Friday, September 06, 2013
The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) has named Dr. Stephen T. Bartlett one of its 2013 “Kidney Champions” for his accomplishments in the surgical and medical world, specifically relating to transplantation and kidney health.
“We are thrilled to honor these prestigious doctors as our 2013 Santé, Kidney Champions, who have made such ground-breaking and historic contributions to the field of kidney disease research and organ transplantation,” said Cassie Shafer, NKF-MD’s president and CEO. “Their personal sacrifices will continue to have a lasting impact on the future of kidney health and the success of organ transplantation for generations.”
Dr. Bartlett is the Peter Angelos Distinguished Professor of Surgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, senior vice president and surgeon-in-chief, at the University of Maryland Medical System and immediate past president of the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association (IPITA).
He grew the University of Maryland Medical Center’s kidney and pancreas transplant program into one of the largest and most successful programs in the United States. Currently, UMMC’s kidney transplant program is the second highest volume program in the country and Dr. Bartlett continues to lead a surgery department that ranks among the highest in the country for NIH funding.
His 10-year basic science research effort resulted in the most extensive full face transplant completed in the world to date. The operation, formally called a vascularized composite allograft (VCA), occurred March 19-20, 2012, at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and was featured in a patient profile by Ann Curry during a June 28, 2013 NBC broadcast special.
Dr. Bartlett continues to spearhead basic science research to improve the outcomes of patients with VCAs and recently received additional funding from the Department of Defense to support these efforts.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed residency training in general surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at Northwestern University.
The author of more than 230 peer-reviewed journal articles and 11 book chapters. Dr. Bartlett resides in Cockeysville with his wife, June, and their three children.
Dr. Bartlett will be honored with “Kidney Champion” awards at NKF-MD’s 2013 Santé: A Culinary Odyssey celebration, Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., at M&T Bank Stadium-North Club Level Lounge.
With M&T Bank and The Charles T. Bauer Foundation as presenting sponsors, this premier food and beverage event will feature delicious creations from more than 35 top local restaurants, celebrity judges, live and silent auctions, live entertainment and more!
Proceeds from Santé will help NKF-MD continue to fund patient and community services, education programs, patient advocacy efforts, research and patient financial assistance. For tickets, sponsorship or auction donation information, call 410-494-8545 or visit www.kidneymd.org.
The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, serving central and western Maryland, the Delmarva Peninsula and portions of West Virginia, is the area’s only voluntary health agency dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of kidney and urinary tract diseases. For more information, visit www.kidneymd.org.