Peltz wins Blalock Scholarship

Dr. Matthias Peltz, assistant professor of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, recently was awarded the prestigious Alfred Blalock Research Scholarship, given by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Peltz will use the funds — $160,000 over two years — to study metabolic strategies for preserving heart and lung tissue for transplant surgery. Organ preservation strategy is a major focus for improving the success of transplants and extending the time between obtaining an organ and surgical implantation.

“The long-term goal of my research is to bring machine perfusion preservation of hearts to the clinical arena,” Dr. Peltz said.

“We’re extremely proud of Dr. Peltz and his efforts,” said Dr. Michael Jessen, chairman of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. “This research is critical to furthering the understanding of tissue preservation, which we hope will increase the number of solid organs available for transplant in the field.”

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Dr. Jessen holds the Robert Tucker Hayes Foundation Distinguished Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Frank M. Ryburn Jr. Distinguished Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation.

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