Beaumont Health System appoints surgical chair

Ananias Diokno, M.D., chief medical officer of Beaumont Health System, has announced the appointment of Alan J. Koffron, M.D., of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., as Health System Chair, Department of Surgery.

One of the world's leading innovators in hepatobiliary surgery and live-donor liver transplantation, Dr. Koffron joined Beaumont in May 2008 as director of multi-organ transplantation.

"Since arriving, Dr. Koffron has successfully built Beaumont's multi-organ transplant program and was instrumental in launching our first liver transplant program. It recently received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services, less than two years after surgeons performed their first liver transplant," explains Dr. Diokno. "Thanks to his leadership and vision, more patients are benefitting from state-of-the-art kidney and liver transplant procedures."

Dr. Koffron, an active researcher, has served as the principal investigator, co-investigator or sub-investigator for several research projects. This includes a National Institutes of Health-funded grant focusing on live-donor liver transplantation in collaboration with eight other centers. He is a world leader in the development of minimally invasive hepatobiliary surgery, including introduction of this form of surgical therapy at the American Surgical Society. Dr. Koffron has presented at numerous conferences around the world, has authored books and book chapters on surgery and minimally invasive liver surgery and transplantation. He has had more than 90 peer-reviewed papers published.

As an educator, Dr. Koffron has received many teaching awards, including the preeminent teaching award of the department of surgery at Northwestern Medical School. As interim chair, Surgery, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, he recently helped launch a new surgical society for medical students.

Dr. Koffron, left, with the liver transplant team.

Before joining Beaumont, Dr. Koffron served as the medical director of the Living Donor Liver Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and associate professor of transplantation surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School.

Dr. Koffron attended the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed residencies in general, thoracic and trauma surgeries at the University Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School. In addition, Dr. Koffron did a residency in pediatric general surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He then completed dual fellowships in multi-organ and pediatric liver transplantation at Northwestern University and Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

He is also a former Marine Corps officer.

About Beaumont Health System
Beaumont's Surgery department offers patients the latest minimally invasive technology and treatments, with care provided by highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians. Beaumont offers bariatric; cardiovascular; colon and rectal; ear, nose and throat; eye; gynecological; hand; neurosurgery; oral and maxillofacial; orthopedic; pediatric; plastic; thoracic; trauma; urological and vascular surgery. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, ranked on U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" 2012-13 lists for 10 medical specialties, is one of the highest-volume surgery centers in the country.

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