Texas Transplant Center

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Dear Colleague,

Allow me to introduce the Texas Transplant Center.

On the strength of an $11 million contribution from The Sealy & Smith Foundation, UTMB established a comprehensive multidisciplinary organ transplant resource called the Texas Transplant Center in 2007. The Center strives to enhance the University’s regional and national reputation in transplantation and provide tertiary care services previously unavailable to our patients and referring physicians.

The Center is an integral part of the university’s Department of Surgery, widely recognized as one of academic medicine’s premier surgery programs. In fact, among, 128 medical schools, the department was ranked 15th last year in National Institutes of Health funding.

Organ Transplantation at UTMB has a long tradition of excellence; founded more than 40 years ago, it has been a pioneering force in the field since then.

Among our goals, we seek to increase the chances of Texans who need a transplant--especially those in the Houston/Galveston area--of getting an organ transplant. With Galveston in Southwest Transplant Alliance organ procurement organization, a different organization than Houston, patients can double list at UTMB for organ transplantation to increase their chance of transplant.

We're also working to broaden the types of transplants conducted at UTMB, adding liver and intestinal transplant services, an advanced hepatobiliary program,  and offering pancreatic islet transplants for patients affected by diabetes. And, through our first class research activities, we work to provide innovative treatments from bench to bed-side.

Regardless of the type of procedure, our surgeons and medical subspecialists work very closely to ensure that our transplantation patients receive the most advanced treatments possible. Our Texas Transplant Center care team also works diligently with our patients, their families and you, the referring physician, to provide constant feedback regarding your patient’s health status.  We believe good communication is the key to providing exemplary patient care.

If you think just one of your patients might benefit from our program or if you simply want more information about our center and its capabilities, I am at your service. Our 24/7 phone number is (800) 323-4109 and my personal email is lucicale@utmb.edu.

Each of us at the Texas Transplant Center looks forward to serving you and your patients.

Luca Cicalese MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Transplantation Surgery
Director, Texas Transplant Center
Office 409-772 2412
Fax 409-747 7364
e-mail: lucicale@utmb.edu

The Ashbel Smith Building at UTMB, "Old Red"

Call for assistance day or night 409-772-2222

Dr. Luca CicaleseDr. Luca Cicalese, director of the Texas Transplant Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, welcomes your inquiry and looks forward to serving you. Dr. Cicalese came to UTMB from the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, joining the UTMB faculty in 2007. He was responsible for establishing the liver and intestinal transplantation programs at the University of Massachusetts. With his team, Dr. Cicalese performed the first intestinal transplant in New England in May 2004.

Physician Colleagues:

If you believe one of your patients might benefit from our program or if you simply want more information about our center and its capabilities, I am at your service.  Our 24/7 phone number is (800) 323-4109 and my personal email is lucicale@utmb.edu.


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