Miller School Professor Edits First Comprehensive Textbook on Transplant Anesthesia

A Miller School professor has edited the first scholarly textbook in the field of transplant anesthesia and critical care.

“Transplant anesthesiology is an emerging field of medicine that requires specialized skills and knowledge,” said Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., professor and Chief of the Division of Solid Organ Transplant and Vascular Anesthesia at the Miami Transplant Institute, a collaborative program between the Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Written by 72 internationally renowned specialists, including 13 Miller School faculty members, the “Oxford Textbook of Transplant Anaesthesia and Critical Care” addresses the vital anesthetic and intensive care aspects of organ transplantation, including kidney, pancreas, combined kidney-pancreas, liver, intestinal, heart, lung, combined heart-lung and multivisceral procedures.

“This textbook includes data from organ transplant practices across the world, and covers everything from basic science and organ procurement to post-transplant care and ethical issues,” said Pretto, editor-in-chief of the 42-chapter book published recently by Oxford University Press. He led an international team of editors, and contributed to several chapters.

“Transplant patients require expertise in critical care and management of serious conditions, including loss of blood, coagulation and other cardiovascular problems,” said Pretto. “Anesthesiologists need to understand the anatomy and surgical techniques during these procedures, as well as the use of anesthesia drugs and advanced metabolic and physiological monitoring modalities.”

Each organ-based section of the book covers the underlying disease, planning for transplantation, specialized procedures, perioperative and critical care management as well as post-transplant considerations.

“We also look at future developments in transplant immunology and current clinical research and hope to inspire practitioners to participate in the further advancement of the science of transplantation,” Pretto said.

Contributing Miller School authors include George W. Burke III, M.D., professor of surgery, Linda J. Chen, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., professor of surgery and urology, Associate Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, and Director of Urologic Transplant Surgery, Robin N. Fiore, Ph.D., voluntary professor at University of Miami Ethics Programs, Kyota Fukazawa, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology, Katherine G. Hoctor, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, Lydia M. Jorge, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, Seigo Nishida, MD, professor of clinical surgery, liver and gastrointestinal transplant at the Miami Transplant Institute, J. Sudharma Ranasinghe, M.D., professor of clinical anesthesiology and Chief of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia, Camillo Ricordi, M.D., professor of surgery and medicine and Chief of the Division of Cellular Transplantation and Director of the Diabetes Research Institute, Antonello Pileggi, M.D., PhD., professor of surgery, microbiology, immunology and biomedical engineering, Diabetes Research Institute, Phillip Ruiz, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology, and Fouad G. Souki, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology.

Many of the Miller School co-authors practice at the Miami Transplant Institute, which is one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the nation with more than 450 abdominal and cardiothoracic transplants each year. It is the oldest transplant program in South Florida with a 45-year history of serving patients from the region and around the world.

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