Devon John, MD appointed SUNY Downstate Interim Chair of Surgery


Dr. John was recruited to Downstate in August 2010, and has served as chief of transplantation surgery. He completed his residency and a research fellowship at SUNY Downstate from 1988-1995, and then completed a joint Downstate/NYU fellowship in kidney and liver transplant surgery from 1995-1997. Afterward, he accepted a faculty appointment at NYU. He was appointed director of kidney and pancreas transplantation in 2006.

“Dr. John is a committed educator and an exemplar of service leadership,” according to Carlos N. Pato, MD, Dean of the College of Medicine. ” Dr. John serves on numerous local, statewide, national, and international medical and policy committees. He has also been involved in the development of (and performance of) kidney donor and transplant procedures in his native country of Trinidad. Dr. John’s interests in organ transplantation include increasing minority access to organ and tissue transplantation, living donation, MRI usage in evaluating kidney function, and the impact of spirituality on outcomes in organ transplantation.”

Dr. Douglas Lazzaro, professor and chair of ophthalmology and vice dean for clinical affairs, is recognized for his “assistance in leading the Department of Surgery through this transition. In his role as vice dean, Dr. Lazzaro will be a resource for Dr. John, and he will also continue to chair the search committee for a new chair of surgery.”

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