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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Lerut, Jan P.; Farmer, Douglas G.; Racusen, Lorraine C.

Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation: June 2014 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/MOT.0000000000000092
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 Section Editors for this issue.

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Jan P. Lerut

Jan Lerut, MD, PhD trained in general surgery at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) Belgium, under the lead of Prof. J. A. Gruwez, at the H. Heine University of Dusseldorf, Germany, under the lead of Prof. K. Kremer and at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium, under the lead of Prof. P. J. Kestens.

From the very start of his surgical career he was involved in organ transplantation. This interest resulted in a transplantation fellowship at the Universities Paris-Sud-Centre Hépatobiliaire, Hôpital Paul Brousse, France, under the lead of Prof. H. Bismuth and at University Pittsburgh Medical Centre, USA, under the lead of Prof. Thomas Starzl. He was Director of the abdominal transplant program at the Inselspital University of Bern, Swtizerland, from 1987 to 1991.

Currently he is Professor of Surgery and Co-director of the Department of Abdominal and Transplantation Surgery as well as Director of the Starzl Abdominal Transplant Unit of the University Hospitals Saint Luc and of the UCL Transplant Centre in Brussels, Belgium.

He has served as President of the Belgian Society of Transplantation (BST), as Chairman of the Eurotransplant (ET) Liver Allocation Committee (ELIAC) and as President of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT). He is member of different councils and learning societies related to surgery and transplantation as well of the Belgian Superior Health Council. He is active in the EUROLIVER Foundation awareness campaigns for adolescents in relation to organ donation.

Under his Presidency of the ELIAC, the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) system was introduced within the ET community. His Presidency of ESOT was devoted to the broadening of the European transplant community and to the development of a master educational program in the field of transplantation. He was chosen President-elect of International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS) in 2014. In September 2015, he will host the 17th bi-annual ESOT congress in Brussels. He is a member of 22 learning societies.

Prof. Lerut has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, 24 books chapters and 24 scientific films. He made more than 600 communications on national and international congresses, most of them devoted to liver transplantation. He recently co-edited the book Regenerative Medicine Applications in Organ Transplantation (Academic press).

His research interests focus on the development of technical refinements in liver transplantation and on the use of minimal immunosuppression and tolerance induction in liver transplantation.

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Douglas G. Farmer

Dr Farmer is a graduate from Duke University, USA, he received his surgical training at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, and has been a full-time faculty member in the Dumont-UCLA Transplant Center in the Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation since completion of his surgical training in 1998. He has extensive experience in adult and pediatric liver transplantation, intestinal transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery, and complex gastrointestinal surgery. He has published on many transplant related topics.

Dr Farmer is currently a Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In 1999, he was appointed as the Director of the Intestinal Transplant Program in the Dumont-UCLA Transplant Center - the first such program of its kind in the Western USA. He has guided this program into one of the world's busiest and most successful intestinal/multivisceral transplant programs. Under his leadership, the Intestinal Transplant Program became one of only 5 programs in the country certified by the Department of Health and Human Services in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid in 2003. His experience with the care of these very complex patients led to the development of a multidisciplinary intestinal rehabilitation center. He also served as Chair of the 10th International Small Bowel Transplant Symposium in 2007 in Santa Monica, CA. He has since served two terms on the Council of the Intestinal Transplant Association and is currently President of that organization.

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Lorraine C. Racusen

Lorraine C. Racusen, MD, FASN, obtained her MD from the University of Vermont, USA, followed by a research fellowship in GI pathophysiology at Yale-New Haven, USA. She completed house-staff training in anatomic pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA, followed by a fellowship in renal pathology at Johns Hopkins. She joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins as Assistant Professor of Pathology, and was appointed as Professor of Pathology in 2001. Her research interests are in acute kidney injury, and transplant pathology and rejection diagnosis. Prof. Racusen is Co-organizer of the ongoing biennial Banff Conferences on Allograft Pathology. She is Past-President of the Renal Pathology Society, and the recipient of the Jacob Churg award for achievements in Renal Pathology. She has travelled extensively, both nationally and internationally, speaking on native and transplant kidney pathology. Prof. Racusen is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Society of Pathology, and of Clinical Transplantation. She is a reviewer for many journals, including: American Journal of Transplantation (AJT), Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). She is active in committees of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) and American Society of Nephrology (ASN). Prof. Racusen also established the fellowship in Renal Pathology at Johns Hopkins.

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