BCM Family
for Faculty, Staff and Trainees
Volume 7, Issue 8
August 2010

BCM surgeon, colleagues celebrate 1,000th liver transplant

Dr. John Goss and Dr. Risë Stribling
Dr. John Goss, professor of surgery at BCM, and Dr. Risë Stribling, associate professor of surgery at BCM, celebrated the 1,000th transplant performed at BCM's Liver Center with their support staff and colleagues.

Baylor College of Medicine surgeon Dr. John Goss recently performed his 1,000th liver transplant and was joined by colleagues to celebrate the milestone at an event last month.

Goss, professor of surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, performed his 1,000th liver transplant on June 7 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.

In the ceremony held at the Marriott Medical Center July 7, colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center celebrated Goss' milestone and each presented him with an award to mark the occasion.

Support team

Goss recognized his support team of surgeons, nurses, hepatologists, medical specialists and support staff, without whom the transplants would not have been possible. He also expressed his appreciation of LifeGift, a non-profit organ procurement organization that recovers organs and tissues for individuals needing transplants in 109 Texas counties.

Goss is director of the Liver Center at BCM and liver transplant programs at St. Luke's, Texas Children's and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. He performed these life-saving operations at these institutions and at The Methodist Hospital over the past 12 years.

Donor heroes

"Liver transplantation provides the sole chance for survival for children and adults devastated by liver diseases. We are all grateful that the organ families have graciously donated to make this operation possible. The donors and our patients are our heroes," said Goss, who is also the chief of the division of abdominal transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at BCM.

The BCM liver transplant program has a survival rate of more than 95 percent. It is the No. 1 program in Texas among programs performing more than 35 transplants yearly.

"The Baylor liver transplant program is an outstanding success," said Dr. Stephen Spann, senior vice president and dean of clinical affairs at BCM. "Dr. Goss, Dr. Stribling and their team have a commitment to excellence that is evident in their success and the life-saving care they have given to hundreds of patients. Liver transplant patients at Texas Children's Hospital, the DeBakey VA and St. Luke's have benefited from the comprehensive team approach that they have championed."

Comprehensive care

Goss and Dr. Risë Stribling, associate professor of surgery at BCM and medical director of the St. Luke's Liver Transplant and VA Medical Center Programs, co-founded The Liver Center at BCM to provide comprehensive care for all patients with liver diseases.

"Our team of hepatologists, radiologists, oncologists, pathologists and medical consultants collaborate with our surgeons to provide advanced medical and surgical care based on the latest research and technologies," said Stribling.

Goss and Stribling both credit their UCLA mentor, Dr. Ronald Busuttil, with motivating them to pursue a collaborative approach to improving the care of all patients with liver diseases and the survival of those undergoing liver transplantation.

"I congratulate Drs. Goss and Stribling on this landmark achievement of performing 1,000 liver transplants. One cannot underestimate the skill, dedication and selfless sacrifices that are required to save so many lives. They and their team should feel a great sense of pride on this momentous occasion," said Busuttil, professor and executive chairman of the department of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles.

The Liver Center has also performed many other firsts, including: