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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Petrowsky, Henrik; Hammerman, Marc R.; Coffman, Kathy L.

Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation: April 2014 - Volume 19 - Issue 2 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/MOT.0000000000000070
Editorial introductions

Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation was launched in 1996. It is part of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of organ transplantation is divided into 18 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.

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Henrik Petrowsky

In 1995, Dr Petrowsky received his medical degree from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. He started his surgical residency at the University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany and completed his training at the University Zürich, Switzerland in 2004. During his surgical training Dr Petrowsky completed a 2-year research fellowship with Dr Yuman Fong at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, USA working on novel oncolytic viral therapies for liver cancer.

In 2005, he was appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University Zürich and trained with Dr Pierre-Alain Clavien completing a clinical fellowship in hepatopancreatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation at the University Hospital Zürich from 2005 to 2007. Subsequently, he completed a multi-organ transplant fellowship with Dr Ronald W. Busuttil at the University of California Los Angeles, USA and joined the faculty of the University of California Los Angeles, USA as liver transplant attending in 2009. In 2013, Dr Petrowsky was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery and Chief of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery at the University Hospital Zürich and as Professor of Surgery at the University of Zürich in Switzerland. His current practice consists of liver transplantation and hepatopancreatobiliary surgery.

Dr Petrowsky has a strong interest in translational and clinical outcome research in liver transplantation and hepatopancreatobiliary surgery which is mirrored in numerous publications on these topics. He has received scientific awards from the Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation, Swiss Transplant Society, and UCLA Faculty Senate. Dr Petrowsky is an active member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, International Liver Transplantation Society, and the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. Recently, he was appointed to join the journal's Editorial Board.

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Marc R. Hammerman

Dr Marc R. Hammerman is the Chromalloy Professor of Renal Diseases in Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, USA. For the past 23 years he has served as Director of the Washington University Renal Division in the Department of Internal Medicine. He is Nephrologist in Chief at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis Missouri, USA. Dr Hammerman, a native of St. Louis, was born at Barnes Hospital, the institution at which he has spent his entire professional career. He is a graduate of Washington University and its school of Medicine, trained in internal medicine at the former Barnes Hospital/Washington University and at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard, USA, in endocrinology and metabolism at Baltimore City Hospital/Johns Hopkins, USA, and later at Washington University, and served in the USPHS Commissioned Corps at the National Institutes of Health. Dr Hammerman's longstanding research interest is the regulation of renal development, growth and repair following injury. He is best known for his innovative studies on the use of growth factors to treat renal disease and on the potential use of transplanted embryonic primordia as organ replacement therapy (organogenesis). He is the inventor for several patents in the fields of growth factor therapy and renal and pancreatic organogenesis. Dr Hammerman is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi and was recognized as an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association. Dr Hammerman has published more than 200 original manuscripts, reviews and book chapters and has spoken at more than 100 national and international venues.

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Kathy L. Coffman

Dr Kathy L. Coffman is an attending psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA. She attended Wayne State School of Medicine, USA, and did an internship in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, USA, and a psychiatry residency at University of Chicago, USA. She also did a two-year fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at University of Michigan. She is board certified in Addiction psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. She has been involved with the field of transplant psychiatry since her residency over the last twenty years. Dr Coffman's research interests include maintaining sobriety in alcoholic liver transplant recipients, HIV, and psychological issues in lung disease. She is a current member of the psychiatry committee for the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for development of test questions for the US Medical Licensing Examination. She has been involved in grant review for the NIMH, and has been a reviewer for Psychomatics and other journals.

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