Dr. Sam Salama Named Executive Director of LAORA

Sam Salama, M.D., assistant professor of clinical surgery, has been named Executive Director of the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (LAORA) at the Miller School of Medicine. A division of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, LAORA is one of the nation’s 58 federally designated organ recovery agencies certified and regulated by the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Salama earned his M.D. from the University of Damascus School of Medicine, in Syria, and trained in surgery, internal medicine and critical care in Syria, France and the U.S. He joined LAORA in 2009, after completing his surgical fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, as Senior Director overseeing the Clinical, Surgical Recovery, Hospital Development and Community departments. Prior to his new appointment, he served as LAORA’s Chief Medical Officer and Interim Executive Director.

“I’m delighted that the LAORA Board of Governors has selected Dr. Salama as the Executive Director,” said Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor of surgery, radiology, and biochemistry and molecular biology, David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, and Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery. “Dr. Salama’s experience, professionalism, dedication and collaborative leadership skills will propel LAORA to new heights in the successful fulfillment of its life-saving mission across our Donation Service Area.”

“Serving organ-donor families is a life-changing experience,” said Salama, “and I am fortunate to do it every day. Now I am further humbled and honored by the trust of the LAORA Board of Governors and its Chair, Dr. Velazquez, to lead the LAORA team in serving our community, saving lives through caring for our heroes and their families.”

“I am confident that working with his colleagues, Dr. Salama and LAORA will provide excellent service to our transplant community,” said Andreas G. Tzakis, M.D., founding Director of the Miami Transplant Institute, a collaborative program between the Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, and currently Surgical Director of the Liver and Kidney Transplant Program at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

LAORA is a non-profit organization that saves lives through organ donation and transplantation, as well as providing organs and tissues for research to advance medical science. The agency serves a population of more than six million in the six counties of South Florida and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

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