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Halff selected as interim chair of surgery (6-06-01)

Glenn A. Halff, M.D., has been appointed as the interim chair of the department of surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Steven A. Wartman, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the Medical School and executive vice president for academic and health affairs, announced the appointment.

Dr. Halff has directed the organ transplantation program in the surgery department since 1992 and was named head of the division of organ transplantation in 1998. “He brings considerable skill and experience to this position and I am delighted to have an individual of his caliber in this leadership role,” Dr. Wartman said.

Dr. Halff, a native San Antonian, received his B.A. from Emory and his M.D. from the UT Health Science Center at Houston. Following his residency and chief residency in general surgery at New York University, Dr. Halff became a transplantation fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. Following several years on the faculty at New York University, he returned to San Antonio.

Dr. Halff is one of the country's leaders in organ transplantation. He began the liver transplant program here in 1992. It has grown progressively to become one of the largest programs in the country — approximately 10th largest among 120 — with excellent survival outcomes. The Health Science Center has been a regional leader implementing new techniques such as split liver transplants to help two recipients with one donor liver. Dr. Halff also is involved in clinical trials with new immunosuppressive medications to further improve transplant outcomes.

Contact: Will Sansom