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Hopkins Transplant Center Adds Two Heart and Lung Experts

Additional Expertise Will Enhance Hopkins' Cardiothoracic Programs

The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center has recruited two additional heart and lung transplant surgeons, boosting the size and scope of Hopkins' adult and pediatric cardiothoracic transplant programs.

John V. Conte Jr., M.D., has been named director of the heart and heart-lung transplant programs as well as co-director of the lung transplant program. Jonathan B. Orens, M.D., has been named medical director for the lung transplant program. Both are from the University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, and will join Hopkins on August 7.

"We are very excited to add these physicians to our staff," says Andrew S. Klein, M.D., director of Hopkins' transplant center. "Together they will strengthen our already successful heart and lung transplant programs for adults and children as well as our heart-lung transplant program."

Conte formerly was director of the heart and heart-lung transplant programs at the University of Maryland. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1986 and completed cardiothoracic surgery and transplant residency training at Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. He also is a commander with the U.S. Naval Reserves.

Conte's research interests include organ preservation for transplantation, mechanisms involved with the development of lung infection and coronary artery disease, and fluid passage through tissues of transplanted organs.

Orens previously was medical director of the lung transplant program at the University of Maryland. He received his medical degree from Maryland in 1987 and completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor. He is a principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health study of lung volume reduction surgery for people with emphysema. Conte is a surgery consultant for the study.

Orens' research interests include cardiopulmonary exercise responses following lung transplantation, lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema and the use of ultrasound with tubes used to study the windpipe and air vessels in the lungs.

Together, Conte and Orens have nearly 100 citations and book chapters on lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and surgical techniques and transplantation.

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