MILWAUKEE (8/21/2012) - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin have formed a joint solid organ transplant program to care for pediatric and adult patients in need of a solid organ transplant.
Johnny C. Hong, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been recruited from the Ronald Reagan University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to head the collaborative program. Dr. Hong will serve as director of solid organ transplant at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital, and has also been named to the advisory board of the Wisconsin Donor Network at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin. He also has been named the first Mark B. Adams Professor of Surgery at MCW.
Dr. Hong comes to MCW, Froedtert and Children's Hospital from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he served as director of the liver transplantation service and the living donor liver transplant program. He was also an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at UCLA (division of liver and pancreas transplantation).
Dr. Hong is a highly-accomplished and innovative clinician and researcher, specializing in the area of liver transplantation. He was awarded a career development award from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases for his work in the study of hepatic reperfusion injury, which can be a fatal event when blood supply is restored to a transplanted liver during the transplantation procedure. Dr. Hong is internationally known for his expertise in all aspects of abdominal transplantations, and is widely published in his field.
"Dr. Hong has devoted his career to advancing the care of patients with liver disease through innovations in transplantation, and we are pleased to add his expertise and passion for patient care to our superb multidisciplinary liver program," said Douglas B. Evans, M.D., the Donald C. Ausman Family Foundation Professor and Chair in Surgery at MCW.
Joseph E. Kerschner, M.D., MCW Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President, added, "A spirit of collaboration between MCW and our clinical partners at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital made this unique recruitment possible. The newly established joint solid organ transplant program at both Froedtert and Children's is expected to help improve care for our pediatric and adult patients in need of a solid organ transplant."
Dr. Hong received his medical degree from University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in the Philippines in 1991. He completed a residency in surgery at the National Kidney & Transplant Institute in Quezon City, Philippines, in 1994, and went on to complete a research fellowship in transplant surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 2000. Dr. Hong then did a secondary residency in surgery at University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and completed a fellowship in transplantation/hepatobiliary surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine in 2007.
"Dr. Hong's appointment will allow for an even greater level of program collaboration with our partners on the medical campus," said, Keith T. Oldham, M.D., surgeon-in-chief and medical director of surgery at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, professor and chief of pediatric surgery and vice chairman of surgery at MCW. "With his years of surgical experience and tremendous expertise in abdominal transplantation in adults and children, this is a winning partnership for patients and families."
Cathy Buck, Froedtert Hospital president, said, "Dr. Hong comes to our campus from one of the nation's leading transplant programs. His expertise and leadership will be instrumental as we coordinate efforts with our partners at MCW and Children's Hospital to offer patients the highest quality care and the newest innovations in solid organ transplantation."
"BloodCenter of Wisconsin is excited to have someone of Dr. Hong's caliber join the medical community," said Gilbert C. White, executive vice president, BloodCenter of Wisconsin and director of Blood Research Institute. "BloodCenter is an active participant and partner with MCW and Froedtert and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in their transplantation program by providing HLA testing for the program and serving as the organ procurement organization for the transplant programs in southeastern Wisconsin. We are eager to support Dr. Hong as he works to develop the transplant program for the patients in our region and the state."
Dr. Hong comes to Milwaukee as the inaugural holder of the Mark B. Adams Chair in Surgery. Dr. Adams led the division of transplant surgery at MCW for 17 years and was appointed chairman of surgery in 2003. In 2001, he was honored with a Distinguished Service Award, MCW's highest honor, for his outstanding contributions to transplant surgery and national leadership status as a highly regarded medical educator and researcher. Dr. Adams died in 2007.
Dr. Hong's appointment is effective October 1, 2012.
About Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin combine the strengths of Froedtert Hospital and The Medical College in an academic medical center that delivers advanced medical care. Froedtert & The Medical College are nationally recognized for exceptional physicians, research leadership, specialty expertise and state-of-the-science treatments and technology. For more information, visit froedtert.com and mcw.edu.
About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis. is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. Children's Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2010, Children's Hospital invested more than $105 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.
About BloodCenter of Wisconsin
BloodCenter of Wisconsin is a private, not-for-profit organization that specializes in blood services, organ and tissue recovery, marrow donation, diagnostic testing, medical services and leading-edge research. BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the only provider of blood to hospitals in 29 Wisconsin counties. BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. For more information, visit www.bcw.edu.