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.
Dr Jim Kim is Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation in the Division of Hepatobiliary and Abdominal Transplant Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). Additionally, he is an attending surgeon at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA). His research interests have included investigations into allorecognition and mechanisms of rejection. His current clinical research interests are focused on the promotion of health outcomes in living donation and studying risk factors for graft loss in kidney and pancreas transplants.
Dr Kim graduated with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and received his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. Following his General Surgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), East Bay Program, he completed a Multi-Organ Transplantation fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior to joining the faculty at Keck Medical School of USC, he was Assistant Professor of Surgery at New York Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medicine.
Dr Emily Blodget, MD, MPH received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology at Stanford University. She then received her Masters in Public Health in Boston University before pursuing her medical degree in Ireland at the University College Cork. After completing her internship in Ireland, she completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the Mt. Sinai Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens New York. She moved back to California for fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center where she developed an interest in transplant Infectious Diseases. She became faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases in 2010 where she practices transplant Infectious Diseases. She has a special interest in resistant bacteria in solid organ transplant recipients.
Dr Javier Briceño, M.D, PhD is Chief of the Department of General and Digestive Surgery and Head of liver and pancreas transplant programs at the Reina Sofía University Hospital, Córdoba, Spain. He is currently the Coordinator of the abdominal organ transplant Section of the Spanish Association of Surgeons (AEC) and former scientific director of the Spanish Liver Transplant Society (SETH). He is the Research Coordinator within the solid organ transplant area of the Maimonides Biomedical Research Institute of Córdoba (IMIBIC). He is also a Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Seville, Spain.
His research focuses on expanded donor pool in liver transplantation, as well as introducing new liver donation techniques, such as laparoscopic donation in living donors and the use of ex vivo extracorporeal preservation machines. Currently, he is an enthusiast of robotic liver surgery.
He has published extensively and has been invited nationally and internationally to share his experience in Artificial Intelligence in Organ Transplantation. He is proud to have trained the next generation of liver transplant surgeons who then led other liver transplant programs in the country.