Stephen T. Bartlett, M.D., has been promoted to Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Director of the Comprehensive Divisions of General Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Bartlett will continue to head the Division of Transplantation, but his responsibilities have been broadened to include general surgery, surgical oncology and emergency surgery.
In overseeing these additional areas, Dr. Bartlett will lead the growth and development of expanded surgical programs, and help these surgical divisions develop new, innovative research studies and clinical trials.
"My first priority is to broaden our already strong program in advanced laparoscopic surgery and other minimally invasive surgical techniques to enhance and shorten the recovery time for patients," says Dr. Bartlett. Laparoscopic surgery replaces the need for a large incision and makes it easier for the patient to return to normal activities. It is commonly used today for gallbladder and kidney removal. According to Dr. Bartlett, "It is clear that minimally invasive approaches are adaptable to a wide range of surgical procedures and can help the patient tremendously."
Dr. Bartlett was recruited to the University of Maryland in 1991 from the University of California to develop a major clinical and research transplant program. The program has achieved numerous milestones since his arrival, including Maryland's first simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant and the state's first successful pancreas-alone transplant.
Today, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, the University of Maryland Medical Center is home to one of the nation's largest kidney transplant programs. More than 2,100 kidney transplants have been performed at the University of Maryland over the past 10 years.
"The key to the program's growth and achievement is Dr. Bartlett's commitment to excellent patient care," says Bruce E. Jarrell, M.D., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center. "His philosophy has sparked the invention of new procedures and the improvement of other surgical procedures and led to innovative research and outreach to provide wider access to transplantation. His compassion for patients and their families has inspired his staff and elevated the standard of care throughout his department."
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