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Ronald Busuttil

Ronald Busuttil


Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Surgery. William P. Longmire Jr. Chair in Surgery. Founding Chief, Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation, Department of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

After graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans, Dr. Busuttil earned his MD and PhD degrees at Tulane University. He served his surgical residency at UCLA under Dr. William Longmire and trained in transplantation with Dr. Thomas Starzl at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Busuttil has been a member of the Department of Surgery at UCLA since 1978. In 1984, he established the Liver Transplant Program and was the Director and Chief Surgeon for 37 years. Dr. Busuttil and his team have performed over 7,400 liver transplants.

Dr. Busuttil’s reputation as a pioneer in liver transplant is internationally known. He is admired for his surgical expertise and clinical acumen. He has demonstrated a life-long commitment to the care of desperately ill patients, the training of medical students, residents, surgical fellows, and to the scientific advancement in the field of transplantation surgery.

Dr. Busuttil's training program in liver transplantation is currently recognized as the foremost in the world. He has trained both U.S. and international transplant surgeons, many of whom lead liver transplant programs throughout the world. Dr. Busuttil serves as a reviewer on the editorial boards of many prestigious journals and is the co-editor of the definitive textbook on liver transplantation, entitled Transplantation of the Liver, now in its 3rd edition. He has written over 80 book chapters, 550 abstracts and 860 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Ronald Busuttil is a member of many national and international surgical and transplant societies and holds key committee memberships. Dr. Busuttil previously served as the Co-Chairman of the International Congress on Immuno-suppression, and is currently Past President for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and International Liver Transplant Society.

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