Elizabeth Pomfret, MD, PhD, FACS, named chair, Lahey Clinic Department of Transplantation

Release Date: 01/27/2009

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Elizabeth Pomfret, MD, PhD, FACS, named chair, Lahey Clinic Department of Transplantation

BURLINGTON, MA– Elizabeth A. Pomfret, MD, PhD, FACS, an esteemed surgeon and educator in liver transplantation, has been appointed chair of the Department of Transplantation at Lahey Clinic, following an extensive national search. She has oversight responsibilities for the liver and kidney transplantation program and the soon-to-be developed pancreas transplantation program.

Dr. Pomfret led the team that performed the region's first adult live donor liver transplant 10 years ago before joining Lahey Clinic in 1999, where she developed the Medical Center's program in adult live donor liver transplantation. Recognized internationally, the program has performed the most live donor transplants (nearly 200) of any other center in the United States, and has survival outcomes that are ranked as the gold standard for transplantation.

“Liz is a world-recognized surgeon, educator and pioneer in the field of transplantation,” said David M. Barrett, MD, president and CEO of Lahey Clinic. “We are delighted she moves into this new position and know her leadership will continue to drive the high quality, compassionate care that our transplantation patients expect and deserve.”

A graduate of Boston University Medical School where she earned her joint degrees, Dr. Pomfret completed her residency in surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital, where she was chief resident. She then completed fellowship training in multi-organ transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Pomfret received additional surgical training in live donor liver transplantation in Hamburg, Germany, under the tutelage of Dr. Christoph Broelsch. She serves as an associate professor of surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Pomfret's clinical interests include live donor and cadaveric liver and kidney transplantation, as well as the surgical management of tumors of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas.

Since 2007, she has served as chair of the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Liver and Intestinal Transplantation Committee, the body that develops and enforces policy for all US transplant programs. Dr. Pomfret is also chair of the National Transplant Surgery Curriculum Committee for the American Society of Transplant Surgery, with responsibility for the development of the Maintenance of Certification Program in Transplantation.

She was recently elected a councilor for the International Liver Transplantation Society and has been appointed to the Data Safety and Management Board of the National Institutes of Health Adult to Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort Study, charged with monitoring the safety of live donor liver transplantation in the US.

An active researcher, Dr. Pomfret is principal or co-investigator on several research grants examining novel therapeutic strategies for liver transplant recipients and live liver donors. She has lectured extensively globally on the evolution and current techniques of liver transplantation, authored dozens of articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial board of the journal Liver Transplantation.

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