Hospital Physician Leadership Award ~ 2014


Hospital Physician Leadership Award ~ 2014
Dr. Ronald W. Busuttil, MD
& the UCLA Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Ronald W. Busuttil is currently Distinguished Professor and Executive Chairman of the UCLA Department of Surgery and holds the William P. Longmire, Jr. Chair in Surgery. Additionally, he serves as founding Chief of the Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation and Director of the Pfleger Liver Institute, which includes the Dumont- UCLA Transplant Center and the Dumont-UCLA Liver Cancer Center.

After graduating magna cum laude from Loyola University in New Orleans, Dr. Busuttil earned both his MD and PhD degrees at Tulane University. He served his surgical residency at UCLA under Dr. William P. Longmire, Jr. and was trained in transplantation by Dr. Thomas Starzl at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a member of the UCLA surgical faculty since 1978.

In 1984, he founded the Liver Transplant Program and has been the Director and Chief Surgeon for 30 years. It has since grown to become one of the largest liver transplant centers in the world. Clinical activities encompass the entire spectrum of liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery for adults and children. Dr. Busuttil and his team have performed over 5600 liver transplants, and is internationally recognized..

His contributions have been recognized through many awards and honors, including but not limited to the American Surgical Association Medallion for Scientific Achievement, American Society of Transplant Surgeons Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in Transplantation Surgery Award and the 2013 Pioneer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.