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The Salvage, the Extreme and the Beat Goes On (Heart)

Tuesday September 15, 2020 - 08:15 to 10:00

Room: Channel 2

361.2 Lessons from DCD heart transplantation

Kumud K Dhital, India

Director of Cardiopulmonary Transplantation & MCS Program
Yashoda Hospitals


Professor Dhital has just relocated to India to take up the Directorship of Heart and Lung Transplantation and MCS Program at Yashoda Hospitals in Hyderabad. He was formerly the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery & Transplantation as well as the Program Director of Heart & Lung Services at the Alfred Hospital  and Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. 

Following a science degree in Physiology and Biochemistry followed by a PhD in Anatomy at the University of London, Kumud Dhital qualified in medicine at the University of Oxford with Cardiothoracic surgical training in the UK  at various institutions including the Royal Brompton and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals in London, John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford before a transplant fellowship at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge.

Between 2003-2005, he worked for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC, USA) as Assistant Professor of Surgery and the Director of a new Heart & Lung Transplant program which he helped to establish in Palermo, Italy for the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Therapies (IsMeTT). He subsequently returned to Papworth Hospital as a consultant cardiothoracic & transplant surgeon and Director Lung Transplantation. In 2009 he moved to a similar position at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia. In Sydney, he was an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of New Wales and on the Faculty at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI). Together with Prof Peter Macdonald, the Director of Heart Transplantation, they developed the donation after circulatory death (DCD) heart transplant program.  In July 2014, Prof Dhital performed the world’s first heart transplant with a distantly procured DCD heart. He was the lead surgeon for the St Vincent's Hospital's DCD heart transplant program which to date has performed 37 successful transplants from this donation pathway. Beyond his interest in surgery for cardio-pulmonary failure, he provides a comprehensive cardiac and thoracic surgical practice including pulmonary endarterectomy for Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension. Prof Dhital also has significant teaching responsibilities for medical students and junior surgeons. This is complemented with a basic and translational research program with supervision of higher degree research students.  He moved to the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne in January 2019.

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