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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Alexopoulos, Sophoclis P.; Samstein, Benjamin; Farmer, Douglas G.

Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation: April 2019 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p v
doi: 10.1097/MOT.0000000000000622

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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Sophoclis P. Alexopoulos

Dr Sophoclis P. Alexopoulos is Chief of the Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA and the Surgical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He obtained his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, New York, USA and completed a residency in general surgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA followed by a multi-organ abdominal transplant fellowship at Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.

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Benjamin Samstein

Dr Benjamin Samstein, MD is Chief of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery in the Department of Surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine and Associate Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. Dr Samstein is the Surgical Director of the Living Donor Liver Transplant Program at New York-Presbyterian, New York, USA. Dr Samstein received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his MD at the State University, Stony Brook, New York, USA in 1997. He did his internship and residency in general surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA and completed a research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in 2001. He completed a fellowship in ASTS multi-organ transplant at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in 2006. He joined faculty at Columbia University Medical Center where he served as Fellowship Director of the transplant surgery from 2007 to 2015. His research interests focus on minimally invasive liver surgery and live donor liver transplantation.

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Douglas G. Farmer

Dr Douglas G. Farmer, MD is a Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. He has been involved in intestinal transplantation since 1986. He has performed basic science research focusing on intestinal absorptive function, rejection, and ischemia reperfusion injury. He helped establish the clinical intestinal transplant program at UCLA in 1991 and became the first and only Director of Intestinal Transplantation at that institution. He has performed over 150 intestinal transplant procedures and cared for numerous patients with intestinal failure. He established the first comprehensive program at UCLA caring for patients with intestinal failure including medical, surgical, nutritional, and transplant options. Dr Farmer has published extensively on the subject and has been a prior Guest Editor for Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation. In this edition, the most current issues surrounding intestinal rehabilitation and transplantation are addressed.

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