amazing skill, wisdom, and empathy. She is an expert in the blend of science and art, convergences of technical precision and innovation, poised under intense pressure but delivered with tenderness and love. I am very happy to honor a leader in this field who will continue to advance this medical school and hospital Barnes the Jew and the entire farming program.”
Doyle’s research interests include clinical outcomes, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver transplantation, and donor management. It has also focused on the value of independent organ recovery facilities, including a study evaluating six years of data from Mid-America Transplant, which recovers organs from donors in eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and northeastern Arkansas and cares for organs until they are transported to a designated hospital for transplant.
Study results show that moving donor management from hospitals when possible improves efficiency and increases donor organ production, resulting in more usable organs for each donor. Her work has also shown that stand-alone organ recovery facilities dramatically lower costs, take pressure off crowded hospitals, and reduce surgeons’ travel.
Diane Brockmere, president and CEO of Mid-America Transplant, said the organization is grateful for the relationship with Doyle. “Her leadership and inspiring contributions to the transplant community are invaluable,” Bruckmere said. “Her true passion for our shared mission of saving lives will undoubtedly continue to make a significant and lasting impact on transplants and the patients receiving those lifesaving gifts.”
Doyle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College Dublin before completing her medical studies at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She completed her surgical residency in the Irish General Surgical Training Program at the Royal College of Surgeons before undertaking a research fellowship at the University of Cork in Cork, Ireland. She then completed Clinical Fellowships in Abdominal Transplantation at the University of Washington, after which she joined the faculty.