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Transplant Anesthesia

HabibThe organ transplant program at UMass Memorial Medical Center has been one of the leading multi-organ transplant centers in New England since 1985. UMass has performed over 700 kidney transplants from live and deceased donors since 1986. We continue to provide both pediatric and adult kidney transplant services. Currently, about 50 kidney transplants are performed per year. Since 1998 we have performed over 100 pancreas transplants and over 400 liver transplants. We perform both deceased and living-donor liver transplants. UMass Memorial is the leading center for living-donor liver transplantation in New England.

With regard to the liver transplant division, our dedicated anesthesiology staff adheres to accepted best practices and maintains superlative communication between the specialties by having a close working relationship with the surgical team.

The residents will have the chance to do many liver transplant cases during their training. The experience gained will be the ultimate in the integration of knowledge and technical skills. Trainees will learn cardiovascular, respiratory, and hepatic physiology, and the application of this knowledge to hepatic transplantation, major hepatic resections, and all aspects of perioperative management. The use of ultrasonic guidance in vessel cannulation is ubiquitous in these coagulopathic patients. The trainee will gain experience with rapid infusion systems, cell salvage, and all forms of physiologic monitoring. They will manage coagulation changes with blood products as well as using pharmacological interventions as needed. They will also use preventive measures against hypothermia in patients undergoing prolonged surgeries and will manage acid/base and electrolyte abnormalities. Finally, they will safely transport the patient and transfer care to the ICU team.

The continually expanding volume of our program will enrich the education experience of residents who rotate through the anesthesia services.

-Dr. Farajallah Habib, Chief of Transplant Anesthesia

Transplant Anesthesia Team

Gustavo Angaramo, MD
Farajallah Habib, MD
Chandra Joshi, MD
Christian Mueller, MD
J. Matthias Walz, MD