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Kidney Foundation honors liver transplant surgeon Halff

San Antonio (March 26, 2003) — Glenn A. Halff, M.D., professor and interim chairman of the department of surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, this month received the 2003 Kathryn Dial Murray Gift of Life Award from the National Kidney Foundation of South and Central Texas. Dr. Halff was one of three San Antonio honorees recognized at the Foundation's Gift of Life Gala at the Sonterra Country Club. Steven A. Wartman, M.D., Ph.D. executive vice president for academic and health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center, presented Dr. Halff for recognition.

Dr. Halff is one of the country's leaders in organ transplantation. He was recruited to the Health Science Center in 1992 to start the liver transplant program offered in conjunction with the University Health System. It has grown progressively to become one of the largest programs in the country — eighth largest among 120 — with excellent survival outcomes. The Health Science Center has been a leader implementing new techniques such as split liver transplants to help two recipients with one donor liver.

Dr. Halff received his medical degree in 1983 from the UT Health Science Center at Houston. He completed a general surgery residency at New York University (NYU) in 1988 and a transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. He helped start and develop the liver transplant program at NYU between 1989 and 1992, when he moved to San Antonio and the Health Science Center. He is board certified in both general surgical and surgical critical care. He is a member of all the major transplantation societies and serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance. He is a sought-after lecturer and has been an author on three book chapters and dozens of journal articles.

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