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5.21.2013

Transplant Surgeon Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A., Elected President of National Urologic Society

Gaetano Ciancio M.D., M.B.A., professor of surgery and urology, has been elected President of the Urologic Society for Transplantation and Renal Surgery, an academic forum within the American Urological Association.

Elected by society members and announced at the society’s annual meeting in San Diego on May 7, Ciancio will serve a one-year term.

“This prestige is not for me, but for the University of Miami,” said Ciancio, who is also the Brandon Kyle Simonsen Endowed Chair in Transplant Surgery and Chief Medical Officer and Chief Academic Officer of the Miami Transplant Institute. “It is a great representation of the University that they entrust me as president of this important academic society.”

As president, Ciancio will oversee the society’s robust program for next year’s annual meeting, work to increase international membership by expanding eligibility to all urologic surgeons worldwide, and develop an awards program to recognize exceptional contributions to the field.

Ciancio, a celebrated kidney surgeon who is responsible for promoting and developing physician relationships, identifying, recruiting and cultivating talent, and leading research at the Miami Transplant Institute, is also a distinguished leader in transplantation abroad. He has traveled throughout the world as a visiting professor, performing multiple transplants and oncology surgeries in several Latin American and European countries and helped establish kidney transplant programs, including the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy program at Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A passionate advocate for organ donation, he has worked tirelessly to address the critical shortage of donor organs, especially among minorities, by educating the South Florida community about the need.

The same week he was elected President, Ciancio travelled to Chicago to train urology residents at the University of Illinois, where he was invited as a visiting professor. In a full day of presentations, he highlighted surgical innovations pioneered at UM, including advanced techniques for resection of large renal and adrenal masses with vascular extension. He also taught the residents laparoscopic set up and techniques for resection of renal and adrenal masses, and discussed outcomes and complications of major renal resection when there is vascular involvement and how to minimize risk.

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